I picked this book up because it fit one of my reading challenge prompts (a book translated from an Asian language) and because the cover caught my eye. Never let anyone tell you that covers don’t matter. This was a fairly quick read and felt more like various vignettes than a novel but there was a uniqueness to the story that I enjoyed.
This book has been EVERYWHERE recently and its popularity seems to have come out of nowhere. It has appeared on a bunch of best of lists and has been the pick for numerous book clubs. My library currently has 30 people waiting to get their hands on this book so the hype isn’t going anywhere. I usually steer clear of books that are popular just because they are but I had heard good things about this one. I am so glad I read this book because it was a beautiful, haunting read and I can’t recommend it enough.
This book has been on my TBR list for a while so I was very happy when my book club picked it to read. I had heard great things which sometimes worries me. Would the book be as good as most people say it is? Will these reviews cloud my own judgement of the book? What if I’m the only person to not like it? In the end, I shouldn’t have been worried because this book exceeded my expectations. I fell in love with Eleanor and Raymond and was charmed by the writing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.