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review 2017-04-25 20:35
A great and beautiful drift
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

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 best headspace to read this book in, is to allow yourself to drift through the story.

 

It is a story that winds the lives of our two narrators, calling into question the role of reader and storyteller by way of quantum physics and Buddhism. Curious? Confused? Either you'll really get into A Tale for the Time Being, or it won't be your cup of tea. I suspect that fellow Murakami lovers will enjoy the existential nature of it.

 

So I'm not going to tell you any more. I'm not going to dissect character or give you more plot than you already have. Get comfortable, open it, take a deep breath, and plunge.

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review 2016-06-29 23:13
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Ahh, magical realism. What a delightful read!!

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review 2016-01-31 13:04
A Tale For The Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

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 Ruth starts to read Naos diary, the lives of these two unlikely characters starts to intertwine. What influence does Naos life have on Ruths and vice versa?

 

This book is just beautiful and a wonderful read. And I didn´t even like everything about it. As a matter of fact, I pretty much disliked Ruth and her husband Oliver. They had some personality traits that annoyed the heck out of me. Unfortunately half of the book is written from Ruths point of view, which I haven´t been too fond of and I have been looking constantly forward to Naos chapters.

Yes, Nao. I felt for her, I cried for her (and I almost never cry while reading novels), I had to smile at her odd behaviour and her quirkiness. She is one of the most unique characters I have ever encountered in a book and I really adore her and her great-grandmother Old Jiko.

 

This book isn´t nearly perfect, but I loved it and I didn´t want it to end. 5 stars, depsite its flaws.

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2015-07-21 20:41
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

 

Liking it so far. Loved the beginning! I just wish it weren't 400 pages long. No idea why! The physical bullying that Nao went through was brutal. Also, both her parents are crazy. As are Ruth and her husband, Oliver. Maybe that is why the book seems too long?

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review 2015-06-28 23:52
A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

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 hardly put the book down. Her narrative was by turns intriguing, heartbreaking, funny, and addicting. All the characters in her sections were wonderful.

 

I took off a half star because I didn't particularly care for the Ruth sections. Writers putting themselves in their books is something I never really enjoy. I felt like while the novel as a whole was really great, Ozeki's attempt at exploring the relationships between writer and reader didn't work all that well.  

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