Date(s) - 04/09/2022
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. March 2021, 307 pages. Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021. Ishiguro was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. AF—Artificial Friend & an ill “lifted-GM” American girl; near future.
Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, 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. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love? Amazon
In her review for The New York Times, Radhika Jones notes that Klara and the Sun returns to the theme of The Remains of the Day as “Ishiguro gives voice to: not the human, but the clone; not the lord, but the servant. Klara and the Sun complements his brilliant vision, though it doesn’t reach the artistic heights of his past achievements. . .when Klara says, “I have my memories to go through and place in the right order,” it strikes the quintessential Ishiguro chord.” Wikipedia.
Nobel Prize winner Kazou Ishiguro’s science fiction novel Klara and the Sun will be our groups last official selection of this 2021-2022 book group season. This year to help us reflect on the justice and compassion needed in these transitioning times, as called for in our UU principles, we have been reading novels which explore the lives of six diverse demographic groups here in the United States.
In this story, set in the near future, the main character and narrator Klara is an AF or “Artificial Friend” to a 14-year-old girl. Is Klara a sentient being? While we may not yet have groups of AFs around, many of us are currently living with artificial parts—knees, hips, lens, etc. and experimental clones have already been created. So where are we headed? What will even this next decade bring us? Ishiguro tries to give us an expansive view that will make us think about life, mortality, and the saving grace of love.
We welcome 1stUUPB members and friends to join our discussions— whether you’ve finished the book or not. And while this selection ends our 2021-2022 season, our regular participants will soon be exploring new readings for our 2022-2023 meetings, which pre-pandemic were in the Sanctuary on second Saturdays of November through April. While we love the camaraderie of seeing and discussing books in person, with Zoom now also available, perhaps we’ll have some “Summer Vacation” readings/discussions that way for this summer. So stay tuned!
Be sure you are signed up with me—Dorie— for any supplemental emails or Zoom invitations. Also, if you have been on our group list but have not attended any meetings this year, I will be removing your name from my email list. General information will still be available to all in our 1stUUPB newsletters and on our website.