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review 2013-10-15 10:23
Just fell short of great
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being is like one of those assorted platters you get in restaurants - there is a little bit of everything but not everything is necessarily appealing. Unlike dining, however, I'm not at the liberty to pick and choose here. Consequently, my reaction to the overall book is kind of hazy. Some portions blew me away (mostly the last quarter). Some portions made me think. Some broke my heart, some left me appalled, some put me to sleep. And then there were these parts that I simply did not understand.

I'm intrigued by this book. It is weird and inventive and very, very deceptive. It is so much more than what it claims to be. It is so dense without actually feeling dense. It is so easy to read but not so easy to comprehend.

A Tale for the Time Being is the story of two women, separated by distance and time, yet intimately bound by a relationship that cuts across all dimensions - one reads what the other has written.


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text 2013-10-11 19:41
55% done
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki


I finally see hints of magic realism. A girl just had a conversation with a ghost, and there is this crow that I don't think is a crow.

Why does this remind me of Murakami?


P.s. At least no cats have gone missing. Yet.

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text 2013-10-07 16:35
Currently reading
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

This is the first time I'm reading a shortlisted book before the Booker prize is announced ^_^


The Lowland sounds promising, but I'm not a fan of Jhumpa Lahiri, I'm afriad.


We Need New Names received mediocre reactions from some of my friends over at GR so that killed my enthusiasm.


The Luminaries is a little too long. 800+ pages??!


The Testament of Mary sounds a little too theological.


Harvest, while intriguing, hasn't been so buzzed about. I'll consider reading it if it wins.


So yeah, Ruth Ozeki's book is all I'm left with.


I hope I like it! Then I'll have something to root for when the Booker committee announces the winner next week! 

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