ISBN: 059331817X
EAN13: 9780593318171
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 2, 2021
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9.59" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1.38 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELER - Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures . a poignant meditation on love and loneliness (The Associated Press).

BOKER PRIZE LONGLIST Nominee - GOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick - On PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUMER 2021 READING LIST

What stays with you in 'Klara and the Sun' is the haunting narrative voice--a genuinely innocent, egoless perspective on the strange behavior of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear. --Booker Prize committee

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?

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   Fantastic read
Klara and the Sun is a novel set in a dystopian future/alternative reality. The world is recognizable enough that it could be our own. It is told through the point of view of Klara, an artificial friend, who is chosen as a companion by Josie, a sick child.
We are dropped into the novel with no context, and only learn about the world as Klara makes observations.
This novel expertly investigates the difference between humans and AI. The humans in this novel treat AI's as a second-class, designed to be their companions and expect nothing in return. But in many instances throughout the book, Ishiguro makes Klara out to be more humane even than the humans.
He forces the reader to contemplate: What does it really mean to be human? Is the self something inherently in you, or is it more about the projections of others onto you?
 
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