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Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

Large Print - 2021
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"From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara--an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities--watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara she is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In this luminous tale, Klara and the Sun, Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2021]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593396568
0593396561
Characteristics: 403 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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orangelibrarycard
Jul 29, 2021

Enjoyed Klara's enchanting childlike (even poetic) voice that slowly reveals a future world where children are "lifted" and whose parents purchase artificial friends for them. With her observant and questioning brain, Klara strives to be the Artificial Friend her companion child needs. Spare and slow-moving but an interesting build to understand the future the author envisions. That future shows gender, race, and societal class continues to separate humans and the robots as well.

takeclare Jul 10, 2021

Klara and the Sun is Ishiguro’s latest novel, and characteristically reflects a finely-wrought, deeply affecting emotional tone. Klara is an ‘Artificial Friend’, a model of android purchased by parents as companions for children. Operating via solar power, Klara increasingly develops an affective, spiritual attachment to the sun, supplicating to its nourishing rays as she searches for help. Ishiguro’s novel is a story of love, of faith, and of the fragility and beauty of the human condition. When a book moves me to the point of tears, it lingers - and Klara and the Sun wields this power.

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Legend62
Jul 07, 2021

Well written. Very engrossing. All about a robotic friend (Artificial Friend - AF) that is in a shop for families to buy for a companion for their children. An interesting twist to it for the family. In the end though kind of a let down. I expected more but a good read.

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MeOwnEyes
Jun 28, 2021

I want one. AI is inevitable. But how about an AF that’s not only programed to be extremely loyal, aware of peoples feelings, but also has the ability & desire to learn about new experiences. Author has a keen ability of having the reader have feelings for Klara, who needs sunlight, but also holds an almost religious respect for the sun. We’re asked what really is heart felt love. Why was there a Cootings machine, & what was it’s real purpose? Found it hard to buy into the neck episode. Still, I enjoyed the overall content of the read.

JCLIanH Jun 28, 2021

Ishiguro's Nobel Prize for Literature was well earned, and he one again proves that here. The way he can hop around genres, and yet deliver universal and incisive storytelling is incredible. Here he examines humanity through the eyes of an android with the technical curiosity of "I, Robot" but the emotional weight of the movie "Her."

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beetlebaily
Jun 27, 2021

This book is not as good as his earlier novel "Neve let me go" which I considered superb. However, this book is excellent. I give it 4 stars out of 5. It is gripping and deals with many complex issues, but primarily the love for one human being to another, and the inability of even the most sophisticated technological creation to comprehend and reproduce this feeling.

DPL_Graham Jun 21, 2021

A truly memorable book by Ishiguro, author of The Buried Giant. Klara is an android built to be a companion and caretaker for kids and teens. Praised for her empathy and observation abilities, Klara sees the world around her vastly different than the people who inhabit it with her. Her faith in the sun and it's ability to heal is contradictory to what an android is - or is it her android abilities mixed with empathy that helps her see possibilities where humans can not? Blade Runner mixed with magical realism and a Philip K. Dick book, this one to read more than once!

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Adele_Jaunty
Jun 19, 2021

In Ottawa, those who like the Voice of Fire painting will likely like this book as the book in my view is the equivalent in writing. The book reviews I read all indicated a spectacular read, with lots of hype. The book itself is a great let-down, repetitive in places, and nonsensical and tedious in Klara pursuing the sun as the cure.

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WeBeYYC
Jun 16, 2021

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cloverpatch1
Jun 09, 2021

A really annoying prose style. Possibly ranks in the top ten worst ever. I get it but ...

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