• Klara and the Sun

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Sura Siu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Klara and the Sun

By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Sura Siu
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

Longlisted, 2021 Booker Prize

Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Guardian, Esquire, Vogue, Time, Washington Post, The Times (UK), Vulture, The Economist, NPR, and Bookriot

On President Obama’s Summer 2021 Reading List

The magnificent new novel from Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro - author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

“The Sun always has ways to reach us.”

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior 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 forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. 

In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: What does it mean to love?

©2021 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2021 Knopf Canada

Critic Reviews

NTERNATIONAL & #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
ONE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
NAMED A BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times, Time, NPR, Washington Post, Vogue, USA Today, Town & Country, The Guardian, Vulture, and more

One of the most affecting and profound novels Ishiguro has written. . . . I'll go for broke and call Klara and the Sun a masterpiece that will make you think about life, mortality, the saving grace of love: in short, the all of it.” Maureen Corrigan, NPR 

“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

“Moving and beautiful. . . an unequivocal return to form, a meditation in the subtlest shades on the subject of whether our species will be able to live with everything it has created. . . . [A] feverish read, [a] one-sitter. . . . 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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Good book but!

I really enjoyed the unique, thought provoking storyline but the English accent the narrator is attempting put me on edge and made me grit my teeth.