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Geschichte für einen Augenblick: Roman

von Ruth Ozeki

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3,4652192,853 (4.05)1 / 348
"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." 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 will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.… (mehr)
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A Tale for the Time Being is a very positive story. Not that it's all rainbows and unicorns, but it explores how people are unknowingly connected across space, time, and maybe even in ways that cannot be explained. My only gripe is that the main mystery remains unsolved, and other problems are unresolved. But then again, I'm the type of person that prefers all loose threads to be tied up neatly at the end.

If you enjoy David Mitchell's work, especially [b:Cloud Atlas|49628|Cloud Atlas|David Mitchell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406383769s/49628.jpg|1871423] or [b:Ghostwritten|6819|Ghostwritten|David Mitchell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320415093s/6819.jpg|1094555], read this. I would also recommend it to people who like the magical realism of [a:Haruki Murakami|3354|Haruki Murakami|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1350230608p2/3354.jpg] or the directness of [a:Margaret Atwood|3472|Margaret Atwood|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1282859073p2/3472.jpg].

Finally, this book is also a good crash-course on modern Japanese culture, Zen buddhism, and quantum physics, if you are into that sort of thing. ( )
  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
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  ntwillow | Aug 17, 2021 |
Sharon Rudnick and Patty Page and Jenny Hughes rec. Didn't read it quickly or steadily, but still less than enthralled with it. Nice story, OK writing (clear rather than beautiful prose), but felt small. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Difficult to read and feel empathy for the characters, except for the grandmother nun. She was inspiring. If you have something better to do, do it to spend your time being happy. ( )
  Katyefk | Aug 8, 2021 |
What seems to be a Tokyo teenager's diary washes ashore in British Columbia, carried by what might be the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Ozeki's narrative alternates entries from Nao's junior-high journal with chapters in which Ruth, who discovers the book, translates the diary and tries to make sense of it all. Nao is bullied in school and has suicidal thoughts, but then again so does Dad, whose uncle was a kamikaze pilot. Nao tries to make sense of her situation with help from great-grandma Jiko, a Buddhist nun with a Mr. Miyagi teaching style straight from "The Karate Kid." There will be a resolution, but for the time being the alternating voices of Nao and Ruth heighten the drama. Think of Paul Gonsalves' 27 tenor sax choruses at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival: Amplifying a brilliant performance in the Duke Ellington Orchestra were the "Ellington at Newport" recording -- imperfect, off-mike, with audience and peers loudly cheering him on -- and a growing legend of how the record revived Ellington's fortunes and how that genius moment in time may have sprung from Duke hazing a hungover employee by keeping him on the bandstand. Ruth and her neighbors are the Greek chorus of Nao's exploits; even footnotes in the diary purport to be Ruth's as she abandons her own writing to decipher Nao's message in a bottle. Real or fabulist? Of course it's all Ozeki's imagination, and she'll have her own zenlike resolution for whether Nao and Ruth are reliable narrators. Jiko's answer might be: fact, fiction, same thing.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
In clever and deeply affecting ways, Ruth Ozeki’s luminous new novel explores notions of duality, causation, honour, and time. ... Though [the character] Ruth is clearly intended as a semi-autobiographical portrait of the author, it’s the character of Nao, in all her angsty adolescent dismissiveness, that Ozeki truly pulls off (here’s an author who should be writing YA novels).
hinzugefügt von monnibo | bearbeitenQuill & Quire, Emily Donaldson (May 1, 2013)
 
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is expansive, provocative and sometimes rather confusing. But that’s okay. It’s supposed to be....It can leave you scratching your head – for starters, the main character of the novel seems to be Ruth Ozeki herself, or at least, a fairly obvious facsimile of her – but ultimately, the effect of such riddles is charming, earnest and very much a departure from your typical literary novel....Like them, Ozeki manages to turn existential conundrums into a playful, joyful and pleasantly mind-bending dialogue between reader and writer. Here’s hoping that this book will find its way to an audience just as excited to participate in it.
hinzugefügt von zhejw | bearbeitenGlobe and Mail, Lucy Silag (Mar 29, 2013)
 
"A Tale for the Time Being"... is an exquisite novel: funny, tragic, hard-edged and ethereal at once.

[It's] heady stuff, but it hangs together for a couple of reasons — the exuberance of Ozeki's writing, the engaging nature of her characters and, not least, her scrupulous insistence that it doesn't have to hang together, that even as she ties up loose ends, others come unbound.
hinzugefügt von zhejw | bearbeitenLos Angeles Times, David Ulin (Mar 21, 2013)
 
Seen from space, or from the vantage point of those conversant with Zen principles, A Tale for the Time Being is probably a deep and illuminating piece of work, with thoughtful things to say about the slipperiness of time. But for those positioned lower in the planet's stratosphere, Ozeki's novel often feels more like the great Pacific gyre it frequently evokes: a vast, churning basin of mental flotsam in which Schrödinger's cat, quantum mechanics, Japanese funeral rituals, crow species, fetish cafes, the anatomy of barnacles, 163 footnotes and six appendices all jostle for attention. It's an impressive amount of stuff.

One version of you might be intrigued. Another might pray it doesn't land on your shore.
hinzugefügt von zhejw | bearbeitenThe Guardian, Liz Jensen (Mar 15, 2013)
 
If you’re a fan of the metaphysician Martin Heidegger, or the physicist Erwin Schrödinger, you will be pleased at the novel’s tip of the hat to their abstruse notions of time and sub-atomic space. There’s even an appendix to the novel explaining the “thought experiment” known to the world as “Schrödinger’s cat...But the novel suffers from a tinge of self satisfaction. It pits sensitive souls like the involuntary kamikaze pilot who loves French literature against brutal army officers, and it’s not a fair fight. The fight becomes Us — readers who derive spiritual sustenance from Marcel Proust, and appreciate “the value of kindness, of education, of independent thinking and liberal ideals” — versus Them, who are sheer brutes.
 

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In de tijd, afdalen naar de bodem van de diepste zee,
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In de tijd, Jan en alleman,
In de tijd, de hele aarde en de eindeloze hemel.

- Dõgen Zenji, Bestaan in de tijd'
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"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." 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 will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

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