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BOOK REVIEW | Kazuo Ishiguro tells a weirdly mesmerising tale in Klara and the Sun

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Japanese-British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. (Photo by Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images)
Japanese-British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. (Photo by Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images)

Klara and the Sun (Faber & Faber) has been longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize and is up against the novels of South Africans, Damon Galgut (The Promise, Umuzi) and Karen Jennings (An Island, Karavan).

Kazuo Ishiguro has won many awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. He is one of the great masters of our time, and this novel shows it yet again. 

Like Ishiguro's earlier Never Let Me Go (2005), this novel deals with adults who behave badly when it comes to the rights of children. Is it possible that our grandchildren will have their children genetically modified, or "lifted" as in this novel? This question runs concurrently with the ethical use of robots and whether or not there is such a thing as a unique "human heart", which means humans can never reproduce an exact copy or continuation of another human.

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