A Robot in the Garden

A Robot in the Garden

Book - 2015
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What would you do if you found a rickety robot sitting under a tree in your back garden?

For floundering 34-year-old Ben Chambers the answer is obvious: find out where it came from and take it there to be fixed, even if it means risking his marriage in the process. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the endearing robot, Tang, to the far side of the globe...and back again. Together they will discover that friendship can rise up under the strangest circumstances, and that Artificial Intelligence can teach a man what it is to be human.

Funny, touching, charming, wise and a bit magical, A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel, perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345815330
Branch Call Number: INSTA
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 07, 2018

A Robot in the Garden is delightful and heartwarming. Tang the robot is loyal, clever, at times difficult to manage and an altogether fantastic creation. Although the story felt more than a little contrived, it is well worth the read just for the delightful retro robot. This is not a story with earth shaking revelations or rewarding emotional depths, it is a feel-good story that makes you smile.

Jan 24, 2017

A charming, quirky book. Utterly enjoyable, and a perfect light but not fluffy book to enjoy over a vacation or weekend or just when you need a break from the news of the day. If you liked Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore for being a modern day quest, I think you'll enjoy this book. Highly Recommended.

Dec 18, 2016

Tang is delightful, but the humans are too predictable.

Dec 01, 2016

Enjoyed the book. Took me about 100 pages to be engaged with the storyline but I was glad I stuck with it. Interesting viewpoint on human and "robot" friendships. Nice side story regarding growth of human maturity. I would recommend this book to friends who want a sweet story and don't mind robots.

ArapahoeAlice Aug 05, 2016

One of the most charming books I've read in years. Highly recommended to anyone fond of "gentle reads." The novel is so many things--poignant, funny, insightful. Could not put it down.

Don't let the idea of a robot put you off if you don't like science fiction. Everything in the setting is absolutely normal except that the world has robots and androids that perform useful tasks. Tang, the robot, reminded me of R2D2 as a small child.

An Englishman named Ben has been mourning the death of his parents for five years. One morning he discovers a small robot in his garden. No one knows where the robot has come from. It is covered with grime and spends its time staring at the horses next door. The man's wife wants him to take the robot to the dump. She wants a brand-new useful android. The man, in his typical obstinate way, refuses. And so his life begins to change.

Jun 23, 2016

A wonderful read that reminds us that we must all come to grips with our grief in our own way. An epic journey, seeing the odd that the world has to offer and finding friendship in the unlikely form of a robot named Tang.

Nov 01, 2015

A charming and whimsical story, which I really enjoyed.

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