A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from best-selling author Ruth Ozeki
"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, 16-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 listener, 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.
©2013 Ruth Ozeki (P)2013 Penguin Audio
The journey that Ruth and Nao took to get this novel into being was clearly a long one. The pain, suffering, and frustration pent up within the pages is beautiful, transcending into a deeper peace and serenity. This story deserved to be heard. Ruth and Nao are worth it.
Yes, well-written and well-read. I lived in Tokyo for 13 years and the descriptions and insight into the city and culture were spot-on perfect. To the reviewer who commented on the graphic nature of the bullying described - THIS HAPPENS. Bullying is a horrific part of an otherwise safe culture. It was not overstated or dishonest.
The magical aspect of the story was unexpected and at first left me questioning the choice of the book. But it is reality subtle and the ending solidly brings it all together
Welll read and truthful.
Everything about Tokyo was so exactly described, I couldn't believe how accurate it was.
So many interesting twists and turns. Kept my attention from the very beginning. I loved how it switched back and forth between time periods.
I will keep this short and sweet as I'm typing on my phone but I LOVED this book. It had a complex story line that was layered, as you read you peeled off layer by layer until you felt extremely close to the characters. Her story was captivating, I loved the voice, I laughed, I cried. It was just an awesome listening experience. The summary of the book doesn't do it justice.
I really loved this book. talk about feeling connected. I laughe, I cried...I hoped. I was so invested in the characters who were beautifully described.
this is now one of my favorite books. :)
I wish the author had enriched her description of the characters and their situation and not thrown in so many unlikely plot elements. The character of Ruth, whom I presume to be somewhat autobiographical, was unlikeable- I did not care if she never wrote again and I wanted her husband to divorce her. The titular nun did not seem very profound to me. Very serious topics were piled on and addressed only glancingly; e.g., rape, prostitution, suicide, depression, Alzheimers.
Not sure what the genre is.
Opening chapters and set-up were quite good. I was looking forward to elaboration of the "Time Being". The double entendre left for a lot of rich possibilities, which were not fully developed, in my opinion.
Way too much going on. What was the point of the injured cat? The rape scene was unbearable.
I started to lose interest in the end and may have tuned out when the explanation was offered, but I never learned the answer to the fundamental question of how the Hello Kitty box ended up in the water.
The Author narrated this book with authentic nuances of language, emotion, shaken confidence and love.
I flinched with each identification I had to each flawed and beautiful character and yearned for the healing company of the Great Grandmother.
Scene to me is more the setting of the events. The author puts you in a place that gives physicality to landscapes in your mind. The descriptions of place, detailed by the author through all senses, gave me a visceral feeling. The duality of beauty/danger in the Pacific Northwest, and of Nao in Tokyo.
This book touched me in many ways. I was angry, frustrated, jealous and curious. I laughed and cried. I want the print version so that I can experience the book in a different way. I want to share it with people I love. I want others to experience it.
The Author taught me something, or reminded me of something that was already in my heart. Either way, listening to this book has become the first step of that journey of learning and remembering. Thank you, Ruth Ozeki, for the First Step.
Probably the best book I have read. I would recommend this to simply anyone. It contains history, humor, and a sad teenage story line. A bit of everything.
yes would recommend it ,thoughtful ,funny .
the characters are beautifully drawn, unique interested plots and twists and turns
the teen girl and grandmother
nice mix of philosophy, intrigue, and plot
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