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Monday Evening Book Discussion Reads Klara and the Sun

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join our Monday group on Zoom to discuss Klara and the Sun.  All adults are welcome to join our book discussion groups.  Copies of the selection are available at our circulation desk in advance of the meeting.

Library Journal Reviews
When Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day; Never Let Me Go) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017, a member of the Academy noted, “He is not out to redeem the past, he is exploring what you have to forget in order to survive in the first place as an individual or as a society.” Here, in his first novel since winning that esteemed award, Ishiguro imagines a world in which artificial intelligence has advanced into a form of companionship and a potential mode of immortality. The book’s protagonist is Klara, an Artificial Friend with advanced observational capabilities. On sale in a shop, she is ultimately chosen by a family with a sick child, Josie. As Klara spends more time with the family, she comes to understand their collective hopes, dreams, and fears. Her objective processing of emotion slowly evolves into an understanding of the human condition. With restrained prose and vivid language, Ishiguro replaces the tired trope of whether computers can think with a complex meditation on whether computational processing can approximate emotion. VERDICT Ishiguro’s latest novel is without resolution but will leave the reader with wonder.—Joshua Finnell, Colgate Univ., Hamilton, NY

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April 11
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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