Nothing like the first week of June to start one of the 12 books on my can’t-wait-to-read summer list. No matter that school is still in session! I have only read one other Kazuo Ishiguro book (When We Were Orphans reviewed here) and I was lucky enough to get Klara and the Sun from the library. There is a lot of hype around this book right now and I was excited to dive in. Sadly, I hated the first half and tolerated the second. I can see why people might enjoy the story, but it wasn’t for me and left me with too many questions and small irritations along the way. Amazon’s description: “Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?” Even this description falls flat for me upon reading it. Please share in the comments why you liked this one, if you did.
Found the book disappointing. It was nothing like I had thought it would be. I did finish it, but only because a friend who had read it wanted to discuss it. I liked his other books much better, these characters seemed flat and under developed, and hard to relate to.
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