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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Wow.

I don’t know what to say.

The novel is set in a dystopian future in which some children are genetically-engineered (“lifted”) for enhanced academic ability.

As schooling is provided entirely at home by on-screen tutors, opportunities for socialization are limited and parents who can afford it often buy their children androids as companions.

The book is narrated by one such Artificial Friend (AF) called Klara. Although exceptionally intelligent and observant, Klara’s knowledge of the world is limited. …

This is his 8th novel. But my first Ishiguro.

Very skillful.


Publishers Weekly
 praised the “rich inner reflections” of Ishiguro’s protagonist, writing, “Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity.” [6]

In her review for The New York TimesRadhika Jones notes that Klara and the Sun returns to the theme of The Remains of the Day as “Ishiguro gives voice to: not the human, but the clone; not the lord, but the servant. 

In a positive review, Cherwell described Ishiguro’s novel as characterised by “elegance and poise”, praising the narrator Klara as “a memorable first-person narrative voice, simultaneously robotic and infantile, scrupulous yet naïve.”  [8]

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