Passion. I’m guessing that tens of thousands of novels will be published this year that will explore the theme of love. Few of those novels will be as well written as Isabel Allende’s novel titled, The Japanese Lover. With gracious lyrical prose, Allende offers deep insight into human nature and our propensity toward enduring love. Over the course of a brisk three hundred pages, Allende develops characters over decades of time, and captures the special dynamic of aging and love. Any reader who has loved and who has aged will delight in the recognition of love and the passing of time that Allende displays in this finely written novel.
Rating: Five-star (I love it)
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