The AoI Book Club discusses a wide range of literature, with a bent towards contemporary fiction, but older works are also discussed if the themes are topical.
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 behaviour 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?
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Ella Whelan journalist and commentator; author, What Women Want; co-convenor, Battle of Ideas festival; columnist, spiked and The Critic.