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Isabel Allende – The Japanese Lover epub book

Isabel Allende - The Japanese Lover epub book

Isabel Allende – The Japanese Lover epub book

The Japanese Lover: A Novel

Author : Isabel Allende
Publisher : Atria Books 
Release : November 3, 2015
Genre : Literature & Fiction

Book Review

Named one of the most anticipated novels of the year by New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal,Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more. From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.

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 exploresquestions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and 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 profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

Review

“[Allende] is a dazzling storyteller, with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society’s changing fashions. She may be writing a fairy tale for adults, but like the best of the genre, it’s almost irresistible.” (Associated Press)

“Allende’s engrossing narrative spans 70 years of tumultuous world history, but the powerful message you’ll take away is that love — all kinds of love — will take root and endure under the most harrowing conditions.” (People Magazine, Book of the Week)

The Japanese Lover is animated by the same lush spirit that has sold 65 million copies of her books around the world… a novel that’s a pleasure to recommend.” (The Washington Post)

“Like the incomparable storyteller she is, Isabel Allende does not release us from the novel’s spell until the last pages, with a brief but bittersweet hint of her famed magical realism.” (Miami Herald)

“[An] epic novel from a master of the form.” (Elle)

“Monumental…A multi-generational epic of fate, war, and enduring love.” (Harper’s Bazaar)

“Allende…delivers a poignant story of race and aging, loss and reconciliation.” (San Jose Mercury News)

“Allende’s magical and sweeping tale focuses on two survivors of separation and loss…Befitting the unapologetically romantic soul bared here—the poignant letters to Alma from Ichimei are interspersed throughout—love is what endures.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due.” (Kirkus)

“The latest from the writer who’s been called Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s successor. It’s a love story that covers a lot of ground, from Nazi-occupied Poland to present-day San Francisco. You won’t want to put it down.” (theSkimm)

“The Japanese Lover is a poetic and profound meditation on the power of love: a common theme, sure, but in Allende’s capable hands this trope is made utterly new.” (Bustle)

“Themes of lasting passion, friendship, reflections in old age, and how people react to challenging circumstances all feature in Allende’s newest saga, which moves from modern San Francisco back to the traumatic WWII years. As always, her lively storytelling pulls readers into her characters’ lives immediately… the story has many heart felt moments, and readers will be lining up for it.” (Booklist)

Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author,
Isabel Allende

“Spectacular…An absorbing and distinguished work…The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” (New York Times Book Review)

“An alluring, sometimes magical tale…In its tumultuous story of rebellion and love among three generations, it is an allegory in which any family should be able to recognize a bit of itself.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Nothing short of astonishing… Isabel Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city and country, spiritual and political values. She has done so with enormous imagination, sensitivity, and compassion.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The only cause The House of the Spirits embraces is that of humanity, and it does so with such passion, humor, and wisdom that in the end it transcends politics…The result is a novel of force and charm, spaciousness and vigor.” (The Washington Post)

“Compelling…A splendid and fantastic meditation on a people and a nation.” (Booklist)

“Allende is a talented writer who deftly uses the techniques of magical realism but also shows great sensitivity in the delineation of character.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her latest novel is The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California. Her website is IsabelAllende.com.

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