A Tale for the Time Being Reviews
"Starred Review. Magnificent ...The novel's seamless web of language, metaphor, and meaning can't be disentangled from its powerful emotional impact: These are characters we care for deeply, imparting vital life lessons through the magic of storytelling. A masterpiece, pure and simple." - Kirkus
"Ozeki's absorbing novel is an extended meditation on writing, time, and people in time... This tale from Ozeki, a Zen Buddhist priest, is sure to please anyone who values a good story broadened with intellectual vigor." - Publishers Weekly
"Remarkable ... A highly unusual and rewarding novel that covers a vast scope of often disturbing subjects with great humanity and continually loops back to the ever human dilemma of how to live through difficult times." - The Bookseller
"An extraordinary novel about a courageous young woman, riven by loneliness, by time, and (ultimately) by tsunami. Nao is an inspired narrator and her quest to tell her great grandmother's story, to connect with her past and with the larger world is both aching and true. Ozeki is one of my favorite novelists and here she is at her absolute best- bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page." - Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of This Is How You Lose Her
"A Tale for the Time Being is a timeless story. Ruth Ozeki beautifully renders not only the devastation of the collision between man and the natural world, but also its often miraculous results." - Alice Sebold, bestselling author of The Lovely Bones
"Ingenious and touching...I read it with great pleasure." -Philip Pullman, award-winning author of The Golden Compass
"One of the most deeply moving and thought-provoking novels I have read in a long time. In precise and luminous prose, Ozeki captures both the sweep and detail of our shared humanity. The result is gripping, fearless, inspiring and true." -Madeline Miller, author of the Orange Prize winner The Song of Achilles
A Tale for the Time Being is equal parts mystery and meditation. The mystery is a compulsive, gritty page-turner. The meditation- on time and memory, on the oceanic movement of history, on impermanence and uncertainty, but also resilience and bravery - is deep and gorgeous and wise. A completely satisfying, continually surprising, wholly remarkable achievement." - Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club
"A great achievement, and the work of a writer at the height of her powers. Ruth Ozeki has not only reinvigorated the novel itself, the form, but she's given us the tried and true, deep and essential pleasure of characters we love and who matter." - Jane Hamilton, bestselling author of A Map of the World
"Profoundly original, with authentic, touching characters and grand, encompassing themes, Ruth Ozeki's novel proves that truly great stories- like this one- can both deepen our understanding of self and remind us of our shared humanity." - Deborah Harkness, bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night
"I've long been an admirer of Ruth Ozeki's work, and her exquisite, richly textured novel, A Tale for the Time Being, marks the stunning return of a writer at the height of her powers. Seamlessly weaving together tales of the past and present that are equally magical and heartbreaking, she transports us to the worlds of Nao and Jiko, in Japan, and Ruth, on a remote island in British Columbia, where their worlds collide as they reach across time to find the meaning of life and home...A wise and wonderfully inventive story that will resonate through time." -Gail Tsukiyama, bestselling author of The Samurai's Garden
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