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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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JillR
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I enjoyed the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend, as she finds a home with Josie and helps her navigate illness and growing up. We hear only Klara‘s perspective and she‘s the perfect unreliable narrator. I liked that we don‘t really know the full story of what is going on in the world - whether this is an alternate reality or a more dystopian future - but just see snippets as Klara sees things.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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My #Goodreads #Giveaway book has arrived!

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Magslhalliday
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Pickpick

I‘ve been a fan for over a decade and this new one had me crying by the end.

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SaraHasClass
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Panpan

This book was such a struggle for me to read. I'm not sure if it was the cadence, unusual language (oblong) or the very sad nature of it, but I didn't like it. Too much was undone, unexplained & uninspired. It's lacked connection (no world building) & despite being about love was very unloving. Sadly, it is the artificial friend (robot) who loves deepest. Its a treatise on selfishness of the human race.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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#Goodreads winner!!!!
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Twainy I‘ve entered hundreds of GR giveaways and have won zero 😆 congratulations 🎉 3w
MaleficentBookDragon @Twainy thanks. I sign up for any that come up that are on my TBR. This is the second one I‘ve won. The other was six years ago. 3w
Twainy Since they add the book to your TBR I only enter books I‘d actually read 😁 6 years? I may need to wait a bit 😢 (edited) 3w
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TheKidUpstairs Congrats! I loved this one! 3w
BookwormAHN Congratulations 🎉 3w
Ruthiella Congrats! 👏👏👏 3w
marleed Congrats. Someday I‘m convinced I‘ll be a winner of a Goodreads print book, too! 3w
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CocoReads
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Mehso-so

This may very well be the only book I finish for #20in4readathin I had to switch to audio to get through it and I‘m overall not an audio fan but in this case it worked well for me. I like a hefty dose of movement in my reading and the beginning of this started really slow. Hen it got better but overall it didn‘t do much for me. Interesting ideas and well written but not my jam.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3w
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Bummler
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In my opinion, this is Ishiguro‘s best book. I love it so much, and I wish more authors focused on a sort of abstract change in a futuristic, almost dystopian setting like this. What this book does, is shows us a very large issue through an equally small window. The answers come slowly, but in turn we are getting a lot more depth. This book isn‘t about the world building, nor the new societal changes, but about a very small part of all of it.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Mehso-so

I see this book touted as amazing by many of my friends, but I guess I read it wrong. I thought it was okay, but rather bland. It‘s a sweet story about loyalty, love, and I guess is a positive perspective on AI. I‘m sure a lot of benefits could result from AI, but whatever they are would be lost when the terminators show up and kill everyone anyway, so is it really worth it? I mean, Klara‘s existence will not negate Skynet, so . . . 🤷‍♀️

Vansa This book was horrible.I found Klara's narrative voice extremely irritating.I thought the conceit was fascinating-is there something that makes us unique or can we be replicated?And parents using gene editing to increase children's intelligence in exams-totally believable.The execution was so badly done,and the bizarre sun cute bit annoyed me no end. 4w
CindyMyLifeIsLit @vansa I agree. And since she was programmed with so much knowledge, how did they leave out the sun? 🤷‍♀️ 4w
Vansa @CindyMyLifeIsLit exactly!! It baffled me how this book got such rave reviews. 4w
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EatSleepRead
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Bailedbailed

Audiobook pick:
This started out promising but after several hours of listening I am just bored.

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Pinta
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Mehso-so

Wanted so much to like this, but so klunky. Plot feels overconstructed, and if you‘re writing that much dialogue, why not make it a screenplay from the start? The distance from emotion and the superficiality that make Remains of the Day so crystalline and memorable don‘t serve a novel about bodies and illness and youth. 2021

Victoriahoperose Agree so much with this review! Was so bummed because I heard such good things but ultimately, it fell flat for me. 1mo
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CocoReads
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I may have made a mistake—I stopped at the library to pick up my hold (the tagged book) for next book group. But I rarely get time to go when they”re open so I may have gone a little overboard. Especially since I bought a bunch at the bookstore last week….#noshelfcontrol

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VRM1975
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honeydew_reader
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I hover between finding Ishiguro's lack of world building more or less engaging but I love the simplicity and empathy of his science fiction. It's something that sci-fi especially that which addresses topics like he does often lacks in favor of doom and gloom.

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canbku
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Loved it. Will think about it for a long time. I love an atmospheric read with an unreliable narrator who doesn't quite understand their world.

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BarbaraBB
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The #ToB22 has the same winner as in Summer. I am a bit disappointed but the judges were very convinced of Klara 🤷🏻‍♀️
I am happy that in our ToB we chose The Trees as our well deserved winner 🐔

I want to thank you all for participating, it has been so fun to see how we Littens do think about the shortlisted books and how respectful we could completely disagree about books, only to agree in the end! I hope we‘ll play again next year 😘❤️

merelybookish Wow! I don't remember the last time I was THAT disappointed in the final. 😞 I didn't read Klara but there were so many other good books that seem more deserving. Thank goodness Littens know what's up!! Thanks again Barbara!! 2mo
sarahbarnes I agree @merelybookish 😒. I did read Klara and it was good, but I think the Lockwood and The Trees were better. I love the outcome of our tournament! Thanks Barbara for hosting! 2mo
Cinfhen Nooooooo!! I haven‘t read the decision yet but Klara was SUCH a disappointment!!! Boo 😒 Glad to see Trees won here. Great job, Barbara ♥️🙌🏻 2mo
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Suet624 Bah humbug. That‘s just wrong. 2mo
Ruthiella Thanks so much for taking the time to run the Litsy parallel TOB! You are a star! 🤩 I am an Ishiguro fan and not unhappy with the outcome. The TOB was founded on the premise that book prizes are fickle things and cannot be objective. The fact that The Trees didn‘t win the real TOB really illustrates this! 😆 2mo
thebluestocking Sigh. I‘m very bummed with the real winner. Klara was middling for me, and I loved the Trees and No One. But as @Ruthiella said, this is the point of the tournament - the fickleness. I‘m very pleased that The Trees won here! Thank you so much for putting this together @BarbaraBB. It has been an absolute delight. 💙💙 (edited) 2mo
Readerann I don‘t get bothered much by the ‘real‘ tournament judgments since, with the exception of the final round, it‘s just one person‘s opinion. The fun thing about our version is that we all get to weigh in on every round! I love the ToB mainly for helping me decide which new fiction I want to read (I read a lot of older stuff). Thanks to @BarbaraBB and all participants. I can‘t wait to do this again! ❤️ 2mo
Readerann All the praise for Klara has made me think I was a little too hard on it. I just expect so much from Ishiguro. I‘m perfectly content with The Trees winning here. Does someone want to write a fan letter to Everett and let him know?! 🤣 2mo
Mindyrecycles Thank you, thank you, Barbara! So much fun for us as the result of so much work by you. I LOVE that The Trees won here. I'm also happy about Klara winning the “real“ deal since I liked it and didn't like No One...I just wish The Trees and Subdivision had gone further like they did here on Litsy. The main thing is, I had the joy of reading them both and I wouldn't likely have read either without the tournament.
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Megabooks I‘d be up for a fan letter @Readerann 😂👍🏻 excited to read more by him!! Love our outcome, kinda down about the real outcome. I wasn‘t impressed by Klara, but I know a lot of people love it. Thank you a million times Barbara! 💜 It is so special how we all weigh in equally, which is so different than the actual tournament. It‘s like we‘ve made our own thing, which is even cooler. 😎 2mo
squirrelbrain Boo hiss! Klara is the wrong decision IMO. Never mind, at least we all made the ‘right‘ decision! And we had such fun doing it - thanks Barbara! 2mo
Hooked_on_books We really got it right! The Trees was my favorite of all these books and I‘m delighted that we picked it. While I‘m happy to see Klara win the official tournament, since I disliked the Lockwood and liked Klara, it is a disappointment for the same book to win now and in the summer (though I didn‘t follow it then). What‘s the point of 2 tournaments if you‘re just going to pick the same book?! 2mo
Hooked_on_books And thanks for hosting, Barbara! Amazing stuff! 2mo
BkClubCare Thank you! 2mo
kwmg40 I'm happy with the results, as two of my favourites won both the real tournament and our parallel one. However, the real win is that I discovered books that I'd not have read otherwise, such as Subdivision and Several People Are Typng. Thank you so much, Barbara, for all your work! 2mo
vivastory @merelybookish I had a really busy day at work & am now just seeing the decision. Geez! So, needless to say I just ranted to my brother about this for a few minutes. Not happy about their decision. 2mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes Out of the 6 that I read Klara was literally my least fave 😭 😭 2mo
vivastory Thanks so much for hosting this Barbara! Although my participation was limited this time around I have enjoyed seeing everyone's posts. Looking forward to the summer TOB that will be Klara free! 2mo
BkClubCare @vivastory - 😂 Out of the 18 I read, Klara was least of my favorites. (edited) 2mo
vivastory @BkClubCare Really? It's such an uninspired choice for the prize. There were so many wonderful books & one that was so forgettable is the winner?! I think that what irks me the most is that it won the summer TOB too. I think they need to change the rules so the winner of the summer are automatically disqualified for entry in the main TOB. It just doesn't seem fair. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Agree. Plus it came back as a zombie. The zombie round is a bit unfair too because we need to vote for them months before the tournament when we haven‘t read the more obscure ones yet. 2mo
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 That is so true! Most of the times the winner is not my favorite but I have discovered some new favorites! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I think @vivastory has a point about disqualifying the winner of the Summer ToB. Or, at least, it should not be possible to zombie it. It was probable the only book everyone had read at the moment the zombie votes were given. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Readerann I would be nice to let him know somehow that The Trees won our tournament! And you‘re right Ann, about Ishiguro. I am a fan too and feel like I shouldn‘t judge too hard on Klara. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @thebluestocking That‘s right about the fickleness. It‘s one of the things why we love the ToB I think, and I‘ve discovered some real gems! 2mo
merelybookish @vivastory It seems a shame both books in the summer were repeated in the final. The commentators' observations about how, when reading these 2 novels together, Klara would be the more comfortable read felt accurate. But for a competition that has crowned Fever Dream and My Sister, The Serial Killer, this seems a pretty dull pick. But also always fun and does point out yh absurdity of literary prizes. 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB @vivastory I have mixed feelings about the Zombie since a few of my faves have come back to win it all, just like Klara. I was thrilled when A Visit from the Good Squad came back to beat Freedom. 😅 2mo
BkClubCare @vivastory - aw, but this *is* the point! That book awards are absurd. I am a sustaining member of the TOB and this consumes at least a third of every year. I love it so and learn from all of you how to think critically and appreciatively of whatever “literature” is. I am not good at figuring out NOR explaining what I don‘t like about my reading experiences so bouncing my thoughts and feelings off others opinions thrills me. Thank you all! 2mo
BkClubCare @vivastory - I have somehow created in myself an allergy, an anti-Ishiguro-style bias — his stories drive me batty. I cannot do the naive yet enlightened told with creepiness and all unexplained. Others seem to find it poignant and I only get frustrated. So if my TOB peers find Klara to be inspired, I will have to go along. 😏 it‘s just a me problem. 2mo
BkClubCare @merelybookish - Yes! It is fun and it is absurd and I love all of it. For all my ranting, it is my fun. 2mo
cariashley Ugh, so disappointed with the main TOB! Klara made me want to throw my phone against the wall when I was reading it. I hate feeling like I‘m missing something when I see all the love for it but so goes the subjective-ness of the reader experience. Our TOB outcome is so much more satisfying, yay for The Trees! And thanks SO MUCH Barbara for organizing, this has been fantastic! 2mo
merelybookish @BkClubCare I'm a supporting member as well. I wondered if anyone else was too. 🙂 2mo
merelybookish @BkClubCare And well said on all the reasons why it's so enjoyable and special! 2mo
vivastory @merelybookish @BkClubCare I'm also a supporting member, but after this decision that's going to change immediately! Just kidding 🙃 2mo
vivastory @BkClubCare I see what you mean about it being about the absurdity of book awards but looking back at past years & the winners it does feel like they actually got it right more often than not: Cloud Atlas, The Road, Good Lord Bird, Wolf Hall, Orphan Master's Son etc. 2mo
BkClubCare @vivastory @merelybookish - worth every penny for entertainment and education💰✔️ 2mo
BkClubCare @vivastory - looking for reviews of The Orphan Master‘s Son is how I found the TOB! 2mo
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Sophronisba
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It's the finals of the Morning News Tournament of Books! Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun meets Patricia Lockwood's No One Is Talking About This. I loved Klara and the Sun and disliked No One Is Talking About This -- but alas, I don't get to pick the winner.

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Victoriahoperose
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When I started this book, I was really interested and thought it was such an interesting concept, but the further I got into it, I started to lose interest. I feel like the author just didn‘t explain enough in this book and it left me a bit confused and underwhelmed. It was a cool concept, but I just didn‘t care for the way it ended and how open everything was left.

Caitlin89 I felt similarly. I'm a big fan of Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go is astounding - but this felt a little messy compared to his usual, and like it would have been better suited as a short story as opposed to a novel. 2mo
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canbku
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Been in my TBR and I've checked it out from the library so many times!!! Finally getting to it!

Bookishgal71 Let me know what you think! It‘s on my TBR, too. 2mo
tpixie I love Clara!! 2mo
canbku @Bookishgal71 way more engaging from the start than I expected. Im not in to tech or AI, so I wasnt sure. Great so far! 2mo
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Booklover2
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🌟🌟So i gave this 2 stars for the lovely writing, however this book wasn‘t for me. I loved Never Let Me Go and speculative fiction in general, but this was just a slog. I‘m afraid I missed the point of it entirely.

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BeckyRoy
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My last day of work for over a week. Taking a few minutes to gear up for a crazy last day. This will be a great “first” book to finish on vacation 🌴🏝🍹🐊

Amiable Enjoy your time off! :) 2mo
BeckyRoy @Amiable thank you! So far it‘s been amazing 🤩 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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The drama! I love it. Nervous System is today‘s winner in the real #ToB22. In our tournament only three people voted for it (Meg, Cari and Care) so our obvious winner is Klara and the Sun (this year's favorite of Paulina). Nervous System won‘t return in our tournament, since it received no zombie votes. So we‘re going our own way again!

Megabooks You‘re right I didn‘t care for Klara, but I‘m excited about 😀😀 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I hope you‘ll like it. I loved that one - and I didn‘t love Klara either. 2mo
Addison_Reads I enjoyed Klara, but it didn't feel like a real contender. I haven't read Nervous System yet though, but now I want to after reading comments. 😁 2mo
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squirrelbrain Loved The Remains of the Day @Megabooks - I thought Klara was ‘OK‘ but that was all. (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen I voted for Klara by default but it‘s not a favorite by any means. So cool how our tournament is so different than the official bracket 💜 2mo
thebluestocking I felt very “meh” about both of these books. I‘m really enjoying seeing the results here and in the official tournament! 💙 2mo
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads @Squirrel @Cinfhen @thebluestocking I think we all agree this was not the most exciting bracket. The best of it is that we differ from the official outcome 🙃😉 2mo
Readerann I‘m a huge Ishiguro fan, but Klara was a ‘like‘ not ‘love‘. Having not read Nervous System (surprise, surprise), I‘m happy about our group vote! 2mo
Mindyrecycles I liked Nervous System but preferred Klara. So I have nothing to complain about today since they each got a win! As for Remains of the Day -- 😍 😍 😍!!! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I really connected with Klara, so it got my vote. But I also found Nervous System intriguing, so interesting to see it win the TOB today. I‘ve noticed on their write ups (so far) that whichever book they discuss second is the one they pick to win, so when it started by discussing Klara, I assumed the correct outcome. I wonder why they all do that? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Readerann I am an Ishiguro fan too. I may read Klara again one day. I keep thinking I missed something. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I noticed that too!! 2mo
cariashley I think I changed mine to Klara when I couldn‘t even finish Nervous System! But I didn‘t love Klara at all so 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
ImperfectCJ Like others, Klara wasn't my favorite Ishiguro, but while I didn't dislike Nervous System, I'm not sure I saw in it the same things the judge liked, although I did see (and like) the MC's preference for problems without solutions rather than actual discovery, and I really like the way she views location and time together. Today's official selection seems to support the idea that the vote will go for the novel that plays with the form more. 2mo
BarbaraBB @ImperfectCJ Isn‘t that so each year in the first round? I‘m not surprised but I often like what the judges pick up from those books that I didn‘t. Even more frustrating that Subdivision didn‘t win! 2mo
sarahbarnes I voted for Klara here, but I did like Nervous System so I‘m good with both outcomes on this one! 2mo
kwmg40 I'm sad Klara lost in the ToB but happy it is continuing on in our parallel ToB. I tried to read Nervous System but I just didn't have the motivation to continue at the time so I abandoned it. I may try again. 2mo
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Sophronisba
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Today's Tournament of Books matchup is Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun vs. Lina Meruane's Nervous System.

I liked both of these books quite a bit, actually, and both are a little bit elliptical; you have to dig into them to understand their themes. For me, although Meruane's novel has some really strong moments, some of its chapters really sagged and some of the connections she tried to draw between humanity and the cosmos felt strained.

Sophronisba On the other hand, Ishiguro is returning to his pet subject -- what does it mean to be human? -- but he comes at it from a different angle than in, say, Never Let Me Go, and I thought his book had more fresh insights and was ultimately more thought-provoking.

So my choice would be Klara and the Sun, although I'm glad I read both of these books and would recommend both of them.
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Addison_Reads I haven't had the chance to read Nervous System yet, but I did really enjoy Klara. I'm hoping it's picked today. 2mo
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reema
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I‘ve become a big fan of Ishiguro‘s books. They‘re quiet, observant, and have a lot of heart, rather like Klara. The book did not go in the direction I expected at all but I was still left with a wistful longing and sadness at the end.

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britt_brooke
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Recently, a friend and I started a #bookclub for moms in our Nashville ‘burb. We posted it to various local fb groups with a decent response. Today, we had our first meeting and it was such a FUN time! Ten of us showed up and it was just the best! I knew half of the ladies going in, but the rest are new friends. I love when books bring people together. 💚 I wore this tee from my local indie.

Megabooks Awesome! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s so great! 3mo
LibrarianRyan I NEED that SHIRT! 3mo
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britt_brooke @LibrarianRyan I wish I had a link for you, but it was a limited order. 😩 3mo
LibrarianRyan @britt_brooke Yeah, I already checked out there shop. 😥 3mo
britt_brooke @LibrarianRyan If she ever does a reorder, I‘ll let you know! 3mo
Zoes_Human LOVE that shirt! 3mo
BennettBookworm That sounds so fun!! 3mo
britt_brooke @BennettBookworm It was wonderful! 💚 3mo
LeahBergen That‘s wonderful! 3mo
DivineDiana Cheers to you and your friend for spreading the love of books! 👏🏻📚❤️ 2mo
britt_brooke @DivineDiana Thank you! 🥰 2mo
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Mdion1993
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Told from the perspective of an AI robot purchased by a “lifted” child as a companion, Klara and the Sun is a story about what it means to be human even as we desire to evolve. Klara uses her gift of observation to offer thoughtful and innocent commentary on her human, family, and friends, only to wonder if there‘s something innate within them that she‘ll never understand.

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Sharv_Sona
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Pickpick

Kazuo Ishiguro has once again played his wonders! I personally thought that this was one of the most believable dystopias I‘ve ever read. This book brought awareness to problems such as pollution and bullying. It really made quite an impact on me. I really liked this book, and I would totally recommend this to anyone and everyone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Sharv_Sona

“Who says I‘m lonely? I‘m not lonely.”
“Perhaps all humans are lonely. At least potentially.”

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Sharv_Sona

“Hope,” he said. “Damn thing never leaves you alone.” He shook his head almost resentfully, but there was now a new strength about him.

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Sharv_Sona

“If you don't mind, Josie. In my experience, if the subject sees a portrait too early, things get messy. I need you to remain totally unselfconscious.“

(was that a reference to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'?)

OutAndAbout Interesting thought. It would make sense considering it‘s all about keeping Josie young and healthy. 3mo
tenar You‘re sharp! I didn‘t make that connection. 3mo
Sharv_Sona @tenar Why thank you! 3mo
Reyzl Bravo Sharvri!! 3mo
Sharv_Sona @Reyzl Thank you! 3mo
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OutAndAbout
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Pickpick

Excellent! I liked hearing from the artificial friends perspective. Interesting to see life from an outside perspective. So many interesting themes too. What is love, what is life, how does faith begin, do souls exist. While the story is relatively light, the themes are definitely not simple questions. Ishiguro isn‘t everyone‘s cup of tea. The book does unfold slowly. But I‘ve enjoyed his writing style & how he develops such interesting questions!

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Sharv_Sona

Maybe you're right to be hopeful.

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Sharv_Sona

“It must be nice to sometimes have no feelings. I envy you.“

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Frankies.space
Panpan

AF Robot Klara and her person Josie. Started off so well but was slow moving. Couldn‘t stay interested.

Lisa_lost Hahaha, if you thought this was slow don‘t read anything else by the author 😂 (edited) 2mo
Frankies.space @Lisa_lost good to know 😂 1mo
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OutAndAbout
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…the extent to which humans, in their wish to escape loneliness, made maneuvers that were very complex and hard to fathom…

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she_she
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The_Book_Ninja I see a heart theme here❤️♥️ 3mo
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jspoelker
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This fictional story portrays a futuristic AI (artificial intelligence) who observes and learns from human interactions, decisions, and physical reactions. Klara‘s journey from a store to home brings her deep insights to the human race which transfer time & cultural boundaries. Her abilities like showing affection and disappointment, being supportive, and compassionate are at the heart of Klara‘s learned skills and are extraordinarily relatable.

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Reyzl
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Pickpick

I truly enjoyed the first part of this book. I fell in love with the sweetness and goodness of Klara and I felt very curious about this futuristic society where children are ‘lifted‘. I must say that the story lost power for me and only regained it towards the end. Perhaps, this is exactly how Ishiguro wanted us to feel. @Sharv_Sona the book is yours when you are ready. Image: Scribble Whatever

Sharv_Sona I‘m not currently reading anything (I know it‘s hard to believe) so it would be lovely if I could borrow it on Monday! If - of course - it‘s alright with you. :) 3mo
Reyzl @Sharv_Sona it‘s perfect! I will put it in my school bag right away! I have one more book to read on Soviet architecture, and “Gomorrah”. The thing is that I have read the synopsis of another book and I can‘t wait to read it, but I am trying to be patient and wait until I finish “Gomorrah”. Let‘s see if I succeed😁 (edited) 3mo
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Anya09
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This was such an interesting book. Having the POV of the AF gave it a fresh and unique perspective. I really enjoyed Klara as a character. She was very caring to the humans that she lived with and her friendship with Josie helped her learn many things. I also liked that you were able to see the family dynamics through an outsider looking in perspective.

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Reyzl
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Food for the soul at the end of the day.

Once again, Ishiguro has captured all my senses in this beautifully written story. @Sharv_Sona I‘m lending you this one as soon as I finish it.

Sharv_Sona Yay! Also, your cat is so cute! ❤️ 3mo
Reyzl @Sharv_Sona thank you ☺️ he is always with me when I‘m reading😀 3mo
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Reyzl

“Do you believe in the human heart? I don‘t mean simply the organ, obviously. I‘m speaking in the poetic sense. The human heart. Do you think there is such a thing? Something that makes each of us special and individual?”

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Reyzl

“Until recently, I didn‘t think that humans could choose
loneliness. That there were sometimes forces more powerful than the wish to avoid loneliness.”

Sharv_Sona What an interesting thought... 3mo
Reyzl Yes! 3mo
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Anya09
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🍒

WJCintron 😻 😻 😻 3mo
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Anya09
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Happy Friday ☺️

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Chelsea.Poole
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Wow, can‘t believe how much I enjoyed this novel. Klara won my heart! I avoided reading this since it came out and even thought I would skip it for #ToB22 but my IRLreader bff read and enjoyed so I gave in. Short on plot, but big on characters, a near-future society welcomes AI personalities into their lives. We get a look at this world, and a specific family from Klara‘s point of view. Melancholic but also hopeful. A total pick and I‘m shocked!

Christine Hmm…I‘ve not wanted to read this either. But now I have to stack! 😁 4mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked this. I think it would be a great book club choice—there‘s so much to discuss! 4mo
BarbaraBB That is always such a great experience, to unexpectedly love a book! 4mo
jlhammar The Trees is my favorite from the #tob shortlist books I've read, but this is my second favorite. I love Ishiguro. Glad you enjoyed it! 3mo
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ErraticElle
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Beautiful writing. Literary style sci-fi character study with little plot, but incredibly heartwarming & gutting. The world is viewed through Klara's eyes in a slow, removed, limited view narrative. A lot remains vague, unknown, or unexplained, but the impact to Klara is clear. That hit me right in the feels. I felt I was given a fantastically complete picture of Klara. My heart was a bit scarred by the journey, but I still very much enjoyed it.

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puzzledbooks

Kids can be hurtful sometimes. They believe if you happen to be an adult, nothing can possibly hurt you.

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Martta
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In essence this is a book about empathy. Every character stuggles to understand the others. If you are looking for a plot driven book this isn't it. Ishiguro doesn't explain anything. The reader needs to figure out the world from tips given between the lines. It is interesting to follow the logic of an artificial intelligence. There is something similar here as in the Clan of the cave bear series where the reader follows neanderthals.

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ImperfectCJ
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This novel has the pacing and gradually unfolding storytelling that I savor in Ishiguro novels and it explores some interesting ideas about what it means to be human, but something about it leaves me wanting. There are hints about elements of the novel's world that I would have liked to have explored more, and although it was likely the right narrative choice to leave it vague, I feel somewhat dissatisfied. #ToB2022

BarbaraBB I know what you mean 4mo
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