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Klara and the Sun
Klara and the Sun
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
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....  more »
ISBN-13: 9780593318171
ISBN-10: 059331817X
Publication Date: 3/2/2021
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 95
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I was very excited to read this book. I love books about artificial intelligence and dystopia. This was my first Ishiguro book and unfortunately, it left me disappointed. With all the makings for a good book, it truly fell flat. The beginning of the book was promising. I read it hungrily but not quite halfway through, it started losing its flair. It would be days in between before I would pick up the book, which is very unusual for me. Finally, I trudged through and about 3/4 into the book, it picked back up again. Only to have a horribly depressing ending. I closed the book upset and not sure what just happened. If anything, I guess the book got me thinking but it was more out of shock and despair.
There were things I liked about the book. It had some really good characters, especially Klara. It had some good insights and showed how sometimes faith and hope is all we need. There were parts of the book I feel didn't do so well. The supposed dystopian society was barely laid out. The whole world that they lived in was hardly touched on. It was hard to get a big picture on the setting of where they were at. Also, the dialogue at times was really weird. I couldn't see anyone speaking to each other in the manner that they did. It just threw the book off kilter when this happened. This was a good book... not great but not horrible. I will try to read another Ishiguro book in the future.


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