Klara and the Sun

When my friend Kim reminded me of the newest Ishiguro novel, I knew I had to read it, and I’m glad Kim joined too. In the picture I’m featuring the hardcover Knopf American edition, which print font, paper quality, and feel, are a pleasure.

The idea of this book started as a children book. It’s not a children book, but I can see the traces of why or how this was conceived as such. Klara has that childlike quality to her.

I appreciate Ishiguro’s dystopian books. They are uncomplicated yet they invite us to think about serious topics. As usual, his books become an obsession specially when you read the last line. I’m going to sound ‘smart’, I guess, but probably he just likes us to contemplate his questions, more than giving answers. This title in particular, is delightfully open ended, while also giving resolution to the main plot of the story. It’s an art that he has. The Ishiguro touch, LOL.

There’s many interviews in which he expresses his desire to step away from book genera, which limits the book somehow.

I have noticed that, being an alive author, Ishiguro writes to ignite and revive the book conversation. He also writes the book that he wants to see in existence, the book that demands to come to life, the one he has within himself, that gravitates around his topics of interest, or existential questions. He says his different titles appear as ‘different stories’ but that in a way, they are modulations of the same story. I feel what he means, after having read all his books.

Klara and the Sun is delicate, it has a beautiful flow to it. I can’t fault anything other than I always want more, but I’m aware that to present us with this gem, he goes through an arduous and lengthy process. He is not what we’d call super prolific, which makes each of his books more priced in their own place.

I’m thrilled to share that this book will also be made into a movie, although we don’t have a date for it to be released. I do love all the movie adaptations of his books in their own merit. No matter how they compare to the book, they are more on Ishiguro, more on his books, another opportunity to hear and see more of his universe.

This was such a quick read, that I’m making a little bit of time, -a few months- to be ready to read it again. It’s not that one has to, but sometimes, the second read, -knowing the end- enhances the experience, and it still delights. If they make it into a movie, I will definitely reread it before watching the movie.

Having read all his books, I’d recommend anyone new to him, to start with this one. It captured his Japaneseness or Ishiguroness, -for lack of a better term-, along with having all his themes of interest, and that dystopian/intemporal/very common life feel and atmosphere that form his trademark.

12 thoughts on “Klara and the Sun

  1. The Artist is more blurred than The Remains. This one, to your advantage, is more on The Remains side. Not as stream of conscience as The Artist. The IE topic affects the book positively too, imo.

  2. This one is on my TBR. You said: “but probably he just likes us to contemplate his questions, more than giving answers”. I said something similar in my review for The Remains of the Day – I said that in The Remains of the Day events that are told and/or actions of characters are both elements that Ishiguro presents the reader with but leaves it open-ended. In other words, as readers, we don’t receive answers to all our questions. And since writing that review I’ve read two more Ishiguro titles and find that same quality in each of those as well. I haven’t gotten around to The Buried Giant yet, but it’s sitting on my shelf waiting for me. I just need to add Klara and the Sun to my shelf too! 🙂 The Artist of the Floating World is probably my least favorite of all the ones I’ve read, but it was still a good meditative, contemplative read.

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  4. Enjoyed reading and discussing this with you! Only my 2nd Ishiguro book but will need to read more. 🙂 I also found a video commentary comparing Klara and the Sun to Mansfield Park! Will send it to you.

  5. I’ve read ‘Remains of the Day’ & ‘Artist of the Floating World’ both of which I really liked. Thanks for the review, Silvia – I would like to read more of his work.

  6. I can only think that this would be rewarding to any and all of you who have enjoyed another title or titles by him. Simple and artistic and non demanding. Difficult to put down.

  7. It’s a quick and rewarding read but whenever you feel like it. It’s
    most similar to those two titles you mentioned.

  8. Silvia–so nice to read your post, particularly when it concerns one of my very favorite authors. Unlike you, I haven’t read all Ishiguro’s novels, but I do love his work (Never Let Me Go is my favorite, closely followed by Remains of the Day). I’ve had a copy of Klara for some time, but haven’t gotten around to it; your enthusiasm makes me want to bump it to the top of my mountain of unread books!

  9. I have a paperback edition of this waiting to be read,.Silvia, bought recently even though I’d already got three other unread titles of his already. From your spoiler-free commentary I’m even more keen to read it!

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