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ISBN: 0670026638
Author: Ruth Ozeki
Language: English
Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (March 12, 2013)
Pages: 432
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 390
Size Fb2: 1554 kb
Size ePub: 1973 kb
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Ruth Ozeki s an excellent book for you to read and/or listen too. I purchased this book on Audible and the author was also the reader. I love how her interpretation of her own work adds to one's understanding of what is occurring

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Ellis Avery, Public Books. Like a Zen koan, A Tale for the Time Being defies simple answers or explanations even as it reveals all. You will carry it with you. -The Vancouver Sun. In A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki pulls out all the stops with her new cast of beautiful, batty, and sad characters. It’s such a romp-so unafraid of the disasters of life, so full of delight-that it’s well worth the read. Forget the easy escape route of quantum mechanics; the novel more than supplies enough old-fashioned reading magic.

A Tale for Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Time is defined as "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. But a definition cannot begin to capture what time feels when you have to live through it. Through this PhD program I have wrestled with the concept of time. There is never enough of it. It either passes too fast, or too slow. In A Tale for Time Being, there are two stories being told side by side, with one narrative's character addressing the other one. Nao writes her diary addressing the person who will find it and speaks to them as if they were already a part her life.

A Tale for the Time Being is a metafictional novel by Ruth Ozeki narrated by two characters, a sixteen-year-old Japanese American girl in Tokyo who keeps a diary.

A Tale for the Time Being is a metafictional novel by Ruth Ozeki narrated by two characters, a sixteen-year-old Japanese American girl in Tokyo who keeps a diary, and a Japanese American writer living on an island off British Columbia who finds the diary washed up on shore some time after the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan

All the small details of A Tale for the Time Being, all the jumping around in time and location, come together beautifully . I’m so glad I was finally ready. Reading this book was hard, for many reasons, including the earthquake. But I did it, and yes, I loved it. It spoke to me, it taught me lessons.

All the small details of A Tale for the Time Being, all the jumping around in time and location, come together beautifully to tell a complete, coherent, emotional story. Depression, in its many forms. The kind of story that A Tale for the Time Being tells you will differ, depending on where you are in your life and, dare I say it, what kind of message you need to hear. To me, it was a story about depression, in its many forms. No, A Tale for the Time Being is not for everyone.

A Tale for the Time Being (ALA Notable Books for Adults): ISBN 9780670026630 . Coauthors & Alternates.

A Tale for the Time Being (ALA Notable Books for Adults): ISBN 9780670026630 (978-0-670-02663-0) Hardcover, Viking, 2013. ISBN 9781410460462 (978-1-4104-6046-2) Hardcover, Thorndike Press, 2013.

A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us. .Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction, 2013. Salon Magazine Best Book Award, 2013.

A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be. A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki - shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. Ozeki’s profound affection for her characters makes A Tale for the Time Being as emotionally engaging as it is intellectually provocative. The Washington Post. Independent Booksellers Book Award (UK), 2013.

In Ruth Ozeki’s Tale for the Time Being, a teenage Japanese girl’s diary washes ashore off the Canadian coast . Even the book’s title shimmers and shifts shape upon study. Viewed from one angle, it might signify a tale for the moment, temporary and subject to change - a tale for now.

In Ruth Ozeki’s Tale for the Time Being, a teenage Japanese girl’s diary washes ashore off the Canadian coast and is found by an introspective novelist. For Nao. (Be here Nao, you see?) But then Nao herself explains a time being as someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be. Which is quite the opposite of something temporary and subject to change.

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

Comments:

Gholbithris
Ruth Ozeki's book is truly deserving of awe, as in the real sense of overwhelming wonder. Writing as a 16 year old girl contemplating suicide is fiendishly difficult to achieve without falling into the precious or the realm of young adult angst. Certainly this book reminds me that 16 year olds exist in time experiencing the steering uncertainty of time and and adulthood. Nao's journal and the story of her Buddhist nun aunt cross the ocean from Japan to end in the hands of Ruth, who is facing her own bleakness. Nao addresses the reader as the being meant to receive the message. Ruth finds herself loathe to disagree.

This lovingly philosophical novel is layered with quantum physics, Zen Buddhism, and magical reality. Almost casually, the reader is offered pearls of riffs on time and the Japanese meaning of suicide as the only mastering of life. Ruth bears her name as derived from Middle English for rue while missing the Hebrew root meaning grace, certainly more pertinent to this lovely character. We share her quest to find the remarkable Nao, hoping to find her alive. And winding through the whole are strands of Japanese culture at its most compelling. Nao, who shares the same meme as English now proves that to grasp the now is to find it slipped to then.

This is a book to savor, to wish for the existence of a sixth star, to share, and to read. This author has illustrated beautifully my deep belief is the true meaning of human telepathy.
Anaginn
While I am liking the book quite a bit, the Kindle edition is so frustrating.There are footnotes on every other page--both Japanese terms and French quotes which are translated in the footnotes. I tried to bookmark the footnotes page, but they are arranged in such a way as they can't be easily accessed. I even went to the library to find the paper version of the book as a reference. It is impossible to read on my Kindle! That is taking so much time of the enjoyment away from the book that I am forcing myself to finish it.
Shaktiktilar
This is a story-within-a-story. One is the account of Nao, a 16-year-old girl who is yanked out of her comfortable life in California to return to Japan when her father loses his job. In between her suicidal thoughts, she decides to write the story of her grandmother, the Buddhist nun. The other is the story of Ruth, a novelist living with her husband on an island off the coast of Canada.

One day a Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on shore, possibly from the 2011 tsunami. It contains a collection of artifacts, and an account of Nao's life. With Ruth, we are drawn more and more into Nao's story.

I am stingy with my stars, but I am awarding this one five stars. Both stories are enchanting, and we care as much for one as the other.

Nao defines a time being as “. . . someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”

It is a book that will stick in you memory for a long time. I plan to reread it in a year or so.
Ffan
A Tale for Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Time is defined as "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole." But a definition cannot begin to capture what time feels when you have to live through it. Through this PhD program I have wrestled with the concept of time. There is never enough of it. It either passes too fast, or too slow. Reading this book was extremely lethargic, for the main characters, speak of time often.

Nao, the sixteen-year-old girl who's diary is the center of this story, explores what time means and how frustrating it can be. Her diary is for a time being, "...someone who lives in time..."; this book is meant to be read, for we readers are time beings. It is not often that you find a narrative that looks to explore this conception of time and does it so well. I have to say though, the plot line is heavy and it took me awhile to finish reading this story. And by awhile, I mean several months. It is not a book that one devours, just like Ruth (the other main character) did not devour Nao's diary in just one sitting.

In A Tale for Time Being, there are two stories being told side by side, with one narrative's character addressing the other one. Nao writes her diary addressing the person who will find it and speaks to them as if they were already a part her life. At some points you aren't sure who needs the other more, is the writer needing the reader, or is the reader needing the writer?

The juxtaposition of reading both the perspective of the writer and the reader, while yourself being an additional reader is trippy. It plays well into the themes brought up throughout the book, particularly the theme of time. Because time passes by differently for the writer, the reader of the diary, and then you the reader of the book. There are three different timelines, but everyone is centered on Nao's story.

I was most stricken by Nao's definition of "now". Nao explains "now" as: "...in the time it takes to say now, now is already over. It’s already then. Then is the opposite of now. So saying now obliterates its meaning, turning it into exactly what it isn’t. It’s like the word is committing suicide or something." This blew me away because she's hitting the nail on the head. Can we ever capture the now? As I am typing now, it is already then. Is it futile to attempt to capture the now, when it will always be the then? Is even trying to capture the now not allowing you to experience the now?

The theme of exploring the conception of time resonated with me. Time is as elusive as the wind. You can feel it happening, but you can neither touch or see it. However, both wind and time can have physical effects on the world, and you can feel them both passing by. Time is also something that we all have to experience, regardless of how short or long we remain on this earth. However, it is not often enough that we appreciate time for what it is. Our time is limited; we only have so many heartbeats to be had, so spend them wisely.

"In reality, every reader, while he is reading, is the reader of his own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument, which he offers to the reader to permit him to discern what, without the book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. The reader’s recognition in his own self of what the book says is the proof of its truth." —Marcel Proust, Le temps retrouvé

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