A Tale for the Time Being
Publish date: March 12th 2013
Publisher: Viking Canada
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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...
Ahh, magical realism. What a delightful read!!
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...
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...
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...
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