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Klara and the Sun
Klara and the Sun: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun is a magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro--author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day. Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells 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 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? In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro's books as "novels of great emotional force" and said he has "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."
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kwmg40
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The weekend was busier than expected, so I've managed only 9.5 hours for the #20in4 readathon so far. @Andrew65

However, I did finish this new book from one of my favourite authors and it did not disappoint! I'm looking forward to seeing how it does in the #TournamentOfBooks next year. #tob22

Andrew65 That‘s a great total. Well done 👏👏👏 21h
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LostInSpace
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Every time I read something of Ishiguros it stays with me for a while.

A profound and thought provoking story of a robot who can think and feel, and keeps her sickly best friend Josie company whilst hoping for her recovery.

Seeing the world through Klaras eyes is refreshing as she tries to navigate a human world she doesn‘t quite understand.

What a gorgeous story 🖤

IuliaC Great review! I enjoyed this novel very much👍 1w
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AileenRR
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A calm, quiet, slightly disturbing listen through the eyes of a female AI. Glad I read it, but probably won‘t re-read. It did make me interested in looking into the author‘s other books.

marleed I read this just after finishing The Remains of the Day and it just didn‘t live up to my experience inside the earlier book. 1w
Vansa I didn't like this book at all! I found the resolution completely ridiculous, honestly. And the narrative voice was just irritating. The basic core is so profound-what is it about us that makes us .."us" and not merely one among others.It wasn't explored well at all.It felt like a mashup of Remains of the day and Never let me go,done badly. 1w
AileenRR @marleed @Vansa I‘m really going to have to look into his earlier works if they‘re that much better 1w
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Martta
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I realized that there are sooo many book pictures I haven't published this fall just because I've been so busy with my studies. 🤓

Here is one. My colleague gave me this late birthday present in October. 😁

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alysonwrites
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I was really curious to read Ishiguro‘s take on AI, and although this isn‘t my most favorite of his, I found it intriguing for sure. Ishiguro‘s spare prose never explains, only observes, as does Klara, the insightful AI MC, in this quiet but touching story.🔸#septemberreads2021

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Graywacke
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This is something to think about. A look at artificial intelligence from a couple different angles, and exploring some human psychology while doing so. The sun worship is so strange and beautiful and disturbing; and the reasoning - what kind of statement is Ishiguro making about religious faith? I‘m still thinking, but it‘s an easy read and very pleasant on audio.

@Hooked_on_books what do you think about where this almost went? 🙂

Hooked_on_books There were so many places I thought this might go! I thought grooming Klara to potentially become Josie was so chilling. And then I was sure Josie‘s dad was going to kill Klara when he suggested taking the fluid out of her head. And I thought the end was good but so depressing! Couldn‘t they reboot the AFs for someone else instead of tossing them into a warehouse to slowly die? This book says so much about people and our behavior. 1mo
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books oh i so agree with your last sentence. Yeah. Wow. Her dad was such a mystery. What did he do to her, and why? And did it affect her? But mostly replacing Josie was deranged … and never resolved. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I think there‘s a lot that‘s unresolved in this book and it really works, since that‘s how our lives are. I don‘t think Josie‘s mom ever interrogated (that we saw) how problematic her replacement plans for Josie are. She was putting so much energy into that instead of just being with her daughter or trying to help her improve. Part of me would love to see a related book told from her perspective so we can get into her brain a little bit. 1mo
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Graywacke @Hooked_on_books oh, that might be a tough book. Chrissie (eek, i don‘t know how it‘s spelled) was really worked up and bonkers. And I agree about all the unresolved stuff. It‘s odd how her survival saves a lot of other problems. … I was thinking about this conversation. A lot happens at the end. Is Rick telling us Josie is different? It‘s interesting because of course Klara as a replacement could not have foreseen that. She presumably 👇 1mo
Graywacke 👆could only imitate what she‘s seen. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I feel like Josie and Rick were naturally growing apart at the end, but didn‘t pick up anything about Josie being different, except of course for the gene manipulation she had before the action starts that‘s never described other than the consequence of her illness. I think Klara realized by the end that she could not have fully mimicked Josie—she had more insight on that than Josie‘s parents after she learned. 1mo
BarbaraBB Fabulous comments. Makes me reconsider my opinion. 1mo
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books I understood the genetic editing to be a cause of her illness, that she had to survive that at some risk. ?? As for Josie‘s change - I could be making that up. Just seems that we know she has a fluid experimenting personality, and Rick is more constant and settled. So their distance with maturity might mean Josie chose a different version of herself than the one with Rick - or it might not mean anything. ☺️ 1mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB Thanks, and that‘s really cool of we‘re making you reconsider. 🙂 1mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB That‘s great! Even if one didn‘t like this book much, I still think it provides much to talk over. It would be a great book club book. 1mo
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IuliaC
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I loved the narrator Klara, an artificial intelligence designed to be a child personal companion. She seems to explore the human world with the innocence and purity of a child and yet her observations of human drama, relationships, society and emotions are unexpectedly profound. Is her understanding of the world different and mysterious or is it just as human as ours?

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Hooked_on_books
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I found it fascinating to look at the world and the human condition through the eyes of artificial friend Klara, first in the store where she hopes to be purchased, then with her new “family.” The book definitely took some dark turns in the second half that I wasn‘t expecting, but they really worked!

@Graywacke Let me know if you want to discuss when you finish!

Graywacke Definitely! (Worried about those dark turns.) I‘m listening and it will take me a few more commutes. Glad you finished and enjoyed it 1mo
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Graywacke
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Started a new audiobook this week, my 4th from the Booker longlist, and so far good stuff. I‘m really into it.

Hooked_on_books I‘m listening to this one this week, too! I‘m really enjoying it. 1mo
Ericalambbrown This is such a good book! I really love Ishiguro‘s work 1mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts, I was a bit underwhelmed while I‘m a fan of Ishiguro 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Graywacke @Hooked_on_books ooh, cool. I‘m finding it a bit of a mystery sort of thing. Who is Rick? Why does this AF have feelings? What is wrong with Josie? That kind of thing 1mo
Graywacke @Ericalambbrown this is the first time I have read him. (I‘ve meant to for years…but, well…he was part of a long list of “meant to‘s”) 1mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB interesting. I think I tend to agree with you about underwhelming stuff. 1mo
Hooked_on_books Yeah, it‘s like peeling back the layers of the onion as we gradually learn what is happening. And an interesting way to approach looking at the human condition. 1mo
JamieArc @graywacke I agree with you about the mystery thing. Wondering what “lifted” meant kept me turning the pages. 1mo
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books huh, yeah. An onion. (Sorry if that brings up Shrek in my head…☺️😁). Got a little spooky for me at the falls. 1mo
Graywacke @JamieArc i‘ve heard that word, “lifted”, once so far. But it left me really curious… 1mo
BarbaraBB I hope not of course, I hope you‘ll end up loving it 🤞🏽 1mo
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Allkat
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Catching up on rating some recent reads. Didn‘t want this one to end. And it ended the way I was afraid it would. Klara is a memorable character in many ways.🤖

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nocto
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A quiet and interesting book. I thought I was going to end up unsatisfied with it and in a way I am, but also, the ending wasn't what I was expecting and so I was satisfied. I read it without knowing what it was about so I don't want to spoil it for anyone too much. In the end I think it was an exploration of how we piece together ideas and belief systems. Nothing mind bending, but definitely thought provoking.

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Tamra
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Struggling with this one and it isn‘t because of Clara‘s character; I‘m just not particularly drawn to principle characters who are children. 🧐

Cathythoughts Interesting! Look forward to your final thoughts 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts well, if another audio book comes available on my shelf I may bail.😏 (edited) 2mo
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BookishTrish
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Today brought the drama #audiowalk

BkClubCare Great pic! 2mo
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CaitlinR
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This puzzling, thought provoking and beautifully written novel explores human interactions, family ties, love, and what it means to be human. Our guide through the story is Klara, an Artificial Friend: man-created to serve as child companions in a society where work and status have made relationships transactional. Like many of Ishiguro‘s flawed, lonely characters, Klara is a true Virgil, a Dante-like guide. She‘s wondering, and wonderful.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Very slight pick. I didn‘t like this nearly as much as some of Ishiguro‘s earlier books, but there was just enough here to keep me reading. In true Ishiguro style, Klara comes across as detached, yet full of emotion, despite being an Artificial Friend. The sub plot about the Sun felt really off and bizarre, but I enjoyed the rest of the story. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I can‘t put my finger on it .. but something was missing for me ( maybe that‘s the point ). Thought provoking at times , but ultimately this one left me feeling cold. I wasn‘t able to suspend my disbelief…
Should make for an interesting Bookclub discussion on Friday though 👍🏻

BkClubCare 😊 2mo
Tamra I‘m envious of your IRL book club, even if this book was a miss. It should be interesting to find out what others think of it! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra It should be a good meeting & our first real one sinse covid. 👍🏻😁 2mo
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BkClubCare I bailed on this book - reading the end and asking a friend (who loved it) to fill me in with answers to my questions. It does have a lot that is discussable. I am just not a fan of this author- after now having read 4, I think I will finally trust my own opinion! 2mo
Cathythoughts @BkClubCare I think I would have bailed only it‘s for Bookclub.. I truly loved the movie Remains of the Day .. but this is the first book I‘ve read by this author… I really wanted to like it .. and looked for similar themes as in Remains .. and there were some, but where Remains had a huge impact on me .. this book left me unmoved 2mo
BkClubCare @Cathythoughts - I was blown away by Never Let Me Go and I have read Remains - movie IS good! But whatever the next one was; I felt that Ishiguro is the wizard behind the curtain and I can see him. LOL. Something about his style now- I can‘t do it. 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts @BkClubCare “ The wizard behind the curtain & I can see him “ … brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻 that‘s well put. That describes how I feel too 👍🏻 2mo
Lindy Maybe the missing aspect will be revealed by someone in your bookclub and then you might view this novel differently. Or maybe it‘s just not quite the book for you. 2mo
ReadingEnvy It didn't feel entirely... "new" to me, like the ideas were recycled. 2mo
squirrelbrain I too didn‘t like this as much as the reviews suggested. I think you‘re right when you say something was missing. Like @BkClubCare I loved Never Let Me Go, as well as Remains of the Day but this one… 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
eraderneely I was iffy on this too until I listened to the Book Riot podcast about it. And hearing their enjoyment of it really brought me around. 2mo
Cathythoughts @eraderneely Thanks! Must have a listen , I don‘t think I‘ll be persuaded, but I might learn something 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @ReadingEnvy It‘s my first book by this author, so I don‘t know .. but I think I‘m an emotional reader & it just didn‘t ‘ feel ‘ to me … 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Yes , something missing 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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wen4blu
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“When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half of the window.”

#firstlinefridays
#currentlyreading

@ShyBookOwl

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Cathythoughts
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Reminding me of this song .. the man in the woman & the woman in the man ..
the human in the robot .. the robot in the human
A bit of a stretch ,
Why do we choose loneliness ?
Why is our communication so odd & extremely complicated?
Why do we have to grow up ?
And the sun , loving all references & metaphors about our sun
sun moving through standing stones
in shop windows giving life to AF
Charging us up on all levels

Cathythoughts Safe to say @Lindy this is a thought provoking book & I‘m not finished yet 💫 (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella Fascinating connection! I love that song and I loved the book. I‘m going to ponder on this for a while. 🤔 2mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thanks! I‘ve always loved this song too .. just thinking about it all too .. 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m on this one for IRL Bookclub.. I‘m listening on my morning walk .. so far , very engaging, very clever & strange. Somethings missing so far for me .. looking forward to listening tomorrow early again. It‘s sad too. Not sure what to think yet …

Tamra I‘m on the fence about whether to try this one. I‘ll be curious to find out what you think. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I know , I was going to give it a miss for now .. but it‘s picked for our Bookclub.. so far I get some of the feeling that came through in Remains of the Day … but the whole atmosphere couldn‘t be more different.. ( I might be on the fence when I finish it 😁 3mo
batsy I felt that, too! The something missing bit. Look forward to your thoughts once you finish. 3mo
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Tamra I LOVE & ADORE Remains (primarily the film), but I haven‘t enjoyed any of his other works. So odd and disappointing. 3mo
Lindy This novel is one of the most understated that I‘ve read. So much of what‘s going on is only referenced obliquely. My admiration grew as I got further into it, and even after I finished the audiobook, the effect of the story continued to grow in me. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy Thats interesting … I‘m only starting really … I said it‘s sad , it is , but it‘s also unsettling & oddly frightening.. it has a power. I don‘t like it though , the whole idea of the AF … I was thinking earlier of teddy bears & transitional objects .. but this scares me … . 🤷🏼‍♀️ we‘ll see how it progresses. Great to chat about it @Tamra @batsy 3mo
Lindy The book is haunting & unsettling. When I read Klara, I had recently read Hertz‘s Lonely Century, which talked about the current use of compassionate AI in the real world. For example, as companions and health monitors for the elderly; or as a listening ear and sexual companion for single men. 3mo
Lindy Winterson‘s new essay collection sounds like it covers similar territory and I‘m really looking forward to it. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy Thanks Lindy , I‘ll have a look at those .. and covid feeds into all this distance .. strange times 3mo
EvieBee This is sitting on my book cart, out from the library. Didn‘t expect it to be sad. Looking forward to your thoughts. 3mo
Cathythoughts @EvieBee I havnt only read a couple of reviews… so I‘m not sure if many find it sad .. I do though .. it‘s a very engaging read so far 🤞🏻❤️ 3mo
JamieArc I liked this one. I liked Klara‘s observations ans her innocence, and figuring out what certain things meant, like “lifted.” It‘s a story that has stayed with me, but there is an underlying sadness throughout the book. Perhaps the sense of disconnection. 3mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc Yes I think the disconnection .. I‘m only starting , so we‘ll see how it goes 3mo
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Cathy_J
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Klara is an AF (Artificial Friend) and I really enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. I found I had to concentrate a bit to try to work out what was really going on but I was happy to find this so thought provoking. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Addison_Reads Great review. I felt the same about this one. 3mo
perfectsinner I've seen great things about this one. He's usually pretty hit or miss for me. 3mo
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Ms.Story
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really liked this one and was surprised to see it had only 3.83 stars on goodreads. If you liked this, read the short story “EDickinsonRepiLuxe”, which is in Joyce Carol Oates‘ ‘Wild Nights‘

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Kiralyn
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I‘m still not totally sure how I feel about this book. But in a good way I think? It was somehow a simple and beautiful little summer read but also a book with depth. The way the human characters interacted with Klara was v interesting. I mean it was also interesting to get the story from Klara‘s POV, it‘s hard not to love her.

tpixie I feel the same way 3mo
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emmaturi
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I enjoyed this book, it's my third Booker Prize read. I think this will get shortlisted. I liked Klara and liked seeing the world through her. Klara is a AF, artificial friend and goes to live with Josie. Josie is sick but you don't know of what. Klara really wants to help Josie and believes the sun can help her. Thought provoking book.

IuliaC Lovely review! This one's on my list too 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! Im reading it soon for Bookclub… I think we are all identifying this read with Remains of the Day 😬😬 I get a feeling it‘s a different kind of book ( maybe 🤷🏼‍♀️ maybe not 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
emmaturi I haven't read Remains of the Day. I read a few reviews for Klara, so I could really understand what the day is about and saw comparisons to one of his other books Never Let Me Go. I could see why. @Cathythoughts 3mo
emmaturi Thanks, hope you enjoy it! @IuliaC 3mo
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Tanisha_A
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Klara is an Artificial Friend (AF), with exceptional observational qualities & the ability to feel. She meets Josie (or rather gets chosen by Josie), & there begins a tale of friendship, love, humanity, sacrifice, selfishness. I think it was clever of the author to narrate the story from Klara‘s perspective, quite unique – the way she created a character out of the Sun is magnificent. I found the other characters well drawn as well.👇🏽

Tanisha_A In this world, AFs are meant to be a companion to children who are lonely; and help them out with various tasks and errands. It‘s a setting in which there is a distinction between types of children, “lifted” and “unlifted”. I‘d not like to reveal what that exactly means, because it might take the fun out of reading the book. 3mo
Tanisha_A Ishiguro has taken cues from our current world, it‘s scientific and technological advancements, and created an atmosphere which raises a few fundamental questions: What does each individual hold which makes them special? What does it mean to love? 3mo
SamAnne Definitely on my TBR! 3mo
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Cathythoughts Interesting.. I‘ll be reading soon for IRL Bookclub 3mo
Reggie Great review. Nice to see you again. How‘s the married life going? 3mo
Ruthiella I really enjoyed this one! 3mo
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emmaturi
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These two from library books and the next ones will read from the Booker Prize longlist. The library has 11 out of the 13 books. Although I don't intend to read the whole longlist, maybe the shortlist depending what books are on it.

Cathythoughts I havnt read these ones … look forward to your reviews 3mo
emmaturi I will start with Klara, next week! @Cathythoughts 3mo
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CindyE09
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I have really enjoyed everything I‘ve read by Kazuo Ishiguro and this novel was no exception. It reminds me a lot of Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day in that there is an undercurrent of unease and a hint of more than is being told. The book tells the story of an artificial intelligence and the teenager she is assigned to watch over and raises a lot of things to think about #booker2021

Ruthiella Great review! I agree there‘s an undercurrent of uneasiness in the book that jives with Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. 3mo
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StellaB
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I listened to this as an audiobook, and Sura Siu‘s reading is incredibly sensitive to Klara‘s character. Just slightly ‘robotic‘ but also warm and unwaveringly kind. I wouldn‘t normally be drawn to AI as a topic and picked it up mainly because it was Ishiguro‘s latest book. But I was really impressed by the depth of imagination, the nuance and simply the story itself.

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"They were afraid because we were new models, and they feared that before long their children would decide it was time to have them thrown away, to be replaced by AFs like us "

A slow, quiet, lovely read.

#conflictedworlds #technology @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 👍🏼📖🤗 3mo
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Rainierbooks
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Amazing first read of a Ishiguro novel. Artificial intelligence, loneliness and love are just three topics the author explores in an easy readable book that will make you think about it long after you ve finished it.

CindyE09 Definitely check out Never Let Me Go if you enjoyed this. Very similar tone of writing and also a wonderful novel. 3mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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This book makes you think! It was really good, and so interestingly explores the question of, “what makes someone human?” The story almost felt like a play. It had very distinct Act I, Act II, Act III, etc to me. That could be because there weren‘t really chapters, but there were definitely different parts of the story. Klara‘s perspective on loneliness and kindness will definitely stick with me and make me think!

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terryduncan5719
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This was a really interesting book. It is categorized as science fiction and it is futuristic, but it is really a story about caring, fear and faith. The writing is descriptive and well done. The ending was a bit unsettling but totally appropriate for this book.

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kera_11
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I think it‘s going to take me a very long time to decide how I felt about this book. Sometimes I was bored and sometimes I was so drawn into Klara‘s world. The writing is incredibly well done. I just don‘t know.

JamieArc I‘m about a quarter of the way through and I suspect this is how I will feel too. 4mo
Sydneypaige This is on my Libby holds and now I‘m a little less excited lol 4mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Ishiguro‘s book is beautiful, sad, haunting, and sometimes creepy. Overall, I just loved seeing the world through Klara‘s eyes.

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AlizaApp
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An artificial intelligence unit in the form of a young girl bonds with a teenage girl who has health issues, and tries to make a bargain that will save her new friend.

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vlwelser
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This works really well as an #audiobook. It actually aligns pretty well with the only other book I have read by the author. The narrator is an artificial friend (AF) so we have an unreliable narrator. The author also makes you think about morality issues. Can a machine replace a human? And there is the ever present save the environment message. I definitely liked it.

#BookSpinBingo square 20
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Traci1
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I did not love this as much as everyone else seems to. The writing itself was good, which is why I gave it 3 stars. But the story didn't resonate with me for some reason. I'd be willing to try another from Ishiguro, though.

Oryx Never Let Me Go is far superior to this one in my opinion - if you want to try another one 🙂 4mo
Traci1 @Oryx thanks for the recommendation. I'll try that one. 4mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2021 Book 5

This is the first Ishiguro book I have really enjoyed.

Thematically is explores similar themes to Never Let Me Go with AI instead of clones.

I loved seeing the world through Klara‘s eyes her analytical observations but also the way she believes miracles can happen and has faith.

Raises interesting moral questions about the roles AI could play in the future.

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Kazzie
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Good story, more human, but not his best. Still recommend, as interesting themes are touched on.

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Addison_Reads
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This is my first by this author and I was a huge fan of this book once I finished it.

I can understand why others found this disappointing, but for me, the subtlety and ambiguity of the writing fit the story perfectly. Although I can't say that I loved Klara as a character, I did however love the use of her to explore themes of humanity and love.

My last one for #BookSpinBingo for July. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
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Ericalambbrown
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The long list for the Booker prize is out. Here‘s the link if you‘d be interested to see what‘s on it:

https://thebookerprizes.com/fiction/2021

Happy to see the tagged book on the list!

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cariashley
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If not for #camptob, I would not have picked this one up as I‘m really not an Ishiguro fan. And now I‘m 3 for 4 on disliking his books, unfortunately (I did appreciate Never Let Me Go, but was meh on Remains and blecch on Buried Giant). The plot of this one was both baffling and frustrating, and far too allegorical for my taste. Why do all the characters take Klara‘s crazy logic seriously?? I really didn‘t get it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

BarbaraBB That‘s a good question indeed. 4mo
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MelKelsey
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I listened to Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. The story is told from the sweet, limited perspective of Klara, a childlike artificial intelligence. The basic tenants of this futuristic world are unknown to the reader, making the twists unpredictable. I liked it more than Never Let Me Go, by the same author. If this were my first book by Ishiguro, I would be eager to read more. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Katenm
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Strange, but worth it...sometimes, though, i don‘t think he always gets the teenage girl‘s voice right tho...

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BarbaraBB
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One of today‘s #CampToB hosts wonders: ‘Klara has a little Frankenstein, Pygmalion, Blade Runner, Toy Story 3, My Sister‘s Keeper, and any dog movie you‘ve ever seen all rolled up into one. But is it greater than the sum of its parts?‘

That‘s a good question. Our own reviews vary from disappointed hardcore Ishiguro lovers to those praising it as (one of) his best.

Please share your thoughts if you haven‘t already!

Chelsea.Poole I‘m still on hold for this one! Very curious about it. I‘ve never read any of his, so I would have nothing to compare it to. Also, this description makes me even more curious! 5mo
Ruthiella I don‘t think it is one of his best, but I do think it‘s very good and not a “rewrite” of Never Let Me Go. Though there might be something to this idea that the first Ishiguro is the book that will imprint upon the reader. NLMG was my first. 5mo
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AnneCecilie This book kept me at a distance the whole time. Klara‘s naïveté, for me got a little tiring in the end, especially because she‘s supposed to be good at reading people and understand situations. 5mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I don‘t think of it as a rewrite of NLMG either, maybe because it was my first Ishiguro too 😉. My favorite though is Remains of the Day. Klara didn‘t touch me in the way it could have, based on its premise. @AnneCecilie 5mo
Flaneurette So many ideas in this one to mull over, I particularly like that Ishiguro doesn‘t spell everything out and purposely creates ambiguity- like life I suppose. The main takeaway to me was that an AI specifically designed for empathy spontaneously invents God as a way to make sense of her world and what that says about humanity 5mo
vivastory @Flaneurette I have been struggling a bit with my feelings after finishing this one, alternating between feeling admittedly underwhelmed & admiring Ishiguro's subtlety. I really like your insight into the book. 5mo
vivastory After a busy day at work, a nap after work & a night out I finally have a chance to chime in, As I have previously said, Klara & the Sun was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I was a bit underwhelmed upon finishing & I realize that this is partially due to as others have noted the comparisons that have been made (unfairly IMO) to his masterpiece NLMG. I was hoping that my feelings on this book would change over the past couple (cont) 5mo
vivastory of weeks. They have not. At the end of the year I know that this will not make my best of the year list & that's a real shame. There were aspects of this that I really enjoyed. I found the ending (specifically the final 3-5 pages) chilling. And as a character, Klara was interesting to me in how she reacted to Josie & her new experiences with the world. Yet, certain other aspects simply didn't work or were forgettable. Onwards to Lahiri! 5mo
BarbaraBB @Flaneurette That is very insightful. I hadn‘t thought of that. 5mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks for chiming in. It‘s a pity this won‘t make it to your best if list. Mine neither. I have high hopes for the Lahiri too. Let‘s hope that one‘ll deliver 😃 5mo
batsy @Flaneurette That's a great point & something I've been mulling over, too. It's interesting in that sense that Klara does indeed seem the most human out of everyone because of that yearning for a divine figure. Or does Ishiguro mean something more chilling about how an AF designed by humans has this need to search for a God... This is probably the most intriguing element of the book. 5mo
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Midway thru...enjoying despite the weirdness

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 4mo
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Shakesteve
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This novel explores a theme common to Ishiguro‘s novels: What is it that makes us human? Klara is an Artificial Friend, or AF, who is purchased to be a companion to a sickly teenage girl in a future society where genetic modification to improve social status is now normal. Klara is clearly an empathetic being, but sees the world through the eyes of a robot and puzzles over certain human behaviors.

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Lesliereadsalot
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A really interesting futuristic story. I had tons of empathy for the narrator of this book, a robotic character with human feelings. I never stopped wondering what would happen to her and the ending was poignant. If you like a look at tomorrow‘s possibilities this book is for you.

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tkaz
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Give Ishiguro another Nobel Prize. This was stunning. Cannot get it out of my head. The foresight, sensitivity, compassion. Might it be YA sci fi?

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Cinfhen
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Had real potential but I found myself getting distracted in the middle with the side story of Rick and his mum Helen. Good but not great. Solid 3 stars #CampToB I was able to borrow audio from #Scribd and I really enjoyed the narration 🎧💕😁

BarbaraBB Solid 3⭐️… that‘s a bit disappointing. I thought you‘d end up liking it better. But I know what you mean, the book did little for me. @batsy described it perfectly in her review. 5mo
Eliza-beta I totally agree. The book started strong. Great premise. But did not deliver. 5mo
Cinfhen Yeah/ I had high hopes too but it just sort of fizzled @BarbaraBB @Eliza-beta 5mo
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Chavelafab
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Imaginative and interesting. Liked the setting - a dystopian future? - which retains enough mystery for me to want to read more. However there was something missing for me - is that because the story is told through Klara‘s eyes who after all is not human. I found it a bit sad.