I vouch for Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun. I don't write reviews, but below the fold below the poem, put there because spoilers, Monday and last night's thoughts and questions, in the order typed and - I need emphasize this - without edit, it's muddy.
Here's a taste: Why is the housekeeper named Melania who speaks with a central European Slav accent? Her main role in the novel is to compare and contrast other humans interaction with her as servant viz Klara, an AI robot (for sake of shorthand), as servant, and anyway, below the fold, just the first two days thoughts.
First read through brought back every sensation my first reads of The Unconsoled and Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans chilled me, here's another tease: every Ishiguro novel is first about parenting and are filled with orphans, sometimes even those with parents. He thinks about what I think about and when zap the uncanny gongs, I didn't forget but sweet to be jolted
Will reread this time next year (says Jeff). Won't be posting tonight's tomorrow's ... thoughts, though much I haven't connected yet will be thought. I have an extra copy, been offered two places, silence so far, grab it.
There's new Lambchop in May, here's a first release, Klara didn't gong my bell at first either, by the third listen I'm in, those certain chords
Klara thoughts below the fold
- Josie's father
- Part Three = Coggling Machine
- Good Ishiguro chimes my bells
- That Klara programmed to Kind
- itself programmed to sacrifice for owner
- Klara programmed to believe all parental motives honorable
- Klara talks of her fellow Artificial Friends for sale and misses their staring out the window at customers and both adjusting their head tilts and facial expressions to best sell themselves as artificial, what works best
- One of Ishiguro's always themes parenting and lack thereof, orphans, always orphans
- Klara thinks Josie runs on Sun
- The story line of Klara's sacrifice is strained, as is its success, as is the book's
- My bells chime, this machine naif puppeted by handlers with different motives she was programmed to believe all without question
- I've part five of five tomorrow. I bet Klara ends up in the used artificial friend lot (typed Monday)
- Rick the only other character in novel through part four not tainted with motive, so far nothing but Kind
- That at certain times Klara cannot control her vision suggests someone is directing her to see what the someone wants or more importantly doesn't want Klara to see
- When the mother gave Klara a test-run as Josie
- Why is the housekeeper named Melania who speaks with a central European Slav accent?
- When the mother accused Rick of being happy he hadn't been lifted while one of her daughters dead from lifting, the other now near death
- Me and objects, the ones - rocks, watches, Dogduck - I believe in some small empathic connection
- Contrast and compare how the Mother treats Melania and Klara
- Manager, Klara, Mother, Housekeeper, Rick, Rick's mother, Rick's mother's ex-lover, Klara's father, Capaldi
- So Father goes along with Klara's plan to disable Pollution in deal with sun who would save Josie (the father listens to the machine say I can't tell you but help me save your daughter and he's like, Ok I will, but let me short-circuit this machine to save my daughter) in order to disable Josie so the Capaldi can't create a Klara as Josie, the reason Mother bought Klara
- Manager noticed Klara's exceptional talents as an observer and info-processor than others of the same model Artificial Friend from the same assembly line and tells Klara when Manager sees Klara in... I was almost right, was worse than I thought
- Rick and Josie split up after Josie recovers, she goes to Lifted University, he starts a career building spy surveillance drones
- Klara would have died to save Josie, programmed into a machine parents buy their lonely mid-teen children: like my parents bought a television set, nostalgia, that's another Ish-me ping
- Enough for now. I replensished my plastic animals, Happy Tree Knot