The Japanese Lover Book Reviews

Isabel Allende

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende Book Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover is written with the same keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits. The Japanese Lover is a moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

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Book Name The Japanese Lover
Genre Literary Fiction
Language English
E-Book Size 9.45 MB

The Japanese Lover (Isabel Allende) Book Reviews 2024

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The Japanese Lover. Looks like a good book :^)

full of beauty. It reminded me a bit of House of Spirits. Eloquently written and infused with nostalgia, poetry, mystery, love, loss, and the power of healing.

The Japanese Lover. I have enjoyed many of Allende's other books, but unfortunately not this one. This book felt very disjointed and very drawn out.....a disappointment!!

Loved this book!. It’s characters really stand out and bring a warmth that made me dread finishing the book. Highly recommend 😍😍

It's ok. This was a Luke warm read. I kept waiting to be drawn in and just never was.

A True Love Story. A love story Allende-style, where the story is more than a narrative but the backdrop to characters that in the course of 600 pages become friends. Allende brings to live emotions, wisdom, and cultures effortlessly. Always believable, and when we get to the end we feel as if we walked for a while alongside these people. Read for yourself and fall in love with life itself.

Wonderful,elegant story. Loved this well written book. A pleasure to experience.

Lovely story of love. A beautiful story of one woman and the people she loves and the people they love. Romance, love, family and relationships with a few twists. Very engaging.

I like this book. Get this book it's worth it

History and Love. This is an epic love story, but really it touches on lots of heavy subjects. It starts right before WWII, and ends in the current decade. Many major events between those times are highlighted: Jewish people fleeing their home countries, Japan bombing Pearl Harbor, war, Japanese Americans being in camps, prejudice between different races, homosexuality, AIDS, sex trafficking, and more. All of these things happen in the lives of the main couple or someone close to them. There are several emotional parts. I didn’t break down crying, but so many things touched my heart. I definitely recommend it.

Weak plot. Very weak plot and unrealistic details. Like the girl is blond like all native Moldova people ( a little research and you will see that they actually have darker features...) girl is all muscles from chopping wood in her teens, but then you realize she actually grew up in states in suburbs since she was 10...

The Japanese Lover. Beautiful storytelling.

Japanese Lover. Wonderful story and historical novel along with being one of the most sensitive renditions on aging I have ever read. It was a tragic love story but life affirming as well.

Allende Amazes. I so loved this book. I resisted reading it because I did not think I would connect with it. Imagine my surprise - I connected with every page. She surprises with insight, twists and turns of life. Thank you, Isabel. RTR

Life. The Japanese Lover was a real depiction of life. The feel of mortality that sets in as we age. It hit home for me as in my 64 I realized I am reaching the pinnacle. I am closer to the top than I care to be. However if we dwell on what is to come we might as well throw ourselves off where we stand. Well written and pleasure to read

Worthy read. I started out struggling with this book. But Allende's incorrigible romanticism lured me in and hooked me. By the end of the book, I was in love with the characters and the author. Some of the political and social references were somewhat forced, I felt. Also, the third person style set the reader at a distance from the characters. Give this book a chance. Hopefully, you'll feel the author's love of life and romance at the end, as I did.

The Japanese Loved. Don't waste your valuable time with this book. I found it extremely boring. I actually made it to the awful ending. This is not this author's best work.

Wonderful story!. Highly recommend this book. It will keep you intrigued and educated on the trials of the Japanese during WWII.

Roch. A wonderful story about the many layers of humanity that are involved in a lifelong love. Beautiful from start to finish.

The Japanese Lover. This book is not worth your time

Beautifully understated and refined. This was the first book I’ve read by this author. Some reviews here say this book isn’t as good as her previous work. If that is the case, well then I want to gorge myself with all of her writing. I absolutely loved this book. It was a thoughtful and delicate look at the sunset of life. As someone who is currently caring for an elderly parent and one who has spent many years living in Japan - this book truly moved me. It reflects on love, healing, compassion and yes, dying. Much of Japanese culture/religion finds its power in the spaces between. If you study ikebana or ukiyo-e, it’s often the negative space that holds meaning. That’s what I found in this book...just consume and let the pieces fall into place, find the greater meaning outside the narrative.

The Japanese Lover. This book is wonderful, well written, smooth, full of life and love. It tells a story with gentleness I found very refreshing.

Allende is a great writer.. I’ve enjoyed all of her books. Ella es una escritora estupenda.

Absolutely wonderful. I have not read it is this good in such a long time?

Japenese Lover. What a waste of time. I loved her early work but her ability has sadly deteriorated. The characters were shallow, the plot (was there one??) overreaching, and it felt that she called this one in. There is a lot of really good literature to spend your life with...this isn't it.

The Japanese Lover. Incredibly boring. Couldn't bring myself to finish it.

Great read. There were a few unexpected twists in this book that added to an already enjoyable read. I liked the layers of different stories - there were just enough (but not too many) to keep the book flowing and interesting. Fairly quick read, which I was looking for.

Don't waste your time. I loved the beginning of this book with the spot on observations on aging, but quickly lost interest as the plot dissolved into a series of silly and unbelievable scenarios. Very disappointing.

Missmeha. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

A Japanese Lover. I enjoyed this story that weaves together the lives of two families the Belascos and the Fukudas in a passionate love affair between Alma and Ichimei. Allende does a wonderful job of setting the characters in both a past/present San Francisco that highlights important historical events from the 1940s to end of this century. She also does a great job of adding an emotional tapestry that urges to continue reading till the end.

Loved it!. Great book from a great author.

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The The Japanese Lover book written by Isabel Allende was published on 03 November 2015, Tuesday in the Literary Fiction category. A total of 1,137 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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