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Klara and the Sun: Sunday Times Number One Bestseller Kindle Edition
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—Maureen Corrigan, NPR
“A delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“It aspires to enchantment, or to put it another way, reenchantment, the restoration of magic to a disenchanted world. Ishiguro drapes realism like a thin cloth over a primordial cosmos. Every so often, the cloth slips, revealing the old gods, the terrible beasts, the warring forces of light and darkness.”
—Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic
“Ishiguro’s prose is soft and quiet. It feels like the perfect book to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. He allows the story to unfold slowly and organically, revealing enough on every page to continue piquing the reader’s curiosity. The novel is an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures...a poignant meditation on love and loneliness”
— Maggie Sprayregen, The Associated Press
“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
“A prayer is a postcard asking for a favor, sent upward. Whether our postcards are read by anyone has become the searching doubt of Ishiguro’s recent novels, in which this master, so utterly unlike his peers, goes about creating his ordinary, strange, godless allegories.”
—James Wood, The New Yorker
“One of the joys of Ishiguro's novels is the way they recall and reframe each other, almost like the same stories told in different formats...Again and again, Ishiguro asks: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to have a self? And how much of that self can and should we give to others?”
“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
“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]
Praise from the UK:
“There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno’s arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love. Klara and the Sun is wise like a child who decides, just for a little while, to love their doll. “What can children know about genuine love?” Klara asks. The answer, of course, is everything.”
—Anne Enright, The Guardian
“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
“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
“It is innocence that forms Ishiguro’s major subject, explored in novels at once familiar and strange, which only gradually display their true and devastating significance.”
—Jon Day, The Financial Times
“The novel is a masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.”
—Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times
“A deft dystopian fable about the innocence of a robot that asks big questions about existence”
--The Financial Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08B8BDLW1
- Publisher : Faber & Faber (2 March 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 462 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,450 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Singh, R. on 14 March 2021
Never did robots and their mechanical and programmed activities sound so poetic and emotionally destructive. Read this book to know why Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the greatest living writers and a well-deserved Nobel laureate.
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This book is split into 6 parts and the whole book is narrated from Klara’s point of view.
First part introduces Klara. She is an AF(Artificial Friend) who is unique because of her exceptional observation skills. We get a peek into Klara’s world - her thoughts and feelings and how she interprets all that she observes.Klara depends on the Sun for her daily nourishment and believes in its extraordinary powers!
In the subsequent parts we are introduced into Klara’s world with her human friend. The bond that she forms with her human friend, Klara’s struggle to understand the human nature and trying her best(and to what extent) to fulfil her duties towards her friend.
The whole novel explores - what constitutes a human,the varied aspects of human nature, the loneliness that we feel and to what extent one can go to overcome this! What does it mean to love someone and to lose that person! Can AF’s replace a human being? What makes a human so unique?
The novel as such is very slow to begin with but picks up once you reach part 3-4. I really liked everything about Klara. The narrative from Klara’s point of view is very well written. But I did not like the conversations between the other characters of the book. I felt it was quite plain! Plot wise there is nothing much. The book mostly focuses on the thoughts/feelings of the characters involved.I expected much more from this book(Ishiguro!!) and the ending could have been better(but after all it is the flawed human nature).Overall I would give 3.5/5.
Top reviews from other countries
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.