Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
This was a beautiful novel and one that, I felt fairly certain when I picked it up, would break my heart. I was not entirely wrong--the novel is sad, but in a good way. Klara remains an optimist and insightful right up until the end, in spite of the fact that things do not end well for her--after all, she is AI with a limited lifespan, and by the end of the novel Josie is in no need of a friend to help her grow up. Josie and her family are victims of circumstance and their reactions to things are very human. The author's writing is very well done, giving Klara a voice that is very innocent and optimistic.
Klara and the Sun is an insightful and occasionally heartbreaking read that raises questions of what it means to be human and, ultimately, what it means to love.