Klara and the Sun: The Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year Paperback – 3 March 2022
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*The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller*
*Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021*
*A Barack Obama Summer Reading Pick*
'A delicate, haunting story' The Washington Post
'This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go . . . tender, touching and true.' The Times
'The Sun always has ways to reach us.'
From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
In Klara and The Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
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Ishiguro is a remarkable novelist. -- Neil Gaiman
Ishiguro writes with an inner freedom that is significant and rare. If the structure of a novel can be seen as a physical space of its own, he has been building wild and endlessly subtle things. -- Madeleine Thien
Every book of his is about the same thing - memory - yet every one is intensely different in structure and setting and plot. I like writers who try to make their books anew, every time. -- Hanya Yanagihara
The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller
A Barack Obama Summer Read
Longlisted for the Booker Prize
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
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Plotwise, the narrator is Klara, an AF (Artificial Friend) to the teenage Josie, who lives an isolated life, aside from neighbour and potential boyfriend Rick, out in the country. She's is suffering from an illness whose cause is not really made specific. In fact in this dystopian future quite a number of things are not quite clear for much of the book. (What, for example, is the pollution spewing Cooting Machine?) Anyway, Klara's job is to observe and learn about Klara, and this she does, though her observations do become rather tiresome after a while. And I'm afraid the huge error she makes in regard to the Sun is simply, for me, not believable for one so otherwise intelligent. And the anti-climatic ending, while poignant, I found unsatisfying.
I kept going with this because it was Kazuo Ishiguru and does contain some fine passages, but it was a bit disappointing really.