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A Tale for the Time Being (Audio) - Community Reviews back

by Ruth Ozeki
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it 2 years ago
This was my pick for Read Harder 2017's Task 19. There are actually several characters of color who go on spiritual journeys. A Tale for the Time Being has two protagonists, both are women of color and then some second tier characters have their own spiritual journeys as well. The book opens with Na...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it 2 years ago
This book just didn't work for me. It's written well, but it just isn't my kind of story. It made me feel depressed.
Tellulah Darling
Tellulah Darling rated it 3 years ago
This is a story about drift. Drift in the sense of ocean currents that wash artifacts up on a distant shore. Drift in the sense of our lives, as we bob along, hopefully keeping our heads above the waves but sometimes finding it easier to let ourselves sink down to the bottom. And I think that the be...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it 3 years ago
Ahh, magical realism. What a delightful read!!
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it 4 years ago
Nao is a 16 year old, troubled, japanese girl, who starts to write a diary about her own life and the life of her family in the present and in the past. This diary happens to fall in the hands of the novelist Ruth, who lives a secluded life with her husband Oliver on a remote Canadian island. As Rut...
AEriko's Book Corner
AEriko's Book Corner rated it 4 years ago
This was an excellent read! I always love the way Ozeki portrays Japan and Japanese culture. Authors who aren't of Japanese descent often have a bad habit of making Japan and the Japanese ridiculously exotic and stereotypical (fixations on honor, for one). Nao's story was so compelling I could har...
even with nougat, you can have a perfect moment
I can't decide on a star rating for this. I loved Nao's segments so much - they were quirky in the best possible sense of the word. The tale of her losing and finding herself (and her family) will stay with me for a long time.However, while I understand the function of the author self-insert chapt...
The Book Magpie's Nest
The Book Magpie's Nest rated it 5 years ago
I can't decide on a star rating for this. I loved Nao's segments so much - they were quirky in the best possible sense of the word. The tale of her losing and finding herself (and her family) will stay with me for a long time.However, while I understand the function of the author self-insert chapt...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 5 years ago
“Do you think Nao is alive?” Ruth asked. “Hard to say. Is death even possible in a universe of many worlds? Is suicide? For every world in which you kill yourself, there’ll be another in which you don’t, in which you go on living. Many worlds seems to guarantee a kind of immortality . . .” She grew ...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 5 years ago
It's normal to review a novel after you've finished reading it. Then you hold the whole book in your mind and decide what it meant to you: what you liked about it, what you didn't like about it, how it made you feel, what it made you think about and whether it was worth your time. It's a tried and t...
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