Klara and the Sun: The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller
By Kazuo Ishiguro
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?Tweet
Read with Gloucester Book Club. I really love Ishiguro’s novels but this one is not my favourite. For me it doesn’t compare with Never Let Me Go. It’s set in the near future with an artificial friend Klara who’s bought as a companion for a young girl Josie, who appears to be very sick with an unnamed condition. It’s a book asking the reader to question the whole idea of robots and AIs, and how they are treated and the ethics around genetic modification of children. Those who have and those who have not. Having said it’s not his best, it’s still a good read if you’re an Ishiguro fan.
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