Friday, November 19, 2021

Klara and The Sun: A Novel, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara is a robot, one of many designed to serve as nannies/companions for children. Ishiguro traces the development of her emotions and understanding as she cares for a young girl, and ultimately asks: what makes us human? Can a robot be more compassionate, more loving, more self-sacrificing, than ourselves? Like everything by Ishiguro, a fascinating, thought-provoking, and touching read.

Three Great Books by Francine Prose

 The Vixen 

At his first job as a slush-pile editor, Simon, a young Jewish man grapples with fallout from the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  Should he help bring to market a book that portrays Ethel as a seductive, greedy, and fully complicit traitor?  As Simon's anxiety grows, the truth becomes ever harder to pin down.  

Prose forces us to confront our own desires for approval, money, and influence, and see our complicity in the lies perpetuated by those who will benefit from them most. 

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