10.15.2021

finished reading

This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I missed something.  Was there a deeper meaning than I realize?  That's not to say I didn't like it, because it was good.  I just think I missed something. It's referred to as a fable-like work of speculative fiction, and the world-building was hard for me to grasp.  Essentially, Artificial Friends (AF) like Klara become sibling-like companions to the owners.  Klara narrates the story which explains why there are some gaps in the world-building.  I'm really interested and intrigued to discuss this with my book group.

From the publisher:
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 on the street outside. She remains hopeful that 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?

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