Book Review: Klara and the Sun


Klara and the Sun is a cute sci-fiction novel, written by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel prize winner. Klara is a robot or artificial friend (AF) and she tells us a story as she sees it. Klara pretty much needs solar energy for her existence which she tremendously respects and trusts. She is a brilliant observer and has a great perception of her surroundings and the people around her. At the time, when families buy AFs to make a company for their kids, Klara finds herself in the home of a girl Josie and her mom. Josie and Klara create a great bond and friendship. Klara is a robot that is programmed to understand human emotions, and even show empathy. Some believe she could even become human or become a perfect interpretation of a living person. When Josie shows symptoms of her illness, Klara feels for her and tries her best to make her little friend well. She chases the sun which she believes can save Josie. She even makes the decisions when she is put in situations she doesn't feel are right. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this novel. I find it definitely thought-provoking. To what space will science take us, and where it might need to stop is still to be seen. The book was interesting and fast to read.



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