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Klara and the Sun de Ishiguro Kazuo
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Klara and the Sun (edició 2021)

de Ishiguro Kazuo (Autor)

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Títol:Klara and the Sun
Autors:Ishiguro Kazuo (Autor)
Informació:FABER ET FABER (2021)
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Klara and the Sun de Kazuo Ishiguro

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    Never Let Me Go de Kazuo Ishiguro (JGoto)
    JGoto: Style and themes are similar in both of these novels by Ishigura.
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    Flowers for Algernon de Daniel Keyes (Othemts)
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I found much food for thought in this dystopian tale of a sensing, feeling, thinking "artificial friend" who lives only to serve, obey, and yes "love" the child who adopts her. The author skillfully hints at the darkness of this futuristic twilight zone world where robotics, genetic engineering, automation, elitism and climate collapse are seriously out of control. Easily the best recently-published novel I've read this year. ( )
  Octavia78 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Klara is an AF (artificial friend), designed to be a companion for a teenage child. She's not the newest model, but she has unusual powers of observation and a keen desire to learn. She is chosen by Josie, a kind, but frail girl, and after some unusual questions from the Mother, is purchased and sent to their home. There she settles into her role as Josie's friend, and all seems quietly domestic, despite Josie's illness, until halfway through the book when Klara learns why she was really chosen.

[Klara and the Sun] reminds me of another Ishiguro novel, [Never Let Me Go]. In both, the author explores the definition of what it means to be human. In an age of artificial emotional intelligence, the line becomes less clear. What does it look like when the AI character is more loyal, forgiving, and understanding than the human one? Is one of the defining characteristics of being human the ability and desire to represent oneself differently to different people at different times? What would faith mean to an AI? If it is a soul which makes humans unique, can we say that an AI with a distinct personality has one?

I like the kinds of questions that Ishiguro poses, and in Klara we are presented with the most current societal dilemmas: genetic manipulation, success-oriented parenting, climate change, and even the social isolation of teens learning from home rather than school. Seeing these issues through the eyes of an AI removes the veneer of politics and presents them more as existential problems for the human race, not personal ones.

My favorite parts of the book were in the beginning when Klara is still in the store waiting to be bought. Her observations of the world through the display window were well-written. Things slowed a bit for me when she first arrives at Josie's home, but then at the halfway point, things picked up, and I read the second half in a single sitting. Ishiguro does a wonderful job creating a voice for Klara that is intelligent and innocent, yet inciteful in ways that I could imagine an AI being. If you liked [Never Let Me Go], I highly recommend this one as well. ( )
  labfs39 | Nov 25, 2021 |
  ClareDudman | Nov 23, 2021 |
Questa è stata la mia prima esperienza con un libro di un autore giapponese.
Non mi ero mai approcciata alla letteratura nipponica, non mi ha mai attirata in modo particolare, probabilmente perché ho sempre guardato - ingenuamente, me ne rendo conto, forse condizionata da stereotipi e pregiudizi - al Giappone, alla Cina, all’oriente in generale, come a un luogo freddo, razionale, poco umano. Tutto cervello e niente cuore, insomma. Ma mi sbagliavo.
Il romanzo non rientra nei miei gusti, è un libro che non avrei mai letto di mia iniziativa, ma è stata una piacevole sorpresa. Lento, molto spesso, a tratti l’ho trovato pesante e lievemente noioso, tanto che leggerlo mi annoiava e stancava, ma una buona parte del libro è stata anzi scorrevole e interessante, con un misto di suspense e mistero che mi hanno invogliata a proseguire nonostante tutto. Credo che la parola migliore per descrivere questo romanzo sia “delicato”. L’ho pensato da subito, dalle prime pagine. È un libro delicato, ecco come lo descriverei in una parola. Delicato e sensibile, ingenuamente sensibile, ma di una sensibilità, dolcezza e delicatezza che fanno sorridere il cuore.
Una storia semplice, ma per nulla banale. Una carezza ai sentimenti e agli affetti. Un calore raro, trasmesso dalla costante presenza del Sole, protagonista del libro.
Tutto sommato mi è piaciuto, e credo che fondamentalmente lo riesca a salvare per la sua dolcezza e delicatezza.
Una piacevole lettura, un po’ lenta, ma piacevole. ( )
  wotchergiorgia | Nov 21, 2021 |
52. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
reader: Sura Siu
published: 2021
format: 10:16 audible audiobook (303 pages in hardcover)
acquired: October 16
listened: Oct 16-26
rating: 4
locations: maybe somewhere in the US?
about the author: Japanese-British author who was born in Nagasaki in 1954, then moved to Surrey in 1960 and grew up there.

My fourth from the Booker list is a story that reads easy and nicely, but is thinking about a lot.

Klara, our narrator, is not human, but an AF. As she talks to us, we spend a lot of time being detective and trying to pick up clues to how this world works. What exactly is Klara? What is her purpose and what do adolescent children do with an AF? Do they want one? Why does Klara have such elaborate and independent intelligence? Does she have feelings? What are her cognitive or other limits? How worried should we be about what she can or will do? What's with that sun? And what about these humans. What's with Josie? What's a "lifted" kid? Why is a British author highlighting a character as being distinct in having a British accent? And so on.

We slowly pick up on Josie's story, her sickness, her family dynamics and history, and also that of her closest friend, a boy mysteriously looked down upon, sympathetically. But with Klara, it doesn't all come together. We see some surprisingly beautiful aspects about her, but she remains something strange and worrisome, dangerous, and an enigma. But trying to figure her out is maybe the point. It leads us readers into looking at artificial intelligence from a some different angles, and exploring some human psychology while doing so.

When I finished this book I kept trying to understand what Ishiguro was saying, and whether he was making a commentary on religion and faith, and whether is was a critical or embracing message. As far as I can tell, he keeps whatever intention ambiguous and free to reader interpretation, and certainly interesting. For what it's worth, it left me a little concerned.

Hopefully it's obvious I liked this. There's a lot here, and yet it's a really fun reading or listening experience, one that I missed when I finished. So, recommended to anyone thinking about it.

2021: ( )
  dchaikin | Nov 10, 2021 |
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In de licht dystopische roman voert Ishiguro een balanseer act uit op de rand van kitch. Hij slaagt er echter op een uitzonderlijke wijze in om in evenwicht te blijven. Klara en de zon is een zeer geslaagde, enigszins verontrustende en gelaagde nieuwe roman van de meesterverteller en Nobelprijswinnaar…lees verder>
Most of Ishiguro’s novels are slender books that are more complicated than they at first seem; Klara and the Sun is by contrast more simple than it seems, less novel than parable. Though much is familiar here—the restrained language, the under-stated first-person narration—the new book is much more overt than its predecessors about its concerns.... Ishiguro is unsentimental—indeed, one of the prevailing criticisms of him is that he’s too cold, his novels overly designed, his language detached. (Some of the worst writing on Ishiguro ascribes this to his being Japanese, overlooking that he’s lived in England since he was a small child.) In most hands, this business of the mother-figure who sacrifices all for a child would be mawkish. Here it barely seems like metaphor. Every parent has at times felt like an automaton. Every parent has pleaded with some deity for the safety of their child. Every parent is aware of their own, inevitable obsolescence. And no child can offer more than Josie’s glib goodbye, though perhaps Ishiguro wants to; the book is dedicated to his mother.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaThe New Republic, Rumaan Alam (Apr 11, 2021)
It explores many of the subjects that fill our news feeds, from artificial intelligence to meritocracy. Yet its real political power lies not in these topical references but in its quietly eviscerating treatment of love. Through Klara, Josie, and Chrissie, Ishiguro shows how care is often intertwined with exploitation, how love is often grounded in selfishness ... this book focuses on those we exploit primarily for emotional labor and care work—a timely commentary during a pandemic in which the essential workers who care for us are too often treated as disposable ... If Never Let Me Go demonstrates how easily we can exploit those we never have to see, Klara and the Sun shows how easily we can exploit even those we claim to love ... a story as much about our own world as about any imagined future, and it reminds us that violence and dehumanization can also come wrapped in the guise of love.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaThe Nation, Katie Fitzpatrick (Mar 24, 2021)
... the real power of this novel: Ishiguro’s ability to embrace a whole web of moral concerns about how we navigate technological advancements, environmental degradation and economic challenges even while dealing with the unalterable fact that we still die.... tales of sensitive robots determined to help us survive our self-destructive impulses are not unknown in the canon of science fiction. But Ishiguro brings to this poignant subgenre a uniquely elegant style and flawless control of dramatic pacing. In his telling, Klara’s self-abnegation feels both ennobling and tragic.
Critics often note Ishiguro’s use of dramatic irony, which allows readers to know more than his characters do. And it can seem as if his narrators fail to grasp the enormity of the injustices whose details they so meticulously describe. But I don’t believe that his characters suffer from limited consciousness. I think they have dignity. Confronted by a complete indifference to their humanity, they choose stoicism over complaint. We think we grieve for them more than they grieve for themselves, but more heartbreaking is the possibility that they’re not sure we differ enough from their overlords to understand their true sorrow. And maybe we don’t, and maybe we can’t. Maybe that’s the real irony, the way Ishiguro sticks in the shiv.... In Klara and the Sun, Ishiguro leaves us suspended over a rift in the presumptive order of things. Whose consciousness is limited, ours or a machine’s? Whose love is more true? If we ever do give robots the power to feel the beauty and anguish of the world we bring them into, will they murder us for it or lead us toward the light?

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