PositiveComplete ReviewIshiguro unfolds his story in a series of neat feints. From the reader\'s worry, early one, that Klara won\'t find a buyer, he advances the story in a series of steps where things could go different ways. The central question throughout, of course, is whether Josie is doomed, or whether she will be cured. Ishiguro nicely adds to the tension by making clear that Josie\'s mother is contemplating a Plan B, in case Josie doesn\'t make it, and so throughout there\'s the question of which way things will go ... Neatly developed, Klara and the Sun is agreeably unsettling. Ishiguro plays quite expertly with expectations, slow and careful in what he reveals -- aided by the use of narrator who is limited in perception and understanding. He captures the parent-child dynamic well ... A moving novel, Klara and the Sun effectively addresses quite a variety of big issues.
Hiroko Oyamada, tr. David Boyd
PositiveThe Complete ReviewThe Hole is effectively atmospheric, and Asa a well-drawn figure, a woman at sea in a world where expectations and possibilities ... It makes for a fine little story, with Oyamada particularly good at keeping the story unsettling.