A Tale for the Time BeingBook - 2013
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Join the discussion on January 21, 2017. 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 Canadian writer gets drawn into a mystery when she finds a suicidal Japanese schoolgirl's diary that has washed up on the shore. This is fascinating, with an interesting structure and a perspective on Japanese history I'd never experienced in a book before.
multcolib_alisonk May 02, 2014
A woman in B.C. discovers a Japanese girl's diary washed up on the beach, and gets drawn into the story of the girl's life.
multcolib_darceem May 01, 2014
Ruth, a writer living in British Columbia, finds a collection of materials washed up on the beach. Inside is the diary of a Japanese teenager, who, believing suicide is the only relief for her teenage angst, is determined, before she commits that final act, to write down the story of her great-gr... Read More »
multcolib_alisonk Apr 30, 2014
In Tokyo, sixteen-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 ... Read More »
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“..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 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.”
Print is predictable and impersonal, conveying information in a mechanical transaction with the reader's eye. Handwriting, by contrast, resists the eye, reveals it's meaning slowly, and is as intimate as skin.
From Le temps retrouve (Time Regained) by Marcel Proust, as quoted in A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki:
"In reality, every reader, while he is reading, is the reader of his own self. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument, which he offers to the reader to permit him to discern what, without the book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. The reader's recognition in his own self of what the book says is the proof of its truth."
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A Canadian writer finds a freezer bag containing a young Japanese girl's diary which might have washed across the Pacific after the tsunami. The chapters go back and forth between the writer and the diary pages, keeping you enthralled and wondering if you will ever know what became of her. Fascinating!
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