BOOK REVIEW: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Dystopian Fiction

Publisher: Vintage
418  pages
Buy:  Kindle | Audiobook 


Here is 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. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?


I completely understand the awards this book has gotten.  It deserves them.  Ishiguro is a beautiful writer and his stories are simple yet complex.  There is not a ton of action in this book and while I did find that it dragged in some places it was still a riveting read.  What is humanity and where do we draw the line between human and AI? 

Klara is an artificial friend, but she is extremely observant and while she doesn't have feelings per se she does seem to learn how to feel in the simplest terms. As the friend to Josie who is sick she tries to understand not only Josie but the motives of the people and world around her.  

I was worried about reading this book since Ishiguro's last book devastated me and I'm not going to tell you whether this one did or not but I can say that his characters may not have feelings but he sure knows how to get you to. 

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