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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 that a customer wil ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Knopf
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Cindy
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was super into this book in the first half and could have easily given it 4 stars. It was charming to see the world through the eyes of an innocent and optimistic AI, and the audiobook narration added to the whimsy. I was excited to see all the potential developments unfold among the protagonist and the family she lives with. Unfortunately, the story didn’t go anywhere from there. There weren’t any groundbreaking observations of human nature, nor enough emotional stakes to make the book specia ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Do you hear the eerie sound of trumpets informs us an unpopular review is on its way! I am not sure I read the same book everybody did. All those critics have written marvelous things about this one which made truly excited to dive into! We’re talking Nobel prize winner author! This is brand new book of the author of “Remains of the day” and “ Never Let me go”! What could possibly go wrong?

But too many things absolutely went so wrong! I felt like I stuck in mud and sunk deeper at each page! Eve
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Emily May
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, modern-lit, sci-fi
I read right to the end of Klara and the Sun to be really sure there wasn't a moment, a clever twist lurking somewhere, that would make me love it. I pushed through an underwhelming narrative of recycled sci-fi themes, waiting, surely, for Nobel Prize-worthy goodness. The kind that made me fall for Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. But I couldn't find it.

So then I went to read the starred reviews from critics who raved about this book to see where I went wrong. I read the gushing Publ
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Angie Kim
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I tore through the ARC in less than 24 hours, and now I'm just sitting here with tears in my eyes, completely and utterly satisfied. I love Klara, the insightful and noble Artificial Friend, and I wish she were real so that I could hug her and tell her how much she means to me. This book is all my favorite things rolled into one--sci-fi, mythology, suspense and mystery, and coming of age (yes, of a robot). It's a beautiful and powerful exploration of important questions about humanity: what make ...more
Jack Edwards
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ishiguro has an unparalleled ability to craft dystopian societies which are simultaneously shocking and disorientating, yet oddly familiar -- they are believable because they take present values or ideas and stretch them to the extreme. He also has an unmatched ability to construct scenes in which misunderstandings cause conflict, so awkward and frustrating that the reader wishes they could intervene.

Klara and the Sun imagines what the future of artificial intelligence and genetic-engineering co
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Henk
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Human callousness and the cruelty of forgetting and changing. All captured in a near future America with some very faint glimmers of hope intertwined
“Sometimes,’ she said, ‘at special moments like that, people feel a pain alongside their happiness. I’m glad you watch everything so carefully, Klara.”

One does not read Kazuo Ishiguro his works for literary fireworks on a sentence level. This is especially true for Klara and the Sun, told from the perspective of a quickly learning AI (or AF, artific
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Nataliya
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
This book made me sad. Sad not because of the story but because I read it expecting the brilliance that the author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go can deliver in spades — and instead I got... well... this. A dull and lackluster book that slowly fizzles out under the burden of its unengaging narrative voice that neuters most of the impact from its bleak ending hiding inside the world’s saddest, most delusional servile optimism.

Because by the time I plodded to the end, exhausted fro
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Joel Rochester
There is so much nuance to this book I—
I will come back with some more thoughts later but I really enjoyed this!
Jessica Woodbury
If NEVER LET ME GO is your favorite Ishiguro, he is serving up something very similar here. Ishiguro can hop between genres, but this is surprisingly close to that familiar territory, though with enough differences to be its own unique thing.

What you may recognize: the near-future setting that is mostly similar to the present but gradually we learn of some astonishing differences; the first-person narrator that is a kind of outsider who doesn't fully understand the world they live in; themes of
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Marchpane
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klara is hyper-observant, always watching those around her closely. Noticing if, say, a flicker of sadness passes across someone’s features. Klara is also an Artificial Friend, a lifelike android destined to become a companion for a human child. Is it empathy, the way she notices, observes, adjusts her behaviour accordingly? Or something else?

Ishiguro excels at narrators who are detached, almost affectless, without being cold. Of this type, Klara is both exemplar and simulacrum. Her sensitivity
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Eric Anderson
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Klara and the Sun” is the first novel Ishiguro has published since he won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature which – of course - means that this is one of the publishing events of the year, but given this author's output producing a new novel roughly every five years means it's also coming right on time. I was entranced by his most recent novel “The Buried Giant” which reads like the most psychologically-compelling fable or fantasy tale. Yet, even though I have a high regard for his work, I was ...more
Elyse  Walters
Audiobook.... read by Sura Siu

“Klara and the Sun” is sooooo GOOD...
Absolutely MAGNIFICENT!!!

There’s already a myriad of reviews describing the plot,
and/or analyzing Kazuo Ishiguro, or comparisons to Ishiguro’s other novels,
and ‘more’ analyzing of the characters, the narrative, and book cover....
Dozens of marvelous reviews...
So....
I’m just going add that “Klara and the Sun”, is one of my 2021 favorites!!!
....loved, loved, loved every second of it!!!!

The audiobook was as wonderful as can be!

I
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Jenna
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ishiguro fans, fans of futuristic stories with a slight dystopian bent
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One day a couple years ago I was sitting at my desk at the library when a colleague came in and excitedly told me there were two men in a rowboat coming down the creek.

It's a slender and shallow creek and you wouldn't expect to see a rowboat coming down it, so I could understand her delight. She went to take some photos while I went about my work, declining to check it out myself.

That evening at home I told my partner about it, how Christy had seen two men in a rowboat in the creek behind the li
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There is something unnameable about the way Ishiguro’s books make me feel. I cannot explain it in words. They feel like a breath of fresh air on a crisp autumn day. Seeing an old friend after a long period of separation. That moment of complete silence in the early hours of the morning.

The writing was the author’s usual, simplistic style that never fails to captivate me. Full of subtle hints that leaves the reader desperate to figure out what our characters are going through. Pages rich with nua
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William2
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: uk, 21-ce, fiction
Is this a YA novel? The language is beautiful but supremely flat. It reminds me of Never Let Me Go in its dystopian setting and grueling humorlessness.

I’ve real all of Ishiguro’s novels. My favorite is The Unconsoled, among others reasons because of its wit. For example, in one scene set in a cinema Clint Eastwood stars in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

There’s nothing like that here. And I am reminded of what Martin Amis recently said about the necessity of wit (be it subtle or broad) in fiction.

The
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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing

(Throwback Review) The story of Klara, an artificial friend with extraordinary observational skills, and Josie will touch our hearts. This is a book which most of my friends and some well-known critics didn't like. But I simply loved it.

One of the controversial topics discussed just after this book was published was the writer's jinx after winning a Nobel Prize. Some were also comparing this book with the author's initial works. I can understand why some people didn't like this novel. Mayb
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Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Published today 2 March 2021 – the Nobel Laureate discussed his latest book on a Guardian Live event this evening (with an audience of 3500+) – his first event of what he calls a virtual world book tour.

Alex Clarke hosted with questions asked by pre-recorded video by Daisy Johnson, Bernardine Evaristo, David Mitchell and Emma Thompson.

Here are my notes on the evening.

The genesis of the story is a children’s story – for children of 5-6 years old that Ishiguro had developed. He has always been fa
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Tatiana
Mar 06, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2021, ppb, sci-fi, why-the-hype
My days of enjoying Ishiguro might be forever over. For a literary fiction writer to take on the subject of AI is already too heavy a lift as it's been explored so thoroughly in genre fiction and TV, and explored well. However, I thought Ishiguro would be able to add some special magic and find a new angle, like he did in Never Let Me Go. Alas, this narrative and perspective are incredibly boring and a tad twee and I am not interested whatsoever.

I feel like many aging authors, once great, like
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Jenny Lawson
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down. An examination of the beautiful and terrible human condition by way of a robot. ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun is the eighth novel by the Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, published on March 2, 2021.

Klara and the Sun, 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 that a customer will soon choose her.

The book is narrated by one such Ar
...more
Lisa
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
[4.5] Klara and the Sun is slow-paced, understated and gripping. Set in the near future, the novel is told from the perspective of a very likable AF (artificial friend), Klara. The changes in the world are ambiguous and subtle as observed through Klara's cool gaze, and this makes them even more chilling. Ultimately, this is a novel about connection and loss. Ishiguro writes with heartbreaking power. I can't get the ending out of my mind. I'm so glad I listened to the audio interpretation which i ...more
Nora Kovacs
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Meh. To be entirely fair though, when it comes to Ishiguro I am like an addict forever chasing that first high. Never Let Me Go was the first novel of his that I read and nothing measured up ever since.
On a less subjective note, this book is great. Ishiguro looks at humanity from a slightly different angle than in Never Let Me Go, but seeks the answer to the same question: What makes us human?
Are we merely sophisticated machines held together by a bundle of data or is there something inside us t
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Meike
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-read, uk
Yup, Nobel Prize winner Ishiguro gives us a novel written in the tone of a children's book, and while I'm usually a literary snob who demands at lest 1634 meta-levels to enjoy a text, I still really liked this effort. Our narrator is Klara, a robot equipped with artificial intelligence, who is bought to support Josie, a sickly, lonely teenager. Set in a future - and how near that future actually is is one of the main questions of the book - where machines are programmed to understand and replace ...more
Luce
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Klara and the Sun presents its readers with a quiet yet touching meditation on life. In a similar fashion as Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro's foray into the speculative realm is deeply grounded in the mundane. Yet, in spite of its ordinary trappings, Klara and the Sun is a work that is brimming with ambiguities. Ishiguro excels at this type of narrative, ones in which ordinary scenes and interactions are interrupted by moments of unquiet. The near future o
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Maxwell
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
[4.5 stars]

Reading this reminded me a lot of my first time reading Never Let Me Go in 2013. I inhaled that book. I was so compelled by the world Ishiguro created and how he slowly doled out information. Klara and the Sun is no exception.

This novel has a quiet, almost nostalgic atmosphere that gently guides the reader into a simulacrum of our world, but with something slightly off. That dissonance kept me turning the pages wanting to not only find out more about the characters' environment but a
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Roman Clodia
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?

I wonder if there are any Ishiguro readers out there who will answer this question in the negative? Because it seems to me that this book, like many predecessors which have played in the same territory, is asking a rhetorical question that assumes a positive answer; that we'll
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Teresa
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In many ways this is The Remains of the Day meets Never Let Me Go. With its particular limited first-person narration, I thought of the former almost immediately. The thought of the latter arose mostly from plot elements, though its narration too is similar to Klara’s. In fewer words, this is quintessential Ishiguro.

It’s hard to discuss this novel without giving away elements that are better experienced. Tension, even dread, is increased by the doling out of select details; but it’s mostly due t
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Michelle Curie
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I just finished this and I've genuinely still got a lump in my throat. This was an incredibly touching novel, thought-provoking, both harsh and warm. It's one of those that makes you appreciate life without ever having to tell you to.



Klara and the Sun is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend, who is chosen by a mother and her daughter of ill-health to join their family. Each so-called AF is different, and Klara is one with special observing qualities, which she relies upon as she learns more
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marta the book slayer
Apr 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Wearing sunglasses for this review because I am anti-sun and anti-Klara

I wish I had quotes to put at the front of this review but nothing remarkable grasped my attention long enough to want to highlight it. I have such a strong dislike of this novel, I will not be caring about spoilers in my review. Read at your own discretion

1/5

Klara and the Sun is such a fitting title for this novel. I mean it is literally about Klara and the Sun. The novel begins with Klara, an artificial friend, in a storefr
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Matt
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, favorites
This is my first time reading Kazuo Ishiguro and this novel persuaded me to add some of his previous work to my tbr list.

Pop culture is experiencing an influx of movies, books, and tv shows about artificial intelligence and robots as it is becoming increasingly clear that those things will become a part of our society. For better or worse. In my experience with the fictional works that deal with these existential themes, I feel like they tend to hit viewers and readers over the head in much too
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Sir Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ or 石黒 一雄), OBE, FRSA, FRSL is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature (2017). His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London.

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