Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

fiction science fiction
emotional reflective slow-paced

320 pages | first published 2021

Klara and the Sun, 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.

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emotional 89%
reflective 78%
hopeful 36%
challenging 31%
mysterious 31%
sad 26%
dark 15%
inspiring 15%
adventurous 10%
funny 5%
informative 5%
relaxing 5%
tense 5%


medium 44%
slow 33%
fast 22%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 93% | No: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 42% | No: 35% | N/A: 14% | Yes: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 21%

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