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Klara and the Sun: A novel (edição 2021)

por Kazuo Ishiguro (Autor)

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Título:Klara and the Sun: A novel
Autores:Kazuo Ishiguro (Autor)
Informação:Knopf (2021), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:novel, sci fi, artificial intelligence

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Klara and the Sun por Kazuo Ishiguro

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    Never Let Me Go por Kazuo Ishiguro (JGoto)
    JGoto: Style and themes are similar in both of these novels by Ishigura.
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    Flowers for Algernon por Daniel Keyes (Othemts)
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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
  Paraguaytea | Sep 25, 2021 |
painful
boring ( )
  prima1 | Sep 25, 2021 |
Still processing this. Review to come.

3/19
Ok, here comes the review. First off, I'd definitely recommend, as with all the other Ishiguro I've loved, to read this book without knowing anything about it. I'm not hyping you up for a big twist-- it's more that I think the story is designed for you to discover as you read. Spoilers from here.

This is a quiet, heartfelt book. The plot moves slowly, and the vast unfairnesses and cruelties of the world are shown gradually and not pointed at. Ishiguro has dipped back into the world of speculative fiction he visited in Never Let Me Go (and I see why many have compared this to that novel, though I'd say all of his books have a quintessential Ishiguro-ness that crosses over genres), and brings his deft touch to the areas of artificial intelligence, bounding boxes, robotics, drones, virtual learning, gene editing, automation, and others. When you list it all out like that, it sounds a bit overwhelming, but really the strength lies in the plausibility and lack of dramatics. I also wouldn't call this a dystopian or utopian novel-- Klara is not in a cruel world, or an especially kind one. She's just in the world.

Ishiguro's main tool in the story is the tender defamiliarization of Klara's perspective, a kind of gentle uncanny valley which renders everything as equally ordinary and mystifying. Klara is an Artificial Friend, a learning robot designed to absorb information about the child that she is purchased for, and use that information to be a good friend. She treats everything she learns and thinks with the same sweet dedication. She continually advances towards greater understanding and her own obsolescence. She has no mechanisms to protect or care for herself.

From our perspective, of course, we can infer bigger, stranger things about the world Klara moves through. She treated unfairly and also loved, often at the same time by the same people. Her triumphs are both impossibly amazing and very small. There are all sorts of things going on that make this world and its people interesting and different and disturbing. But through Klara's eyes, everything unfolds very naturally-- sometimes a bit confusing, but put carefully in order as best as she can.

I'm happy this book didn't go for any of the big dramatic choices that it could have. Josie didn't die after all, Klara didn't have to replace her. There were no "action" scenes with the kids' socialization group or Josie's father's fascist community. There was no big emotional confrontation about Klara's beliefs. Though I'm sure Ishiguro could've written any of those things well, I think leaving the book at a relatively quiet ebb made it more affecting. The main arc of the book was Klara waiting to be chosen, doing her best to do what she was designed for, and, once she had, being put quietly away. The big climax is not about the larger world, not even about the small local world that the story lives in, but focuses exclusively on the two central figures of Klara's personal mythology: Josie, and the Sun.

There, I think that's all my thoughts. I liked this book. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Despite all the international acclaim garnered by Kazuo Ishiguro in recent years, Klara and the Sun is my first experience with one of his novels. The immediate buzz about this one was so great that I knew I had to read it, but ended up waiting for five months for my name finally to reach the top of my library’s “hold list.” Thankfully, Klara and the Sun was worth the wait, and now I can look forward to reading more from Ishiguro, including his backlist.

Klara and the Sun takes place at some time in the relatively near future in an unnamed country in which people seem to have splintered into communities that share certain characteristics and status levels. Those wanting to move to a new city or state first have to find a community willing to invite them there. This is definitely a country of haves and have-nots, and the impression is that rapidly advancing technology, especially the use of artificial intelligence, has a lot to do with the economic split.

The novel’s narrator, in fact, is a lifelike robot called Klara, who introduces herself this way to the reader in the novel’s first few sentences:

When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazine table side, and could see through more than half of the window. So we were able to watch the outside — the office workers hurrying by, the taxis, the runners, the tourists, Beggar Man and his dog, the lower part of the RPO Building. Once we were more settled, Manager allowed us to walk up to the front until we were right behind the window display, and then we could see how tall the RPO Building was.

Klara and Rosa, two robotic Artificial Friends (known to the world as AFs) themselves become friends while they spend all those hours waiting to be taken home by the one teenager who will choose them off the showroom floor. They are friends, but they are not really much alike. Klara, in fact, is everything that Rosa is not: curious, thoughtful, empathetic, and observant. And she will turn out to be the perfect match for the teen girl who finally returns to purchase Klara just when the AF is beginning to think it will never happen for her.

Klara’s new human friend, Josie, is not having an easy time of it at home, but she could not have made a better choice for an AF than Klara because Klara is completely dedicated to her new role as Josie’s protector and advocate. Klara, though, must work within the limitations of her role and she sometimes, especially in the early days, allows herself to be manipulated by others who may not have Josie’s best interests in mind. Klara, though, never stops believing that better days are ahead for Josie and her family — and she never stops working to make that happen.

Bottom Line: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara is one of the most unforgettable characters I’ve encountered in a while. Some may argue that Klara’s selflessness and dedication to her friend Josie is only to be expected; Klara is, after all, only a well designed machine; that she had no choice but to do the things for Josie and her parents that she does. But even Manager, the woman Klara refers to in the novel’s opening paragraph, believes that Klara is special, that she is, in effect, almost human. One of the more intriguing aspects of Klara and the Sun is watching Klara figure out things for herself as she experiences more and more of the world. This is one novel I will not be forgetting…especially that ending. ( )
1 vote SamSattler | Sep 16, 2021 |
This is a page turner of a literary sci-fi novel that never quite reaches the depths of Ishiguro's earlier work. In a near future of a U.S. where parents can decide to genetically enhance their children, professional workers are outsourced by robots, and Artificial Friends can be purchased to make things a little less lonely, Klara (our narrator) is an exceptionally observant AF who immediately forms a bond with a junior high aged girl, Josie, as she stands on display in the window of her store. After a few false starts, Klara goes home with Josie and her mother to start her life of companionship and protection of her child. The problem is, however, that Josie is sick and getting sicker, and only Klara's hope and faith (maybe!) can save her.

Both the charm and the weakness of the book come from us being tied to Klara as our window into the story. Klara is hyper intelligent and extremely observant, but also a machine that approaches every new situation with an unusual naïve wisdom. Her way of categorizing people and places and the glitches in her perception as the novel moves forward are entertaining and evocative. However, being stuck in a robot and not getting to enter the minds of the complicated and flawed humans in Klara's world keeps us stuck behind a melancholy wall of programming. The glimpses we do get into family relationships and futuristic world building are tantalizing but ultimately unfulfilling. And because our view comes through Klara, the big moral questions of the novel end up being given pretty simple and cliched answers. Definitely worth reading and not bad, but a little disappointing given the high bar Ishiguro set with his earlier novels. ( )
1 vote kristykay22 | Sep 13, 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.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe 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.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe 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.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Mar 2, 2021)
 
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?
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Atlantic, Judith Shulevitz (Mar 2, 2021)
 

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Mr Capaldi believed there was nothing special inside Josie that couldn’t be continued. He told the Mother he’d searched and searched and found nothing like that. But I believe now he was searching in the wrong place. There was something very special, but it wasn’t inside Josie. It was inside those who loved her.
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