Klara and the Sun
Klara and the Sun is the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller
Featured in Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2021
‘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, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
A masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.
This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go, with which it shares a DNA of emotional openness, the quality of letting us see ourselves from the outside, and a vision of humanity which — while not exactly optimistic — is tender, touching and true.
There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno’s arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love.
Another masterpiece, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity.
It is innocence that forms Ishiguro’s major subject, explored in novels at once familiar and strange, which only gradually display their true and devastating significance
With its hushed intensity of emotion, Klara and the Sun confirms Ishiguro as a master prose stylist.
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