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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
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really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, lit-in-translation, war-fiction

(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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Reading Progress

May 12, 2015 – Shelved
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
October 13, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
October 13, 2015 – Shelved as: lit-in-translation
October 29, 2015 – Started Reading
November 1, 2015 – Shelved as: war-fiction
November 1, 2015 – Finished Reading

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Michaelyn Sloan Just didn't meet my expectations. Interesting with regard to aging process but felt like all the characters were shadowy figures. I love Allen's but gave this one a 3!


Rebecca I can see why you'd say that. I'm not all that familiar with her older work but did love The House of the Spirits.


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