Klara and the Sun

A Novel

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Number of pages: 320

Publisher: Knopf

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 978-0593318171

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese-British novelist, screenwriter, musician, and short-story writer. Ishiguro won a Nobel Prize. He was selected for his “novels of great emotional force” that have “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”


Editorial Review

Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Book Reviews

“A delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.”

“It aspires to enchantment, or to put it another way, reenchantment, the restoration of magic to a disenchanted world. Ishiguro drapes realism like a thin cloth over a primordial cosmos. Every so often, the cloth slips, revealing the old gods, the terrible beasts, the warring forces of light and darkness.”

“For four decades now, Ishiguro has written eloquently about the balancing act of remembering without succumbing irrevocably to the past. Memory and the accounting of memory, its burdens and its reconciliation, have been his subjects…Klara and the Suncomplements [Ishiguro’s] brilliant vision…There’s no narrative instinct more essential, or more human.”

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She could fail to notice so much, and even when I pointed something out to her, she’d still not see what was special or interesting about it.

They lost each other. And perhaps just now, just by chance, they found each other again.

There was something very special, but it wasn't inside Josie. It was inside those who loved her.

Until recently, I didn’t think that humans could choose loneliness. That there were sometimes forces more powerful than the wish to avoid loneliness.

Hope,’ he said. ‘Damn thing never leaves you alone.

Perhaps all humans are lonely. At least potentially.

They fought as though the most important thing was to damage each other as much as possible.

Sometimes,’ she said, ‘at special moments like that, people feel a pain alongside their happiness.

People often felt the need to prepare a side of themselves to display to passers-by – as they might in a store window – and that such a display needn’t be taken so seriously.