- To share the joys of reading fiction.
- To discuss a selection of excerpts from Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun.
- To exchange ideas on Ishiguro's narrative techniques, his recurrent themes and his fictional universe.
- To build strategies that will enable the participants to take an active role in the creation of multiple possible readings of the novel.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (2021) revolves around the life of Klara, a very special AF (artificial friend). Klara befriends Josie, a very sick child who is facing a serious and life-threatening condition. As their relationship flourishes, Klara decides to do her utmost to help save Josie, going as far as asking the Sun to heal her with his "nourishing rays". In his latest novel to date, Ishiguro goes back to some of the themes and concerns he explored in Never Let Me Go (2005): what makes us human? How can we draw the line between human life and humanlike existence? Is there a limit to what a parent will do for their child? What are the boundaries (if any) of science? These questions resonate throughout Klara and the Sun and lead us to wonder if awareness of our own finitude is a blessing or a curse.
- Reading of key sections of Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun and some excerpts from Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.
- Guided group reflection and exchange of ideas on a selection of excerpts from the novel.
- Presentation of an integrated approach to the text.