Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 1:54pm by marianaroo
One of the most anticipated books of 2021 is the novel Klara and the Sun by the British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. Like many others, I discovered Ishiguro in 2005 through his masterpiece, Never Let Me Go. In 2015, I had the pleasure to attend a reading of his book The Buried Giant in Ann Arbor, sponsored by the University of Michigan English Department.
Klara and the Sun is the first book he has published since that lecture and since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.
To my delight Klara and the Sun continues the dystopian theme seen in Ishiguro’s previous work. Klara, our narrator, is a robot with human appearance that was created as an Artificial Friend (AF) to accompany children in the distant future. The first sentence of the book is also Klara's first thought:
"When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half the window."
And so the story begins. Klara's journey, beautifully observed by Ishiguro, is a quest to understand human nature while fulfilling her duties as an AF. The reader will find her journey dazzling and full of meditations about what it means to be a human.