Klara and the Sun

Hardcover, 303 pages

English language

Published Nov. 12, 2021 by Faber & Faber.

ISBN:
9780571364879

View on OpenLibrary

4 stars (27 reviews)

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, 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, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

15 editions

Pretty Nearly Perfect

5 stars

Maybe it's just because it pulls together a set of themes that happen to be dominating my mind right now, but this book feels like an absolute revelation. On one level, it's a dystopian exploration of the relationship between humanity and technology. But because the protagonist is a unique, three-dimensional character, rather than a boilerplate artificial intelligence, the novel is not a mere thought experiment in the template of "what if people had artificial friends"? It develops a deep experience at the swirling nexus of perception, belief, myth, and devotion. It seems to me that readers who found this book a little thin weren't taking seriously enough the "Sun" part of "Klara and the Sun." This isn't a book about AI. It's a book about a relationship between two entities who aren't conventionally regarded as people. Therein lies the ambition and success of Ishiguro's book.

An amazing book; can I have more stars to give it?

5 stars

This is one of those very rare books that reminds me of what books are at some level all about. That makes me want to go about and knock about two stars off of 99% of my prior book ratings, to make room to properly differentiate this one.

It's hard to say too much that's concrete, without giving it away. I was closer to tears at the end of this than I can remember with any book for a long time. Not easy maudlin tears, but deep oh-my-god tears about what a universe this is.

The people are very fully people; the viewpoint character is not a person, but ... well, that would be a spoiler also. But the viewpoint it gives her allows Ishiguro to say some amazing and touching and true and thought-provoking things without coming out and saying them (because nothing he could come out and say …

Really thought-provoking

5 stars

This is a story about and told by a human-formed "artificial friend" (AF) of a disabled teenager in a future world somewhat reminiscant of Gattaca (film). The genius is that it's told from the very limited perspective of the AF, Klara, so you only really get to understand things as she understands them.

There's a fascinating observation of humans' direction of travel being away from mystery and having a machine-like understanding of themselves, yet Klara is moving into mystery, and has some insightful perspectives.

It also nods to how artificial intellegence learns and furthers human bias (a massive and frightening contemporary issue); it seems that the main characters are white such that Klara has to note when people are "black skinned" even though it's not relevant to the story - a common white-person microaggression that perpetuates racist other-ing and normalising of whiteness.

The world described sounds terrifying (racism, class, power …

Review of 'Klara y el sol' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

El libro esta muy bien me encanto la historia el final bueno me dejo un sabor de boca un tanto curioso pero estuvo bien es una aventura en la cual vi al final que realmente las personas que te quieren son un elemento que contribuye a hacerte unico y que cosas como los AA si existieran me gustaria que pudieran integrarse mas en nuestra sociedad creo que seria un gran avance

-

3 stars

Read this mostly as a bedtime read, which it was good for - pretty easy and not too creepy (although slightly unsettling at times). It nodded to a few things that piqued my interest (AI, eco-sabotage, transhumanism?) But didn't really flesh out any of them, they were mostly just a vibe/backdrop for the story of the characters, which was fine. Ive really enjoyed some books that explore human-robot interactions - marge piercey's body of glass comes to mind - but this didn't quite do it for me in terms of making my brain stretch around those questions of how we relate to machines. Which I don't think was the point of the book, I think the point was to build the world up from the perceptions of the narrator (an android) and that part was done quite well.

Overall a totally fine read and well-written but just didn't scratch anything …

Review of 'Klara y el sol' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

¿Cómo definir Klara y el Sol?
Quizá sea una novela de anticipación.
Ishiguro ha logrado aquí, en mi humilde opinión, la perfección en la sencillez.
Narra un panorama inquietante pero lo hace bellamente, porque lo narra desde la luminosa mirada de Klara, una "niñoide" (creo que he inventado una palabra) del tamaño de un hobbit y el pelo a lo bob, dotada de una verdadera inteligencia artificial programada para ser sensible y amable compañera de juegos de una niña, una de lo que sería la "clase media" del futuro cercano.
Inocente y amable, Klara nos muestra lo que ve y a través de sus ojos conocemos su mundo, uno vivo, humano y jodidamente posible. De alguna manera, la novela consigue ser realista, quizá porque incluye también lo maravilloso.
No os esperéis aventuras ni cosas espectaculares o grandilocuentes. Es entre sus líneas donde Ishiguro nos muestra el terror. Uno verdadero, cotidiano, …

Review of 'Klara and the Sun' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

An introspective, meditative novel that sacrifices maybe a bit too much world building and exposition to provide instead reflections of reflections of the themes it actually wants to tackle when it comes to society and technology. I think I ultimately disagree with the points it's trying to make, but I can't really be sure what those points are, or if there's a degree of cowardice in never saying them out loud because they'd be revealed to be of the "old man yelling at cloud" variety. Regardless, I really enjoyed the protagonist, Klara really propels the book forward from beginning to end, and the plot has a nice cadence that kept the momentum going for me.

avatar for jhauge

rated it

4 stars
avatar for emily_rj

rated it

5 stars
avatar for smithclay

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Racketmensch

rated it

5 stars
avatar for simon

rated it

5 stars
avatar for BeachReader

rated it

3 stars
avatar for ScottSchlueter

rated it

4 stars
avatar for larcher

rated it

4 stars
avatar for judev

rated it

5 stars
avatar for annemarijn

rated it

3 stars
avatar for chadkoh

rated it

4 stars
avatar for Jaypeasea

rated it

5 stars
avatar for jelmervdl

rated it

4 stars

Subjects

  • Fiction
  • Robots
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Dystopian
  • Science Fiction
  • Chronic Illness
  • Disability

Lists