The Japanese Lover
By Isabel Allende
Alma Belasco is 8 years old when she flees Warsaw to stay with her aunt and uncle in San Francisco. Alma befriends Ichimei Fukada, the Japanese son of the family gardener, and begins a 50 year love affair. This is their story.What did it make me think about?
How much societal norms have changed for the better.
Should I read it?
It was a quick, light, summer beach book.
“First of all, the Japanese could not go outside a radius of 5 miles from their homes without a special permit and had to obey a nighttime curfew from eight p.m. To six a.m. The authorities began to raid houses and confiscate possessions; they arrested influential men who might incite treason,community leaders,company directors, teachers, pastors, and took them away to undisclosed locations; their terrified wives and children were left behind. The Japanese had to quickly sell off whatever they owned at knockdown prices, and to close their businesses.”