📖: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (2021)
🍸: klara’s sunset
Why this book?
This is the kind of book raises more questions than answers about humanity, spirituality, social equity, illness, and mortality. What kind of world do we create with the technological capacity to avoid loneliness, transcend death, and give children a headstart in life?
In the world of this novel, AI beings have replaced workers, privileged children can receive (genetic) modifications, and climate change is a big threat. Enter Klara — one of many Artificial Friends, robots who serve as intelligent and caring companions for children.
Like Never Let Me Go, this story is told from a narrator whom society considers to be not fully human. By forcing us to observe and learn about the world through Klara’s eyes, the contradictions and complexities of human behaviors are laid bare before us, alongside the systemic inequities that we often accept as the status quo.
While I wished for more depth, texture, and resolution for some plot points and characters, I did appreciate the way the author explored dualities. For example, the novel gave me a lot to think about regarding the tension between opposing emotions, the thin line between human and machine, and the different choices parents make for their children out of the same sense of love. How much more do we destroy, rather than create, when we step from being a mere mortal into the role of playing god?
Why this drink?
Klara is a solar-powered machine. She even begins to make requests to the sun when it sets over the horizon, on behalf of Josie’s well-being — much like how a human would pray to a deity. For this cocktail pairing, here is my take on the tequila sunset with a smoky, ginger twist.
1.5 oz mezcal
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz grenadine
3-4 fresh ginger slices
dried orange wheel
- Muddle ginger in shaker.
- Combine all other ingredients (except grenadine) on top of the muddled ginger in your shaker tin.
- Shake well with ice and strain into glass.
- Pour grenadine slowly down the side of your glass to create the “sunset” effect.
- Garnish with dried orange wheel for your sun ☀️
Another round, please! 🥂
You might also like:
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005)
Finished the book? What did you think about it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!