Klara and the Sun (Paperback)Kazuo Ishiguro (author)
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A luminous new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, Klara and the Sun explores the uncharted implications of AI to human relationships and the abiding question of what it means to love.
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
From the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, a stunning new novel - his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature - that asks, what does it mean to love?
The novel tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, 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.
A thrilling feat of world-building, a novel of exquisite tenderness and impeccable restraint, Klara and the Sun is a magnificent achievement, and an international literary event.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'A masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.' - Sunday Times
'Another masterwork, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity' - Observer
'Intelligent, beautiful, mesmeric and a breeze to read - what more could you want?' - Metro
'A delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.' - The Washington Post
'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 Sun complements [Ishiguro's] brilliant vision... There's no narrative instinct more essential, or more human.' - The New York Times Book Review
'A prayer is a postcard asking for a favor, sent upward. Whether our postcards are read by anyone has become the searching doubt of Ishiguro's recent novels, in which this master, so utterly unlike his peers, goes about creating his ordinary, strange, godless allegories.' - The New Yorker
'Few writers who've ever lived have been able to create moods of transience, loss and existential self-doubt as Ishiguro has - not art about the feelings, but the feelings themselves.' - The Los Angeles Times
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