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Book Title: A Tale for the Time Being|
The author of the book: Ruth Ozeki
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Reader ratings: 7.7
Edition: Text Publishing Company
Date of issue: 2013
ISBN 13: 9781921961403
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 999 KB
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Dammit this should have been at least a 4 star book!
Till about the second half of part 3, I was all set to give this rave reviews 'cause Nao's story was so compelling and well written plus there wasn't enough of Ruth's woeful tone to grate on the nerves. Then Ruth's dream sequence comes up and ugh it damn near ruins the bloody book. It's ridiculous! Some psychic, whimsical,
zen bullshit. It's not the spiritual realm that's the problem, it's the fact that it comes from almost nowhere and it sounds forced and ridiculous, very unlike Nao's meeting of her ancestors. How bad is it? At first I thought it was a joke within the book. Sadly it wasn't!
The reason it was going to get a great review was the fact that the Nao's sections were well written, dispensing a lot of cultural information without sounding like a lecture. Then the Ruth sections would pop up and it was like going from brilliance to silly trivialities in milliseconds. Kinda jarring and not in a good way. Never read a book that was so bipolar. Found Ruth self pitying and bloody boring. The worst parts were Ruth's dreams!!! Oh lord how annoying, how iffy and again how bloody irritatingly annoying.
Cut out all the Ruth sections and this would have been a much better book. I listened to this and every time Nao's part was over and Ruth's story came up, I groaned. Almost abandoned the book but Nao's story was compelling enough to hang on. Then the end starts drawing closer and I swear I have never been so close to chucking a book in disgust after investing so much time. The only hope was that the brilliance of the Nao sections would override the banality of the Ruth sections. Sadly this did not happen. Should have followed instinct to chuck the book. Definitely not worth the invested time.
On a good note the author reads the audiobook and does a pretty good job.
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Read information about the authorRuth Ozeki (born in New Haven, Connecticut) is a Japanese American novelist. She is the daughter of anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury.
Ozeki published her debut novel, My Year of Meats, in 1998. She followed up with All Over Creation in 2003. Her new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, was published on March 12, 2013.
She is married to Canadian land artist Oliver Kellhammer, and the couple divides their time between New York City and Vancouver.
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