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The Japanese Lover
(3.5) Allende is a wonderful storyteller. This isn’t up to the level of her South American novels (e.g. The House of the Spirits), and in elaborating both Alma’s and Irina’s stories there’s a bit too much telling rather than showing, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book all the same – I devoured it in just a few days. Allende is sensitive to both the process of aging and the various strategies for dealing with traumatic events from the past. If you’re interested in exploring the internment of America’s Japanese during World War II, two other novels that also feature this shameful historical episode are The Buddha in the Attic by Julia Otsuka and China Dolls by Lisa See.
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