A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
“Hi! My name is Nao, and 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 TALE FOR THE TIME BEING
I picked up this beautiful novel at Upstart & Crow on Granville Island in Vancouver a couple of months ago and am finally getting around to reviewing it. There’s so much in this one that I found it hard to whittle it down to a small review without giving away spoilers.
As well as reading the book, I also looked at some online interviews with the author, Ruth Ozeki, and listened to the audiobook. I’m glad I did, especially the audiobook, because it’s told with such tongue in cheek humour, that it really added to the personality of the characters.
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Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foundation and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.