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A Tale for the Time Being

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    Ruth Ozeki(Author)

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Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her Canadian beach home and suspects it might be debris from the 2011 tsunami. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. With every turn of the page, Ruth is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery, in which 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is trying to find a reader and friend who finally understands her.

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  • Ruth Ozeki(Author)
  • Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (16 May 2013)
  • English
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  • By CamillaLondon on 1 April 2016

    A totally gripping book with real depth that sent me off investigating lots of ideas - brilliant.The story starts with an author called Ruth who lives on a Canadian island and who finds a diary by a troubled Japanese teenager washed up on the beach. The stories of the author and the teenager unfold together through the book, mixing East and West just as the philosophies of Heidegger and Zen Buddhism are drawn together.Along the way we explore the sacred and profane sides of Japanese culture, rarely told stories of Japanese military history, quantum mechanics, death, free will, connectedness, the tension between the modern and traditional worlds and more.I can't remember the last time a book sent me off learning about new things in the way this has, and yet it also has a page-turner of a plot and always invites you along the journey - it's never impenetrable. It feels like a book to revisit through your life that will grow and unfold with you.Highly recommended.

  • By Mr N D Willis on 21 October 2014

    I loved this book. A Tale for the Time Being contains so much, its characters are so rich and yet the book maintains an easy pace, even when the pages contain complex information.The story is built around two sets of characters based in two places and two different times. The primary characters are Ruth and Nao. Ruth lives in the present day on a remote Canadian island, with her partner, Oliver, and their cat. Ruth had been a successful writer in New York City but has since been struggling with writer's block. Nao is a Japanese teenager whose life has taken a turn for the worse. Her family had been enjoying the trappings of the dotcom boom in California but have been forced to return to Japan after the fortune, in every sense, took a downward turn. The lives of Ruth and Nao cross after Ruth finds the Japanese girl's diary washed up on the island where she lives. In an effort to decide how it made its way across the ocean - was the diary pulled out to sea by the recent tsunami? - Ruth is drawn into Nao's life: her family's difficult adjustment after arriving back in Japan. Nao's diary also introduces Ruth to two more generations of the Japanese family's, an uncle who was reluctant soldier in the second world war and her grandmother -an anarchist feminist turned nun.A Tale for the Time Being is a smart book, but it is also an easy book to read. The reader is treated to rich details about Japanese culture, language and history but in an effortless way. Fictional events within the book are woven with real contemporary events to create a beautifully layered story.More than anything I loved the tone of the book. The characters are so compelling because their dialogue is so realistic and their problems so believable. Their dialogue is so interesting too, like listening to an interesting guest who is exceptionally erudite yet can communicate the ideas in a way that is easy to comprehend. For example, the book contains musings on Proust an quantum physics but discussed in a way that friends may discuss the plot of a filmI can't recommend this book highly enough. It's easy enough to be a relaxing read yet complex enough to make you think. Enjoy it.

  • By Paula Mc on 1 August 2014

    I enjoyed 'A Tale for the Time Being', it was a interesting story and the characters were well written. Nao, one of the main characters was great to read as she shared her life with the person she hopes would find her diary, I enjoyed the fact that despite what was happening in her life she still had hope.I look forward to reading more books by Ruth Ozeki.

  • By Mrs. J. Pattinson on 19 July 2017

    An unusual story which is well crafted. Enjoyed every page of it. Deserves the recognition it received. Well thought out and thought provoking.

  • By Guest on 5 September 2017

    I have read this novel three times and recently bought a copy for a friend. I found the whole concept of time's interwoven yet intangibleness mind blowing. Ozeki's Zen Buddhist philosophy obviously has some impact on her writing, but her characterisation of Nao through first person vocalisation is simply exquisite and will break your heart. I have simply never read anything like this.

  • By Lawrie Marlow on 4 June 2014

    I loved this book, it was brilliantly written and a really clever concept. I will need to re-read it soon as I don't think I got the most out of it, I suspect it's one of those books which you have to read again and again.

  • By Martin Rose on 7 May 2017

    Some very clever ideas here about memory, time, coincidence all wound into a fascinating tale about difference, cruelty, observation. One of my favourite books.

  • By Kindle Customer on 19 March 2015

    I was totally engrossed . I had not read any of Ruth Ozeki but am looking forward to reading another by her

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