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Klara and the Sun (2021)

– tekijä: Kazuo Ishiguro

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 39) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A beautifully written book, with a narrator that evenly balances a sense of humanity and an alien quality.
  Unreachableshelf | May 9, 2021 |
Ishiguro is a gifted writer, a subtle and nimble storyteller, and on a basic level this book was a real pleasure to read. This is a sweet story that tells you when to smile, when to get a lump in your throat, when to root for characters and when to fear for them. It was a nice easy spring book. So why only a 3-star?

Many authors have themes they return to and bring new perspectives to those themes through new characters and stories. The themes here are so similar to those in Never Let Me Go that all through the read I was thinking about that book, which I liked very much. When do we become obsolete, and is that something to simply be accepted. What does it mean to be human? How do we create caste, and once we stratify people or other beings what are the costs to them and to society at large? What do we really value in people? Sadly, I don't think Ishiguro added anything to the discussion with this story, and I think he explored those themes in a more interesting way in NLMG. His exploration of other themes was, I thought, sloppy. The environmentalism theme was the worst of this. Klara's "understanding" of environmental illness and her caper aimed at rolling back the effects of environment on health did not read like a parable or like true generosity, but rather a saccharine "and a child shall lead them" message. This also leads to the bigger issue which is that Ishiguro does not understand AI at all, so Klara possesses few of the advantages which AI imparts and possesses "attributes" that AI can never confer. There is a moment near the end where Klara talks about how she realizes she could never "love" Josie the way the people around her do because she cannot experience love or empathy. But all through the book she empathizes all over the place, she basically leaves a slimy snail trail of empathy in her wake everywhere she goes. And AI cannot empathize. At some point in the fairly near future we may be able to create AI complex enough that it can identify a list of cues that taken together indicate fragility or joy or frustration or sorrow in the humans around it, and that indication may elicit a mechanical response to those feelings, But real empathy? No. In Ishiguro's AI the robots are essentially mechanical imitations of The Giving Tree.

A nice read at a time when we all can use a little uplift, but not essential. Remains of the Day is one of my favorite books, and NLMG is really lovely and thought provoking, but Nobel or no, the rest of Ishiguro's work is, for me, well-executed light reading that does not offer more than a bit of escapism (which is not a bad thing, just not great literature.) As a side note, I sort of wished this had been written from Rick's perspective. I thought he was the most interesting character, and the most likely to see the situation clearly and have an intriguing angle. Another side note, I know Ishiguro thought it was clever to have "Melania Housekeeper" but it was a clumsy cheap shot - and this comes from someone who cannot stand the Trump family, and thinks Melania might be the most soulless of the lot. ( )
  Narshkite | May 9, 2021 |
Klara es una AA, una Amiga Artificial, especializada en el cuidado de niños. Pasa sus días en una tienda, esperando a que alguien la adquiera y se la lleve a una casa, un hogar. Mientras espera, contempla el exterior desde el escaparate. Observa a los transeúntes, sus actitudes, sus gestos, su modo de caminar, y es testigo de algunos episodios que no acaba de entender, como una extraña pelea entre dos taxistas. Klara es una AA singular, es más observadora y más dada a hacerse preguntas que la mayoría de sus congéneres. Y, como sus compañeros, necesita del Sol para alimentarse, para cargarse de energía...

¿Qué le espera en el mundo exterior cuando salga de la tienda y se vaya a vivir con una familia? ¿Comprende bien los comportamientos, los repentinos cambios de humor, las emociones, los sentimientos de los humanos?

Esta es la primera novela de Kazuo Ishiguro tras ser galardonado con el Premio Nobel. En ella vuelve a jugar con la ciencia ficción, como ya hizo en Nunca me abandones, y nos regala una deslumbrante parábola sobre nuestro mundo, como también ofreció en El gigante enterrado. Emergen en estas páginas su más que probada potencia fabuladora, la exquisitez de su prosa rebosante de matices y esa capacidad única para explorar la esencia del ser humano y lanzar preguntas turbadoras: ¿qué es lo que nos define como personas? ¿Cuál es nuestro papel en el mundo? ¿Qué es el amor?...

Narrada por la curiosa e inquisitiva Klara, un ser artificial que se hace preguntas muy humanas, la novela es un deslumbrante tour de force en el que Ishiguro vuelve a emocionarnos y a abordar temas de calado que pocos narradores contemporáneos osan afrontar.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | May 7, 2021 |
Oh my! Such beautiful language and simplicity of storytelling combined in such a profound tale. Sometime in the future, robots in the form of AF (Artificial Friends) are available to purchase. The narrator of this tale is one such AF, Klara. When the story opens, she is in the store with the other AFs and waiting to be purchased. Eventually, she is purchased as a companion for a 14 year old girl, Josie, who lives with her divorced Mother somewhere in the countryside.

Josie is a sickly child, and for much of the story, we are not sure she will survive to adulthood. She is also a privileged child who has been "lifted" and will have a bright future if she survives. The Mother had another child, Sal, who did not survive, and she is very anxious about Josie. She purchases Klara, the AF, as a companion, but she has a second purpose in mind which is revealed later in the story.

Josie and her Mother and Melania Housekeeper live in a rural setting. The only neighbor they have lives across the field in a dilapidated house. Rick lives here with his mother Chrissie. Rick and Josie have grown up together and are close friends. Rick, however, does not have Josie's genetic advantages and his future potential is in question.

Klara is an unusually empathetic AF. She is the soul of caring and kindness. She sees the world in planes and has a childlike belief in the Sun as God. And why wouldn't she--she is, after all, solar-powered. This belief drives her understanding of her world, and for me, is one of the mystifying aspects of the novel. If she is an AI being, why does she not understand the true meaning of the sun? Why does she think the Sun goes to sleep at night and not understand how the Earth revolves around the Sun? I guess she is not programmed to understand this, but it troubled my very literal brain.

The questions about the limits of AI are alluded to but not central to the novel. What is important is the ability of the Klara to care about Josie and function to be the best companion Josie can have. She is willing to make sacrifices for Josie that might affect her own functioning and this willingness to sacrifice is the soul of the novel, what made me feel that the novel would stay with me for a long time. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | May 5, 2021 |
With Klara and the Sun, Kazou Ishiguro continues his examination of the vague near-future that he began in Never Let Me Go. Told through the narration of Klara, an AF (artificial friend) purchased by a tween named Josie and her mother, Kazuo utilizes her clinical voice with mixed effect for me. Klara’s tone and stilted cadence wore on me and added to the general slowness of the novel. Maybe this was the point for Ishiguro, but it did not totally work for me--honestly this book dragged for me. The mystery of figuring out the social order, what happened with Josie’s family, what is “lifted”, and the other questions raised were not quite enough for me. Certainly, the intellectual observations on society, memory, faith, grief, love, and family were thought-provoking, and the writing masterful--I’m glad I read it--but I did not love it. ( )
  Hccpsk | May 2, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 39) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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.
 
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.
 
... 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.
 
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?
 
Ishiguro, like Nabokov, enjoys using unreliable narrators to filter—which is to say, estrange—the world unreliably...Often, these narrators function like people who have emigrated from the known world, like the clone Kathy, in “Never Let Me Go,” or like immigrants to their own world.... These speakers are often concealing or repressing something unpleasant...They misread the world because reading it “properly” is too painful. The blandness of Ishiguro’s narrators is the very rhetoric of their estrangement; blandness is the evasive truce that repression has made with the truth. And we, in turn, are first lulled, then provoked, and then estranged by this sedated equilibrium.... What sense can an artificial intelligence make of death? For that matter, what sense can human intelligence make of death? ... “Klara and the Sun” continues this meditation, powerfully and affectingly. Ishiguro uses his inhuman, all too human narrators to gaze upon the theological heft of our lives, and to call its bluff.
 
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