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Klara and the Sun Hardcover – March 2 2021
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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
“What stays with you in Klara and the Sun is the haunting narrative voice—a genuinely innocent, ego-less perspective on the strange behaviour of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear. This is a fiction that not only asks in general about the nature of consciousness and personal dignity but presses home the assumptions we make about how we value some consciousnesses more than others and how we make others serve the cause of our survival.” —2021 Booker Prize Judges
“One of the most affecting and profound novels Ishiguro has written. . . . I'll go for broke and call Klara and the Sun a masterpiece that will make you think about life, mortality, the saving grace of love: in short, the all of it.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR
“A delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“With his new novel, the Nobel Prize-winner reaffirms himself as our most profound observer of human fragility in the technological era.” —Giles Harvey, The New York Times
“Moving and beautiful. . . an unequivocal return to form, a meditation in the subtlest shades on the subject of whether our species will be able to live with everything it has created… [A] feverish read, [a] one-sitter. . . . Few writers who’ve ever lived have been able to create moods of transience, loss and existential self-doubt as Ishiguro has — not art about the feelings, but the feelings themselves.” —The Los Angeles Times
“For four decades now, Ishiguro has written eloquently about the balancing act of remembering without succumbing irrevocably to the past. Memory and the accounting of memory, its burdens and its reconciliation, have been his subjects. . . Klara and the Sun complements [Ishiguro’s] brilliant vision. . . . There’s no narrative instinct more essential, or more human.” —The New York Times Book Review
“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 . . . This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A deft dystopian fable about the innocence of a robot that asks big questions about existence” —The Financial Times
“Flawless . . . This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go, with which it shares a DNA of emotional openness, the quality of letting us see ourselves from the outside, and a vision of humanity which — while not exactly optimistic — is tender, touching and true.” —John Self, The Times (UK)
“With its hushed intensity of emotion, this fable about robot love and loneliness confirms Ishiguro as a master prose stylist.” —Ian Thomson, The Evening Standard
About the Author
- Publisher : Knopf Canada (March 2 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735281246
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735281240
- Item weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 16.03 x 3.12 x 24.16 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very few novelists have been able to make futuristic writing interesting in a sustained way. Doris Lessing was bad and Ray Bradbury really innovative and fascinating.
But this book will waste your time if you are interested in A.I.; more so if you like character development.
I am currently enjoying another book by Kazuo Ishiguro called Never Let Me Go. I also downloaded The Remains of the Day. I think I have found a new author to follow.
You'll enjoy this book if you are interested in thinking about some of the possibilities that could come from humans and androids intermingling.
I gave it a 5 because I felt it was very well written and kept my interest throughout. Gobbled it up.
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Plotwise, the narrator is Klara, an AF (Artificial Friend) to the teenage Josie, who lives an isolated life, aside from neighbour and potential boyfriend Rick, out in the country. She's is suffering from an illness whose cause is not really made specific. In fact in this dystopian future quite a number of things are not quite clear for much of the book. (What, for example, is the pollution spewing Cooting Machine?) Anyway, Klara's job is to observe and learn about Klara, and this she does, though her observations do become rather tiresome after a while. And I'm afraid the huge error she makes in regard to the Sun is simply, for me, not believable for one so otherwise intelligent. And the anti-climatic ending, while poignant, I found unsatisfying.
I kept going with this because it was Kazuo Ishiguru and does contain some fine passages, but it was a bit disappointing really.
If this doesn’t win awards and make it onto all of the best of the year lists I will be astonished.