Tales of androids / robots / Artificial Friends (in this case) showing empathy and perception towards humans are nothing new. Philip K Dick's We can build you, with its Abraham Lincoln simulacra, was half a century back, for example. Being Ishiguru this is dealt with in far more literary prose, but it still plods along in quite a dull fashion much of the time.
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.
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Klara and the Sun: Royal trade paperback (Engelska) Pocketbok – 27 Februari 2021
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Quietly Brilliant and Very MovingGranskad i Storbritannien den 4 mars 2021
Almost unbearably moving in places. Klara is a machine: she talks rather oddly and she sees in tessellated fragments that only coalesce into a rational view of her surroundings as she learns to understand them. Yet Ishiguro’s robot, or Artificial Friend, was still able to move me to tears. She is unconditionally good, even when cruelly used. A novel about love and loving, and the complex interplay of emotions that makes us human, but also a novel about the nature of faith and of good and evil in a dystopian near future.
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An okay readGranskad i Storbritannien den 16 mars 2021
I am glad that I read this novel, although I am really not sure what the hype was about. It was okay. I enjoyed the first part of the book and the perspective of Klara (a robot) relaying her sights and impressions of life outside the shop window of a busy high street store. I couldn't emotionally connect to any of the characters and found them lifeless, empty and superficial. This could be intentional, and reflecting the narrative viewpoint of the robot (i.e. the limited ability of a robot to fully connect with humans), but I felt this world, and its inhabitants were flat, devoid of real emotions, so that I was fully detached by the end. I wasn't challenged by the themes, and if I was a 13 year old once more, I may have felt the same way. With saying that, it has now been several days since I have finished the novel and my mind does keep returning to it. I cannot think about the sun in the same way, so I guess it has made an impression on me. I just wanted a bit more: realism, detail, explanation of the dystopian world it was set in; character depth, more explicit moral discussion. I feel somewhat empty. I honestly feel gutted not to love this book like some other readers have done.
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Disappointing. Abandoned it.Granskad i Storbritannien den 25 mars 2021
I bought this mainly on the strength of other people's enthusiastic reviews. However, I got about half way through before I abandoned it. It is just so strange and I could not feel any enthusiasm for either the characters or the story. I am a voracious reader and I very rarely don't finish a book. I have read another of this author's books, forget the title, something about the remains of the afternoon, which was made into a good film but I don't feel tempted to try another.
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StunningGranskad i Storbritannien den 19 mars 2021
The best books stay with you forever. Ishiguro gently unwraps his compelling tale in his usual meticulous prose and, little by little, reveals fragments of the world that Josie, Klara and Rick inhabit. As is so often the case with Ishiguro, the frame of the story - although offering an intriguing glimpse into a dystopian future - never overwhelms his intricate and heart-rending examination of love, ambition, anger, fear, faith, forgiveness and hope. The ending is even more moving than the finale of ‘Remains of the Day’, and Klara emerges as one of his richest and most realised characters. Before reading this, the new books I have enjoyed the most over the past few months have been Graham Swift’s ‘Here we are’ and Francis Spufford’s ‘Perpetual Light’. Both were excellent, but this occupies the rarefied higher ground worthy of the winner of a Nobel prize. Faber, too, deserve high praise for producing a hardback that in its design, printing and construction, matches the superb quality of Ishiguro’s writing.
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