The Klone And I, by Danielle Steel, is next up on our 100 Bestsellers List reading challenge. This is touted as a high-tech love story.
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Years and years ago I read several of Danielle Steel’s novels. I remember enjoying her themes of women struggling to combine career and family and love, trying to have it all. The women seemed strong and independent, and at the end of the day, the importance of family bonds was always the most important thing. At least that’s how I remember her novels. After reading The Klone and I, I have to wonder just how reliable my memory is.
Stephanie, the main character in The Klone and I was a disappointment in many ways. She is indecisive, inattentive, self-centered, and naïve. I suppose being naïve is not a bad thing, but reading about someone that naïve after the life experiences she had gone through – divorce, raising children – made her unbelievable. Maybe it was the trust fund that enabled her to go through life without seeming to really commit to life.
And speaking of unbelievable, shall we discuss Paul, the clone? I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written in 1998 when computers were just beginning to become an integral part of our lives, but still seemed quite magical. Anything was possible if a computer was involved, including life-like clones. Paul, though, is so over-the-top that I simply could not buy the whole premise.
I understand why this book made The Bestseller Code’s top 100 list, because it is 100% about relationships, mostly Stephanie and her relationships with her ex-husband, with Peter, and with Paul. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Stephanie. I didn’t like the dismissive attitude she often had about her children. I didn’t like how easily she was swayed by the fun and free-wheeling Paul while knowing he wasn’t real and that he was using Peter’s money to buy all the gifts for her. I found Stephanie to be shallow and self-absorbed. Overall, The Klone and I was a disappointment.
What did you think of The Klone and I? Did you find Paul believable as a clone?
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The story tanked for me when the clone showed up. I agree that it was impossible to suspend disbelief enough to even find it humorous.