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A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel (edició 2013)

de Ruth Ozeki (Autor)

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"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.… (més)
Membre:LeonaL
Títol:A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel
Autors:Ruth Ozeki (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Books (2013), Edition: 978-0-670-02663-0, 432 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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Etiquetes:Book Club_SMc, Buddhism, Japan, tsunami, British Columbia

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A Tale for the Time Being de Ruth Ozeki

  1. 20
    Life After Life de Kate Atkinson (bibliothequaire)
  2. 21
    To the Bright Edge of the World de Eowyn Ivey (pamelahuffman)
    pamelahuffman: In both books there are people in the present trying to make sense of journals and artifacts from the past. Loved both books.
  3. 00
    Hiroshima in the Morning de Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Ozeki' s novel and Rizzuto's memoir are about daughters of Japanese mothers & American fathers who are trying to come to terms with world war 2 in the aftermath of 9/11. They're very different books, but both explore issues of mothering, memory, and loss.… (més)
  4. 02
    1Q84 de Haruki Murakami (urban_lenny)
    urban_lenny: Similar concepts of multiple worlds
  5. 04
    Tòquio blues : Norwegian Wood de Haruki Murakami (tobiejonzarelli)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 213 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Beautifully read by the author. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
An interesting introduction to Zen Buddhism. Sprinkled with insight into Japanese culture. A reminder why I like the Gulf Islands so much. Held together with great writing. ...but some sections where I could not suspend my disbelief enough that ruined the book a little for me (or at least knocked my rating down a star or two). ( )
  MysteryTea | Jun 14, 2021 |
I couldn't dig into this story. Perhaps I will try it again later.

If you enjoyed this book, that's wonderful! Please continue to support this author in any way you can! ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Jun 11, 2021 |
TW for the book: suicide, sexual violence

Obsessed! The way the book is structured is BRILLIANT and surprising and satisfying and I am TICKLED. This is what I want out of literature.

Also? I learned about the Japanese tradition of anarchy-feminism, so literally what is not to love about the novel?


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  Raechill | May 4, 2021 |
A devastating look into Japanese culture. Suicide, bullying, fetishization of girls, and shame were vividly illustrated by the Yasutani family’s trials and tribulations; the night is truly darkest before dawn. I appreciated the uncensored take on Japan’s war crimes, and how their acknowledgment can lead to redemption. The only complaints were re: weird shoehorning of quantum physics at the end to explain away the magical realism, as well as Ozeki writing her husband and herself into the book. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 213 (següent | mostra-les totes)
In clever and deeply affecting ways, Ruth Ozeki’s luminous new novel explores notions of duality, causation, honour, and time. ... Though [the character] Ruth is clearly intended as a semi-autobiographical portrait of the author, it’s the character of Nao, in all her angsty adolescent dismissiveness, that Ozeki truly pulls off (here’s an author who should be writing YA novels).
afegit per monnibo | editaQuill & Quire, Emily Donaldson (May 1, 2013)
 
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is expansive, provocative and sometimes rather confusing. But that’s okay. It’s supposed to be....It can leave you scratching your head – for starters, the main character of the novel seems to be Ruth Ozeki herself, or at least, a fairly obvious facsimile of her – but ultimately, the effect of such riddles is charming, earnest and very much a departure from your typical literary novel....Like them, Ozeki manages to turn existential conundrums into a playful, joyful and pleasantly mind-bending dialogue between reader and writer. Here’s hoping that this book will find its way to an audience just as excited to participate in it.
afegit per zhejw | editaGlobe and Mail, Lucy Silag (Mar 29, 2013)
 
"A Tale for the Time Being"... is an exquisite novel: funny, tragic, hard-edged and ethereal at once.

[It's] heady stuff, but it hangs together for a couple of reasons — the exuberance of Ozeki's writing, the engaging nature of her characters and, not least, her scrupulous insistence that it doesn't have to hang together, that even as she ties up loose ends, others come unbound.
afegit per zhejw | editaLos Angeles Times, David Ulin (Mar 21, 2013)
 
Seen from space, or from the vantage point of those conversant with Zen principles, A Tale for the Time Being is probably a deep and illuminating piece of work, with thoughtful things to say about the slipperiness of time. But for those positioned lower in the planet's stratosphere, Ozeki's novel often feels more like the great Pacific gyre it frequently evokes: a vast, churning basin of mental flotsam in which Schrödinger's cat, quantum mechanics, Japanese funeral rituals, crow species, fetish cafes, the anatomy of barnacles, 163 footnotes and six appendices all jostle for attention. It's an impressive amount of stuff.

One version of you might be intrigued. Another might pray it doesn't land on your shore.
afegit per zhejw | editaThe Guardian, Liz Jensen (Mar 15, 2013)
 
If you’re a fan of the metaphysician Martin Heidegger, or the physicist Erwin Schrödinger, you will be pleased at the novel’s tip of the hat to their abstruse notions of time and sub-atomic space. There’s even an appendix to the novel explaining the “thought experiment” known to the world as “Schrödinger’s cat...But the novel suffers from a tinge of self satisfaction. It pits sensitive souls like the involuntary kamikaze pilot who loves French literature against brutal army officers, and it’s not a fair fight. The fight becomes Us — readers who derive spiritual sustenance from Marcel Proust, and appreciate “the value of kindness, of education, of independent thinking and liberal ideals” — versus Them, who are sheer brutes.
 

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In de tijd, afdalen naar de bodem van de diepste zee,
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In de tijd, de hele aarde en de eindeloze hemel.

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"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.

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