Book Reviews and Highlights

Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Fiction
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction
  • Visionary & Metaphysical
  • Our generation still carry the old feelings. A part of us refuses to let go. The part that wants to keep believing there’s something unreachable inside each of us. Something that’s unique and won’t transfer. But there’s nothing like that, we know that now.
  • Part Four | Page: 169
  • That science has now proved beyond doubt there’s nothing so unique about my daughter, nothing there our modern tools can’t excavate, copy, transfer. That people have been living with one another all this time, centuries, loving and hating each other, and all on a mistaken premise.
  • Part Four | Page: 180
  • ‘In many ways, Josie, yes. And it’s not like I really lost my job. It’s all been part of the changes. Everyone’s had to find new ways to live their lives.’
  • Part Four | Page: 186
  • If one child has more ability than another, then it’s only right the brighter one gets the opportunities. The responsibilities too. I accept that. But what I won’t accept is that Rick can’t have a decent life. I refuse to accept this world has become so cruel. Rick wasn’t lifted, but he can still go far, do very well.
  • Part Four | Page: 189
  • The birds are data-gathering, that’s right. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be used for privacy-invasive activity.
  • Part Four | Page: 199
  • Favoritism, like any other form of corruption, works best when it remains unacknowledged.
  • Part Four | Page: 200
  • ‘Perhaps all humans are lonely. At least potentially.’
  • Part Four | Page: 208
  • ‘You played for low stakes and what you’ve won is small and mean. You may feel pretty smug just now. But I’m here to tell you, you’ve got no reason to be feeling that way. No reason at all.’
  • Part Five | Page: 224
  • When he’d posed his question – about children really understanding what it meant to love – I believe he was already sure of the answer and was simply raising the question for my benefit.
  • Part Six | Page: 232
  • Klara, the fact is, there’s growing and widespread concern about AFs right now. People saying how you’ve become too clever. They’re afraid because they can’t follow what’s going on inside any more. They can see what you do. They accept that your decisions, your recommendations, are sound and dependable, almost always correct. But they don’t like not knowing how you arrive at them. That’s where it comes from, this backlash, this prejudice. So we have to fight back.
  • Part Six | Page: 235
  • Klara deserves better. She deserves her slow fade.
  • Part Six | Page: 236
  • But however hard I tried, I believe now there would have remained something beyond my reach.
  • Part Six | Page: 242