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Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

2021 . Fiction, Literary, Science Fiction, Visionary & Metaphysical, Dystopian . Kazuo Ishiguro

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Klara and the Sun

About the book

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is "an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness" (The Associated Press). - A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! "What stays with you in 'Klara and the Sun' is the haunting narrative voice--a genuinely innocent, egoless perspective on the strange behavior of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear." --Booker Prize committee Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior 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?

Year:

2021

Language:

English

Publisher:

Alfred A. Knopf

Pages:

303

ISBN:

059331817X (ISBN13: 9780593318171)

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Reviews

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New York Times Best Sellers image

4 months ago

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An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

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Sherlene

10 months ago

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Very thought provoking and a reflection of humanity

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Magda Bien

1 month ago

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At first quite interesting but from the middle through the end was really disappointing and repetitive.

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Abby Cole

2 months ago

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This book wasn’t for me. Writing was quite simplistic and I was listening to the audio book and found the readers voice really distracting . I didn’t finish the book so it will be one I’ll come back to and try to get into a bit more

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4 months ago

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Nobel laureate Ishiguro takes readers to a vaguely futuristic, technologically advanced setting reminiscent of his Never Let Me Go for a surprising parable about love, humanity, and science. Klara is an Artificial Friend (AF), a humanlike robot designed to be a child’s companion. She spends her days watching humans from her perch in the AF store, fascinated by their emotions and hungry to learn enough to help her future owner. Klara, who is solar-powered, reveres the sun for the “nourishment” and upholds “him” as a godlike figure. Klara is eventually bought by teenager Josie and continues to learn about humans through her interactions with Josie’s family and childhood friend. When Josie becomes seriously ill, Klara pleads with the sun to make her well again and confronts the boundary between service and sacrifice. While the climax lends a touch of fantasy, Klara’s relationship with the sun, which is hidden at times by smog, touches on the consequences of environmental destruction. As with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity (“There was something very special, but it wasn’t inside Josie. It was inside those who loved her,” Klara says). This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.

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John Szakacs

7 months ago

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Great start, decent middle, but the last bit didn’t seem as believable. It didn’t flow well after the morning of sunshine

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Livvi Frazer

8 months ago

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Great book- for me the narrator was a little off with the whole “cyborg” character occasionally but over all very good.

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