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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

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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Well read, but story too off the wall.

The narrator was excellent, but the story was too odd for me to get into.

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  • Karen
  • 30/01/2014

Engaging story beautifully read

I loved this book- Not all authors are good readers, but Ruth Ozeki does a marvelous job with this one. Interesting cultural and philosophical and generational contrasts. The story was very engaging in that I found myself glued to it wanting to know what would happen. I cared about the characters and how they fared. I appreciate the moments of magical realism, the mysteries that are left mysteries, the author's allowing the girl narrator to be both wise and shallow, as young people often are. The characters are more real for their flaws. The language is beautiful, the story well-constructed.

One word of caution - there is a lot of discussion of, and exploration of suicide in this book. At times it is uncomfortable - and I imagine that for someone with close experience or unprocessed hurt around this issue, it may be intolerably so. But it is integral to the book and the story, and involves Japanese history and perspectives on this issue. The tension of Japanese and American ways of understanding suicide is part of the story. That the author elicits this in (American) readers is also part of it. So choose accordingly.

For me it was well worth the read.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Katy
  • 09/01/2015

Where Darkness Meets Light

Audiobook narration by the author was especially beneficial. There are so many languages and characters in this book, that I'm not sure I would have been able to create the same image in my own head as I read the paper copy. I had the paper copy beside me the whole time, to jot down notes and bookmark notable quotes and sections. The paper copy has a lot of footnotes and annotations, and being able to see Japanese characters in print added to the enjoyment of the overall story.

I am so glad I felt a time crunch to read this book, otherwise I may have missed out on the audio version in Ruth's own voice & story telling capabilities.

The story got dark for a while and the graphic depiction of many disturbing scenes stuck with me, but when light returned near the end, the light was bright enough to carry me through.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • JOHN
  • 11/09/2013

Extraordinary Effort

Ordinarily I do not like to hear an author read his/her own books. Almost always they come across as emotionless and wooden, and one cannot help but wonder why in the world wouldn't a professional WRITER delegate the narration to a professional READER? This is not the case with this book. Ruth Ozeki's reading skills rival that of any I have ever heard. She definitely improves on her written words with her spoken words. Actually I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job than she.
It would seem that the Ruth in this book is the alter-ego of the author, who is drawn to some flotsam on the beach where she finds, among other artifacts, a diary protected within some plastic freezer bags. It soon becomes apparent the diary came from Japan, and although unlikely, possibly from the devastating tsunami of 2011. The diary was written by a Japanese teenager, Nao (not a coincidence that the pronunciation is "Now") who was contemplating suicide. Nao speaks to her reader across an ocean of water and time, and Ruth is drawn deeper into Nao's life. A captivating connection is made between the two through the girl's story, in spite of the chasm of time and space.
This is truly an elegant, lovely, poignant and thought-provoking novel and Ruth Ozeki has proven she is a brilliant author AND narrator. Highly recommended.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Molly-o
  • 27/09/2014

So unusual

I loved this book. I am not sure I can articulate everything about why,but I will try -- it is a wonderful story and pulls in many,many layers of human angst and resolution at just the right time while keeping the story line sane and magical at the same time. Ruth Ozeki reads it beautifully (not always the case with authors) and the characters are well drawn with a clear and significant plunge into new worlds. It was this - the fact that the book took me to another world. that captivated me

The fall season is a good time to be transported to another place while a transition is happening before our eyes. Don't miss this one.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • MissFigg
  • 24/02/2018

Remarkable

I went into this book with no preconceptions of it's contents. What I found was a series of beautiful echos - within the lives of the characters, as well as my own mind. The story contains frank discussions of self, was, suicide, and cultural belonging framed by a mysterious diary detailing the troubled life of a 15 year old Japanese girl, and the Canadian woman who reads it. It is a mystery, a journey, a spiritual endeavor, and a philosophical sampler. I very much enjoyed this book, and one even before the resolution came that I needed to buy this book in print as well, to ensure I read it again at a later point in my life. The audiobook format is wonderful though, as the author gives literal voice to the characters, providing accents and emphasis on a way that wouldn't come across as well simply printed.
This was a delight, please give it a try.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jill
  • 12/11/2013

contains graphic depictions of child rape/torture

What disappointed you about A Tale for the Time Being?

The first half was definitely stellar. Great narrator helped bring to life the ties between two disparate cultures with a gripping plot. I feel greatly misled by this book, however. It contains graphic depictions of attempted child rape and numerous descriptions of torture of a child. There are just somethings that I don't want to have to listen to in the car on the way to work, and those rank highest. I turned it off after I couldn't trust that the descriptions would end. Too bad.

Would you recommend A Tale for the Time Being to your friends? Why or why not?

Certainly not.

What about Ruth Ozeki’s performance did you like?

Her character voices weren't over the top, her cadence and inflection were spot on.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Definitely anger.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Barb
  • 15/03/2018

Layer upon layer upon layer

I've looked at this book many times, always deciding that it was probably too abstract for me. There are abstract parts, but most of the book is a multi-layered story featuring two characters separated by space and time. There's a touch of magical realism and characters that you can really get attached to. I loved the book. I'm going to buy a print copy and read it again.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • TwinMother
  • 13/02/2018

Wow what a story!

This story was so intense, it consumed me for weeks! I keep thinking about all the characters and the interwoven lives and paths. Simply a brilliant plot and beautifully written and read. A true time being. Thank you

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Skia Laurence
  • 05/07/2014

Favorite book this year

What did you love best about A Tale for the Time Being?

This book is an essestential philosophical romp. It's playful and humorous, and sometimes sad.....but never boring.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale for the Time Being?

Constraints of time, space, culture and the generation gap are transcended.

Which character – as performed by Ruth Ozeki – was your favorite?

The elderly Buddhist nun. At first, I was disappointed by Ruth's reading of her own work...but either she got better as the story went on or the story was so good, I simply didn't care.

If you could take any character from A Tale for the Time Being out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Someone should take Ruth Ozeki out to dinner....maybe an awards dinner! I'm definitely looking for other books by her.

Any additional comments?

I bought this in hard copy first, Then, bought the audible because I had to do chores and drive and things requiring eyes and hands, but I couldn't bear to put the book down. The hard copy has really interesting footnotes, which I missed. I can't wait for my friends to read this book so we can talk about it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • 30/05/2013

Beautifully written, beautifully read

What made the experience of listening to A Tale for the Time Being the most enjoyable?

This is a complex but always grip[ping narrative, or set of interlocking narratives. Ozeki is not only a deeply engaging, thoughtful, and often droll novelist but also a brilliant reader of her own work.

What other book might you compare A Tale for the Time Being to and why?

It has the mature technical deftness of Ozeki's second novel, All Over Creation, and the interesting comparative cultural (Japanese-American) perspective of her first, My Year of Meats. In emotional depth and historical breadth it is her best work yet.

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  • Global
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  • Daughter of Ink and Paper
  • 20/03/2017

Ein wundervolles Buch!

Meine Meinung: Das Buch lässt sich sehr schlecht einordnen. Es ist kein Jugendbuch, jedoch ist eine seiner Protagonistinnen eine Teenagerin, die auch mit Teenagerproblemen zu tun hat. Es ist keine Nachkriegsgeschichte, jedoch spielt der zweite Weltkrieg, im speziellen der Weltkrieg mit Hinblick auf Japan, eine wichtige Rolle. Es ist kein Erwachsenenroman, obwohl die andere Protagonistin eine mittelalte Frau in Kanada ist, die mit Eheproblemen und Schreibblokaden kämpft. Es ist keine philosophische Abhandlung, wobei viele philosophische Strömungen aufgegriffen und verarbeitet werden.

Was ist also dieses Buch?

Es ist ein Buch, in dem unterschiedliche Geschichten von Menschen miteinander verflochten werden, die so gut wie fast nichts gemeinsam haben. Sie stehen alle in unterschiedlichen Punkten in ihren Leben, jeder ist anders, hat andere Probleme und Wesenszüge und gleichzeitig scheint ein roter Faden sie miteinander zu verbinden. Kennt ihr das Mythos des roten Fadens? Eine kurze Exkusion findet ihr hier (bitte dem Link auf meinem Blog folgen).

Ruth Ozeki, welche das Hörbuch selber vorliest und welche auch ihren eigenen Namen mit einer ihrer Protagonistinnen teilt, die ebenfalls Schriftstellerin ist, schreibt auf eine ungewöhnliche Art. Sie schreibt sehr einnehmend, wobei sie von Poesie bis hin zu "Trashgedanken" einer Jugendlichen alles abdeckt. Dabei verwendet sie zum einen Slangwörter aus dem Japanischen, die Japanischlernenden oder Japan afinen Personen sicherlich bekannt sein sollten und bricht somit die Atmosphäre, die magisch realistisch ist, immer wieder gekonnt auf.

Das Hörbuch ist wie eine private Autorenvorlesung. Wer kann besser das Buch vorlesen und den Charakteren ihre eigenen Stimmen geben, wenn nicht die Person, die es geschrieben hat?
Greift daher am besten zum Hörbuch, denn wie die Autorin im Epilog selber sagt, hat ein Hörbuch Vorteile, die ein Printbuch nicht hat. Gleichzeitig sagt sie auch, dass das gedruckte Buch Vorteile hat, wie Illustrationen und Notizen, die nicht in ein Hörbuch umgesetzt werden können. Tja, ich schätze, dass ich mir auch noch das Printbuch holen werde.

Meine Bewertung: Ich bin ein bisschen arg von dem Buch eingenommen. Es ist wunderschön, alles daran ist wunderschön. Ja, ich weiß, dass das nicht gerade objektiv ist und dass ich so gut wie nichts über das Buch verraten habe, allerdings spricht das doch für das Buch ;-) Also, lest zumindest rein, ihr werdet es nicht bereuen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeldrik
  • 07/08/2016

slightly dark yet optimistic optimistic hopeful

fiction ... non-fiction same same. All stories ...... .. . . . . . .

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Charity
  • 05/06/2016

Sehr gutes Hörbuch

Ruth Ozeki spricht ihr Buch selbst ein, was dem Ganzen noch mehr Persönlichkeit verleiht. Das Englisch ist gut zu verstehen. Sie Story ist bis auf ein paar Kapitel kurz vor Schluss sehr spannend.
Für Japanfans auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen.