My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Release Date: 2 March 2021
Genre: Science fiction; Literacy fiction
Age Range: Adult
Klara, an Artificial Friend, is a bit different from her fellow AF’s – she is observant and curious about humans.
From her spot in the store, Klara watches the people on the street and as those who come and go from the store.
Until one day she is bought to be the companion of a sickly young teenage girl named Josie.
…the sun had ways of reaching us wherever we were.
There is something unnameable about the way Ishiguro’s books make me feel. I cannot explain it in words. They feel like a breath of fresh air on a crisp autumn day. Seeing an old friend after a long period of separation. That moment of complete silence in the early hours of the morning.
The writing was the author’s usual, simplistic style that never fails to captivate me. Full of subtle hints that leaves the reader desperate to figure out what our characters are going through. Pages rich with nuance and deeper meaning.
Ishiguro purposefully omits detail and specifics which allows the reader to flesh out thier own version of how to perceive Klara’s world (honestly this is my favourite part of his writing!! I like forming my own ideas and theories).
The futuristic setting doesn’t feel far fetched, but fills one with kind of feeling of foreboding. A look into where things are headed for us.
Klara was such an interesting narrator — naive and wise and full of hope.
Her observations of humans and the way she makes sense of the world were fascinating.
I’d begun to understand also that this wasn’t a trait peculiar just to Josie; that people often felt the need to prepare a side of themselves to display to passers-by – as they might in a store window – and that such a display needn’t be taken so seriously once the moment had passed.
Her reverence of the sun was most captivating. Despite being a robot, her faith felt genuine and the spirtual aspect of her personality was unexpected but engaging to read.
There was something very special, but it wasn’t inside Josie. It was inside those who loved her.
Ultimately this is a story of love and hope and all that we would do to hold on to those we love.
If you’re looking for a complex sci-fi novel — this is not it. I’d recommend this to literary fiction lovers and anyone who enjoys poignant slow paced reads.