Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber 2021)

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Another masterpiece from this Booker (1989) and Nobel (2017) Prizewinning author, Klara and the Sun is thematically similar to his Never Let Me Go (2005), in that they are both set in the near future, in a similar but not quite familiar world. Klara is an AF, an android-like companion for a teenage girl, and she is the narrator of the novel. This allows for an oblique, naive view of humanity which Klara struggles to understand, but as the novel progresses, the reader comes to a greater understanding of what is going on in the world than she does. That is an extraordinary clever and well sustained technique, which is what Ishiguro tends to do in all of his novels - the main purpose of the book isn't directly told, but is inferred. I found this very gripping and compelling, and very sad and thought provoking - it's certainly a bleak view of humans! Highly, highly recommended.