The Japanese Lover is Isabel Allende’s latest novel. On the surface the book is a tale of enduring love. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find this slim novel touches on: stereotyping, racism, loss, aging, poverty, sexual assault, friendship, unconventional relationships, euthanasia, Japanese internment camps, Latina sensibilities, the effects of the Holocaust, AIDs, Insects and fairy tales. Allende’s use of magical realism is either lightly used or wrapped throughout, depending on what the reader allows the eye to see. The Japanese Lover lingers even after the final page.
Isabel Allende’s work, all translated from Spanish, is prolific. Check out JPL’s wonderful collection including: Daughter of Fortune and Portrait in Sepia and The House of the Spirits—also an excellent film starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas and Vanessa Redgrave.
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