Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun

By Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Release Date: 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 729 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick • A Best Book of the Year by Harper's Bazaar, Vulture, and more

A magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro—author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day"a masterpiece that will make you think about life, mortality, the saving grace of love” (NPR).

The first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature tells 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?

In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro's books as "novels of great emotional force" and said he has "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."


  • Futuristic Fairy Tale

    By carocross
    Ultimately unsatisfying.
  • Exceptional and unique

    By jgctetmh
    Powerful storytelling in a simple tale.
  • Poignant, sharp, timely - a near-classic

    By HQ-2
    I was taken by this story, which was thought provoking and heart wrenching, and most of all the rigorously imaginative prose. klara’s observations of human behavior, so naive yet so far seeing into the circumstances and motivation of the people she encounters, sparked profound reflection into my own worldview. The writing was sometimes astonishing, carving the subtlety of a multitude of human emotions into their simplest forms. The mechanics of the plot itself were less important to me than then the perspective the story exposed, but I would understand a more equivocal or negative response to this book if the plot concerned you most. After reading, I am left inspired to look outwards with more curiosity - and to ultimately understand more of the world around me, like Klara.
  • 👌

    By sokhte
  • stays with you

    By retneva
    haunting book, that lingers like the finish of a quality wine, yet a somewhat boring read. some characters were quite dimensionless. but dear Klara! and i do not look at the sun the same way now
  • Beautiful

    By RLOMD
    Beautiful book about human emotions, especially love.
  • A must read!

    By Blahblehityblah
    An absolutely breath-taking book that had me hooked.
  • Ishiguro excels again

    By JulieR39
    Intriguing. Thought provoking. Finely crafted. Leaves one with many questions to ponder.
  • It made me fall more in love with the world

    By Seelosen
    It is a sweet and eloquent novel, told from the “objective” perspective of a robot that processes feelings and thoughts through close scrutiny of humans, through their words, gestures, and actions. It is a love story-of the many kinds of love humans are capable of experiencing,and how our loves change over time, some never really going away. It is also a love story for Mother Earth. As an artist myself, I reveled in the imagery, in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. This novel, like his “The Remains of the Day,” begins as a sapling and blooms into a wonder. As a high school English teacher, I will recommend this novel for summer reading.
  • Intriguing arcs that never went anywhere

    By JoJoU55
    So disappointed especially in the ending. Waste of my time.