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The magnificent new novel from Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro - author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

“The sun always has ways to reach us.”

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 in the street outside. She remains hopeful 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?

©2021 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2021 Knopf Canada

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A modern masterpiece

Loved the new Ishiguro novel “Klara and the Sun”. The mood is very similar to “Never Let me Go” which is also an excellent book but somehow more refined and lovely. Five Star Plus+

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disappointing

The story has a very interesting premise, but the story strains credibility in many ways. When a robot is supposedly renowned for the ability to learn and adapt very quickly, so much so that someone could consider having it replace a real person, yet it continues to refer to phones as oblongs...and living rooms as 'the open plan'...despite living with family members and surely hearing the correct names for things, it seems very odd. The AF remained too child-like and robotic for the story to really hang together.

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an exceptional piece of fiction

A profound, sophisticated, and truly moving masterpiece. Excellently performed. A tour de force that has second listen written all over it

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Disappointed

The narration made this one hard for me to assess. While the narrator’s voice was pleasant, her cadence was completely off and she emphasized the wrong word in almost every sentence. It’s possible that was deliberately done to reflect the AF’s non-human-ness, but I found it so off-putting it was all I could do to get it the end of the recording. This was compounded by the inconsistent English accent for two of the characters.

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Klara and the sun

This book is written very simply but puts forward so many ideas to think about what is being human.

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The story of an Artificial Doll

The story, skillfully embedded and told by a robot named Clara, touched important issues of our time.
The narrator's voice gave the impression that we heard the Artificial Friend, Clara talking. However the other characters were well defined as well.