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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - Reading Guide - Books

At her best, which is often, her descriptions are terse, pithy and still transcendant. She writes of buried Chinese statuary, and at the same time reminds us all, over a long enough time, we too will be buried my microscopic eflluvia A thousand years will do it. If the world goes on, some day in the future, paleontologists will be looking for us.

It blows both ways, in and out of time. The outers lie ahead of us, but for the time being There are morals to all her stories, fiction and non-, but you hare to derive your own. If you want a moral worth having, follow this story-teller whose book leaves are worth parsing.

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For the first part of this book, I read with interest, the seeming disconnected topics: I read because I know from her early work how she will blend the information and her thoughts about it into something that sits on you and resonates for days afterwards. I read because I want to see how she does it. I am always floored by the way she mixes deep thoughts with levity. I am not disappointed when I reach page 77 and find: When I get to page I am smitten again. Especially in the section called NOW: You can live as a particle crashing about and colliding in a welter of materials with God, or you can live as a particle crashing about colliding in a welter of materials without God.

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But you cannot live outside the welter of colliding materials. She reminds us of our mortality, and how difficult it is for us to accept it, and in her usual curiosity, offers questions for everyone, for herself, for God. Stories, quotations, experiences, ideas build until you get the connections, or at least keep thinking. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I've been procrastinating the review of this book, not because I didn't like it but rather because I enjoyed this marvelous work so much that I knew I couldn't do it justice.

Truly, I've never read anything quite like it. For The Time Being is educational, interesting, and quite thought-provoking. Auden Books by W.

A Tale for the Time Being Reader’s Guide

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Views Read Edit View history. Languages Svenska Edit links. This page was last edited on 2 June , at Due to the geographic seclusion and rural nature of her home, Ruth feels isolated from the rest of the world in her environment.

She feels a strong connection to Nao, and yearns to locate her in the real world in order to affirm her wellbeing. Ruth succeeds in finding several traces of Nao's father and great-grandmother online; however, her efforts to do so are continually thwarted. These attempts eventually culminate in a curious convergence between the two worlds. In the s and s, many assimilation and immigration narratives had been published within the canon of Asian American women's literature; one example of such a novel is Jasmine. Ozeki's novel, however, marks the emergence of new genre of narratives: There are several strong parallels between Ruth and Nao; Ruth is also Japanese-American, and she similarly feels isolated in her environment.

Initially, Ozeki imbues Nao with the role of writer, and Ruth with the role of reader. Nao writes in the first-person, and is an unreliable narrator, whereas Ruth's third-person narration is much more controlled in form.

From the reader's point of view, Nao is more of an obscure figure, and exists partially in the imagination, whereas Ruth is associated with reality — at least within the world of the novel. However, the boundaries separating these categories become blurred within the novel. Nao is also a reader, as she reads her great-uncles letters, and Ruth's profession is as a writer.

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In addition, Oliver muses over the idea that the disappearance of words in Nao's narrative also "calls our existence into question, too" and that if Nao "stops writing to us, then maybe we stop being, too. Not only is multiplicity conveyed through the slippages between reader and writer that Ozeki creates, it is also illustrated when the multiplicity of the "you" that Nao is addressing becomes apparent. Although at the beginning of the text, readers believe that Nao is speaking to them, they later realize — as Ruth's sections unfold — that Nao is also speaking to Ruth and Oliver.

However, the unification of the beginning and the ending of the novel in the epigraph — where Ruth responds directly to Nao, and tells her that she is, indeed, sitting with a cat on her lap — suggests that the "you" that Nao was speaking to was Ruth. Thus, "you" can simultaneously be as specific as one person and as broad as multiple people.

These ideas are enacted in form and on the metacognitive level, through the slippages that Ozeki creates between the Nao's world, Ruth's world, and the world of readers. Ruth intervenes in Nao's narrative through her footnotes on Nao's diary, whereas Ozeki intervenes in Ruth's narrative by providing readers with context that does not serve to advance the plot - albeit placed directly in the middle of the narrative.