A Tale for the Time Being — Book Review

Blog Post #171

“Time itself is being, and all being is time … In essence, everything in the entire universe is intimately linked with each other as moments in time, continuous and separate.”

― Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being



A Tale for the Time Being has many “beings” — it is a metaphysical story, a coming-of-age tale, and a mystery. It is tragic, magical, quirky and historical.

I loved it.

As I was reading this book, I found myself really thinking about time, geography and connections. I questioned my idea of how time works — are there different ways of experiencing time, is time malleable, fluid? What is the connection between author and reader? Can either or both influence the shared events that happen across time and space. How and where does technology fit into our perceptions and experiences of time. Can time slow, come to a stand still? These and many other questions passed across my mind.

The novel is poetic and beautifully written with strong, genuine characters that I really cared about. The story and themes were enticing and thought-provoking. The history and science added another dimension to this book.

I enjoyed the historical facts that were expertly woven through the novel (I even read the footnotes that translated key Japanese words and phrases — something I NEVER do!) I loved the flow and writing style of the book. I was delighted with the mystical nuances that floated throughout the pages.

This title is on my Top TEN Must Read List and I plan on reading it again as I believe it has infinite possibilities, ideas and insights.

“Even the snap of a finger, he says, provides us with sixty-five opportunities to wake up and to choose actions that will produce beneficial karma and turn our lives around.”

― Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being








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