Comparing ‘Klara and the Sun’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro #bookreview #UnpopularOpinion #speculativefiction #dystopian #scifi #humanity #cloning #AI #AF #friendship #loyalty #lovestory #KlaraAndTheSun #NeverLetMeGo #asianauthor

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.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Great way to do comparisons. I don’t read much scifi and haven’t heard of these books.

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Thank you for reading, Rosie. If you enjoy slow meandering writing style, his books might/can be your cup of tea.


  2. nsfordwriter says:

    Very interesting post, Jee! I’m afraid I disagree, Never Let Me Go is a better read, LOL… but it’s good to see a comparison and hear your opinions! They are both slow and meandering, however, and that’s a feature of Ishiguro’s writing in general.

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      I also had you in mind (besides stargazer) when I was reviewing this, thinking to myself, I bet the both of you will disagree with me! 🙂 And I agree with you on his writing style. Thank you for reading, NS.

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  3. stargazer says:

    OH NO!! 😉 Hehe, just kidding. Great analysis! Don’t agree, though….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jee Wan says:

      TQ for reading, stargazer. Yes, I remember very clearly you’re a big fan of NLMG 🙂 I had you in mind when I was reviewing this and was thinking to myself, I really hope stargazer won’t ‘hate’ me for this haha

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      1. stargazer says:

        Haha, don’t worry! I wont forget, though!! 😁

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  4. Wow! This is an interesting analysis. Looking forward to reading both works of Ishiguro and will come back to this.

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Thank you for reading, Shaina. I hope you’ll enjoy both books. Looking forward to reading your thoughts!


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