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A Tale for the Time Being

Ozeki, Ruth L. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Tale for the Time Being


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""A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be." In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home"--
Authors: Ozeki, Ruth L.
Title: A tale for the time being
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2013.
Characteristics: 422 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: ""A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be." In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home"--
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ISBN: 0670026638
9780670026630
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • aquadog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A riveting novel that you can't put down. Probably one of the best books I have ever read. Enjoy!!

Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki as her pick of the month for April 2014.

Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • lpodell rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Read half liked girls voice, but just couldn't get interested enough to finish. May have been my restlessness

Report This Mar 20, 2014
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A compelling, original story. She rather lost me near the end of the book.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Author self insert, distressed sixteen year old American Japanese girl, a washed up diaries, quantum physics, and anarchist Buddhist nuns. It sounds like complete muddle of ideas and characters but it all fits together into a wonderful, and inventive, tale. In our present, Ruth is a writer living on a sparsely populated island off the coast of BC with her husband. On the beach she finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox with a watch and a diary inside. The diary, taking us nearly a decade into the past, belongs to sixteen year old Nao, a girl living in Tokyo who has decided to kill herself. Not before she tells the life story of her hundred and four year old great grandmother, though. She is the radical Buddhist nun. The novel very easily divides Ruth's reading of Nao's diary with Nao's narration of her family life, school life, and time spent with her great grandmother. Between Nao's writing of her past and present, and Ruth reading it as past for her in our present, time and the future become difficult concepts as you work your way through the story but it is lovely. Very well thought out and very imaginative. I can guarantee that you've never read a book like this.

Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • TerryNewberg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

wonderful story telling going on, the blend of fact and fiction, the buddhist flavor, the bit of magic, the need to know --- being a time being -- writers and women will relate especially to this tale

Report This Feb 23, 2014
  • Maggie98013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Some painful, uncomfortable passages - but overall a fabulous, thoughtful story. Really got me thinking. Highly recommend!

Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • Poodles rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ruth Ozeki writes herself into this novel and I found myself disliking her character. This was an uncomfortable feeling since I doubted the writer had distinguished the character from herself. I read the book for the Cortes setting, for the Buddhist temple setting and for the Jiko character. The Zen quantum physics did not draw me in.

Report This Jan 03, 2014
  • 21221004556327 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

rUTH OZEKI GENERALLY WRITES BOOKS ABOUT TOPICS THAT AREN'T RUN OF THE MILL. SHE DOES EXCELLENT RESEARCH AND THE TOPICS ARE CURRENT AND INTERESTING. I LIKE HER WRITING FOR THAT REASON; IF YOU LIKE BARBARA KINGSOLVER YOU'LL LIKE OZEKI.

Report This Dec 02, 2013
  • Codexthespius rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found the teenaged girl's diary much more compelling than the voice of the middle-aged novelist who researches her story on the other side of the Pacific.

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Report This Dec 02, 2013
  • Codexthespius rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Tsunami waves In Japan 2011

Did these waves carry a diary across the Pacific to Canada? The story is god even if you don't believe it could happen.

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