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Becoming Person in Love
Reviewed in India on 14 March 2021
When I read ‘The Buried Giant’, for a long time, and even today, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The couple, their quest, the giant; everything still remains alive in my mind. A similar feeling dawned on me when I finished reading ‘Klara and the Sun’. There was something supremely beautiful and intelligent about this book that has tugged itself to me. Here is Klara, an artificial friend (AF) to Josie who is suffering from something only her AF could save her from. With her belief rising in the Sun, Klara is determined to be the best friend Josie could ever have. But Klara, with her qualities of observation like that of a raconteur, has feelings toward those around her. Her observations of others throughout the novel runs both with, feelings and a distance from them. She discovers a totem to which she ties herself and places all her hopes on. She finds someone to give herself to. She lives a life which settles into memory collapsing into each other like the various things she discovers of being a person. Ishiguro writes about Klara and her Sun with simplicity, one that’s elegant and yet so complex. The language with which he captures details is magnificent. I couldn’t put the book down despite deadlines weighing on my mind. I wanted to sit, walk, lie down but not stop reading the novel. I don’t think I wish to write anymore on this. Sometimes some books deserve lesser words and more time to be with you, sink into your mind and remain like a memory from one’s own life; such is ‘Klara and the Sun’. I think this easily qualifies for my second best Ishiguro after TBG.