Question of the day, Klara or Kathy?
For me, it was an easy choice. Klara. And yes, I believe I’m in the minority or possibly the only one in the entire bibliography world 😅 But I wasn’t so surprised because it took me three times to start and finish ‘Never Let Me Go’, while I was drawn to Klara from the start and had no problems finishing it.
So, after finishing Klara, I went ahead and read ‘Never Let Me Go’ to see what was the hype all about.
Here’s my comparison of them (I’ve done it in a table format as for me, personally, I found it easier to compare it this way) and why I preferred ‘Klara and The Sun’ to ‘Never Let Me Go’:
So, that’s it. My thoughts on both books. Regrettably, I didn’t enjoy NLMG as I wanted to, especially after reading so many positive reviews of it. Fans of NLMG, please forgive me! When I started Klara and The Sun, I had no expectations, and so was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Klara as a narrator. As mentioned above, I might be in the minority. (Or possibly, the only one!)
That said, I’m glad I read both books!
Below I’ve included some of my favorite quotes from Klara and NLMG.
Favorite quotes from Klara and The Sun:
“Hope,” he said. “Damn thing never leaves you alone.”
“But then suppose you stepped into one of those rooms,’ he said, ‘and discovered another room within it. And inside that room, another room still. Rooms within rooms within rooms. Isn’t that how it might be, trying to learn Josie’s heart? No matter how long you wandered through those rooms, wouldn’t there always be others you’d not yet entered?”
“Sometimes,’ she said, ‘at special moments like that, people feel a pain alongside their happiness. I’m glad you watch everything so carefully, Klara.”
“It must be great. Not to miss things. Not to long to get back to something. Not to be looking back all the time.”
Favorite quotes from Never Let Me Go:
“If you’re to live decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you.”
“Why did we do all of that work in the first place? Why train us, encourage us, make us produce all of that? If we’re just going to give donations anyway, then die, why all those lessons? Why all those books and discussions?”
Have you read both books? What did you think? Did you prefer one more than the other or you enjoyed/disliked both?
In case you’re interested, I’ve uploaded below, a trailer of the HK drama series I mentioned above.