World Book Day 2022 is April 23, and it’s the perfect excuse (as if we needed one) to curl up with a nice read.
As a team full of bibliophiles, Tatler editors reflect on their favourite books written by Asian authors. From lengthy epics such as Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy to timeless classics like Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, our selection is as diverse as it is personal.
1. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
I’ve long been a fan of the British author Kazuo Ishiguro’s bittersweet slow-burn reads, and his latest novel was a treat. Told through the eyes of a solar-powered “Artificial Friend”—Klara, the titular protagonist—Klara and the Sun has a fable-like quality to it, through the character’s astute observations and yet child-like worldview. It tracks Klara’s experiences of being selected as a companion for a sickly child, and explores what it means to love, presenting a possible future scenario that is both evocative and quietly heart-wrenching.
– Hong Xinying, Regional Managing Editor, Tatler Homes