Thursday Quotables: The Japanese Lover


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

NEW! Thursday Quotables is now using a Linky tool! Be sure to add your link if you have a Thursday Quotables post to share.

Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
(published 2015)

I just finished reading Isabel Allende’s newest novel, published last year, and will write up my reaction in the next few days. Meanwhile, here’s a lovely little description of the power of young love:

At the age of twenty-two, suspecting their time was limited, Ichimei and she had gorged on love to enjoy it to the full, but the more they tried to exhaust it, the wilder their desire became, and whoever says that every flame must sooner or later be extinguished is wrong, because there are passions that blaze on until destiny destroys them with a swipe of its paw, and even then hot embers remain that need only a breath of oxygen to be rekindled.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Click on the linky button (look for the cute froggie face) below to add your link.
  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!



7 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Japanese Lover

  1. Pingback: From My Commonplace Book: Quotes I Love – Hopewell's Library of Life

  2. Had trouble linking so used a tiny url that now looks like spam Ugh. Here’s the real URL
    I’ve had Allende’s trilogy on my list for ages–the one you quote from has the most interesting title by far. The quote makes me want to run and get it and start it immediately.
    Thanks for doing the link-up–I really love the idea. I didn’t have any stand-out quotes this week, so I pulled on I haven’t already posted.

  3. Hi Lisa! I’ve been eyeing this meme for a few weeks and will hopefully participate on Thursday. Very excited! I am constantly writing down quotes and passages from books, so this will be a super way to share some of those!

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