A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

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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. 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"--
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2013
ISBN: 9780670067046
Branch Call Number: FIC Ozek
Characteristics: 422 p


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SPL_Liz Apr 30, 2020

This was a lovely book! It stayed with me for days after I put it down leaving me unable to start in on another novel. It delivered a complex story with uncomplicated language creating an immersive, character-driven story that included many themes including family, cultural identity, the natural world, quantum physics and our experience of time, as well as more emotional topics like bullying, suicide, natural disasters, and war. I would recommend this read to people who enjoy character-driven stories and are interested in existential questions about the human experience.

Mar 02, 2020

Two separate story lines woven together to make for a very powerful and moving story. This is a very good novel.

SPL_Melanie Dec 30, 2019

A beautiful read, tying together family dynamics, history, environmental concerns, natural disasters, and Buddhist philosophy. Sounds dense, but it's a complex and absorbing story with wonderful characters, which reads very quickly.

multcolib_susannel Dec 18, 2019

Humor and compassion, time-past, present and future, and a ninety-year old Buddhist priest are just a few of the elements in a story that begins with a worn red cover diary that washes up on the beach of British Colombia.

Nov 24, 2019

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LPL_SarahM Jun 10, 2019

This is one of those books where I found myself wanting to thank the author for her brain's existence. I'll be thinking about it for a long time.

Jan 11, 2019

Beautiful, I didn’t want it to be over!

Jul 17, 2018

This is one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time!

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Jan 03, 2017

“..I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you. 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.”

PimaLib_SherrieB Oct 22, 2014

Print is predictable and impersonal, conveying information in a mechanical transaction with the reader's eye. Handwriting, by contrast, resists the eye, reveals it's meaning slowly, and is as intimate as skin.

Jun 26, 2014

From Le temps retrouve (Time Regained) by Marcel Proust, as quoted in A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki:
"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."

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Jan 03, 2017

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Jun 26, 2014

A Canadian writer finds a freezer bag containing a young Japanese girl's diary which might have washed across the Pacific after the tsunami. The chapters go back and forth between the writer and the diary pages, keeping you enthralled and wondering if you will ever know what became of her. Fascinating!


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