NOVEL REVIEW: KLARA AND THE SUN BY KAZUO ISHIGURO
Welcome back to Fadima Mooneira. Today, I want to share with you guys a review of a novel I finished reading two weeks ago. The novel is titled Klara And The Sun. The novel is written by Kazuo Ishiguro. Now let's begin the review with Kazuo Ishiguro's profile.
ABOUT KAZUO ISHIGURO
Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese novelist who lives in the United Kingdom. He was born on the 8th Of November 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan. He moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 5 with his parents. Besides being a novelist, Ishiguro is also a screenwriter, musician, and short-story writer.
Ishiguro is an award-winning author. Most of his novels have won awards and are listed as bestsellers. Some of his novels are A Pale View Of Hills, An Artist Of The Floating World, The Remains Of The Day, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant, and Klara And The Sun.
ABOUT KLARA AND THE SUN
The novel, Klara And The Sun (KATS) belongs in the self-discovery and dystopian genre. The setting of the story takes place in the dystopian future world where robots walk the earth with humans.
The story follows a robot girl named Klara. Klara is designed and manufactured as an artificial companion to teenagers. In the dystopian future world, school is a thing in the past. Children in the future no longer go to school because the world is extremely polluted. They all study at home with an on-screen tutor. And because of this, opportunities for socialization become limited for children. So all parents get their children a robot friend as a companion.
The story begins at a robot store where Klara is for sale. From the window of the store, Klara learns about the outside world, the sun, and hopes that one day she will find an owner and a new home. As a solar power robot, Klara believes that the sun is her God. To the sun, Klara prays for good things to herself and others.
One day, a 14-year-old girl named Josie enters the robot store. Josie is looking for a robot friend. Josie chooses Klara to become her artificial companion. At first, Josie's mother advises her to choose a robot from the latest model. Klara is not a robot from the latest model. But Josie still wants Klara. To Josie, Klara is special. So the mother gives Klara a test. She asks Klara to imitate Josie. Klara passes the mother's test. And the mother agrees to buy Klara.
After living with Josie and her mother, Klara learns that life outside the store is not exactly what she expected. Klara also finds out that Josie had an elder sister named Sal. Sal died when Josie was a baby due to a terrible disease. And Josie herself is ill and dying.
In the middle of the story, Klara finds out the real reason why Josie's mother agrees to bring her into the family and ask her to imitate Josie several time. It's because the mother wants Klara to replace Josie if the girl dies. Klara disagrees with the mother's plan. So every day she prays to the sun to give Josie hope to live.
So will the sun listen to Klara's prayer? Will Josie have hope to live?
MY REVIEW OF KLARA AND THE SUN
KATS is one of the best novels I've read this year. KATS is a very imaginative novel to me. Before KATS, I never read a novel set in the dystopian future world. So this is something new and different to me.
I like the way Ishiguro writes his story and delivers his messages to his readers. As a reader, I believe that this novel is not just Ishiguro's imagination, but it is also the author's prediction of what the world is going to be like in the future. I believe that Ishiguro as a baby-boomer is warning us, Millenials to reflect on ourselves, the way we treat each other, and the world. Our attitude today might be our future, guys. If we don't change ourselves now, it will bring an impact on the future generation and the world.
I also believe that the setting in KATS is the world after the Covid-19 effect. Guys, if we did not treat each other and the world with kindness, the world is not going to revive after Covid-19. We might have a dystopian future. This is what Ishiguro is trying to tell us in his writing. Besides the dystopian future, Ishiguro also highlighted issues on the environment, humanity, love, and society in KATS.
Overall, I believe KATS is a brilliant novel. I might repeat reading it soon. I rate this novel 10/10 and highly recommend it to my fellow bookworms. Guys, Klara And The Sun is a novel you must not miss. After all, KATS has already been recognized as one of the best novels in 2021. This novel has received positive critiques from book experts and it is also a bestseller. Plus, KATS will be adapted into a movie soon. So please add this novel to your TBR. Trust me, you guys are going to love this novel.
Last but not least, I'm thankful that I already read this novel. Thank you to my mother for buying this novel for me as a gift. I really love it, Eomoni. You're the best ^_^
Ok, so this is my review of Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. So has anyone read Klara And The Sun? If yes, what are your opinions of this novel? Please share your opinions with me in the comment box below.
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