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‘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 modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
Arguably 2021's biggest event in literary publishing.
Ishiguro delivers a story, very much of a piece with his Never Let Me Go ... A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible.
Nobel laureate Ishiguro takes readers to a vaguely futuristic, technologically advanced setting reminiscent of his Never Let Me Go for a surprising parable about love, humanity, and science ... This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.
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.
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.
A master craftsman.
Ishiguro is a remarkable novelist.
To explain too much of the plot would be to deny the strange, eerie pleasure of watching it unfold, but it’s a world that feels richly imagined and meticulously constructed, even while its mysteries continue to reveal themselves. Klara and the Sun once again marks Ishiguro as a master of the ache of missed opportunities and lost connections, as he unpicks the tangled web of how we forge relationships with others and how we deny them too.
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