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A Tale For The Time Being [Anglais] [Broché]

Ruth L. Ozeki
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“An exquisite novel: funny, tragic, hard-edged and ethereal at once.”
—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“As contemporary as a Japanese teenager’s slang but as ageless as a Zen koan, Ruth Ozeki’s new novel combines great storytelling with a probing investigation into the purpose of existence. . . . She plunges us into a tantalizing narration that brandishes mysteries to be solved and ideas to be explored. . . . Ozeki’s profound affection for her characters makes A Tale for the Time Being as emotionally engaging as it is intellectually provocative.”
—The Washington Post

“A delightful yet sometimes harrowing novel . . . Many of the elements of Nao’s story—schoolgirl bullying, unemployed suicidal ‘salarymen,’ kamikaze pilots—are among a Western reader’s most familiar images of Japan, but in Nao’s telling, refracted through Ruth’s musings, they become fresh and immediate, occasionally searingly painful. Ozeki takes on big themes . . . all drawn into the stories of two ‘time beings,’ Ruth and Nao, whose own fates are inextricably bound.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Sixteen-year-old schoolgirl Nao Yasutani’s voice is the heart and soul of this very satisfying book. . . . The contemporary Japanese style and use of magical realism are reminiscent of author Haruki Murakami.”
—USA Today

“A terrific novel full of breakthroughs both personal and literary. . . . Ozeki revels in Tokyo teen culture—this goes far beyond Hello Kitty—and explores quantum physics, military applications of computer video games, Internet bullying, and Marcel Proust, all while creating a vulnerable and unique voice for the sixteen-year-old girl at its center. . . . Ozeki has produced a dazzling and humorous work of literary origami. . . . Nao’s voice—funny, profane and deep—is stirring and unforgettable as she ponders the meaning of her life.”
—The Seattle Times

“Beautifully written, intensely readable and richly layered . . . one of the best books of the year so far.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Masterfully woven . . . Entwining Japanese language with WWII history, pop culture with Proust, Zen with quantum mechanics, Ozeki alternates between the voices of two women to produce a spellbinding tale.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Forget the proverbial message in a bottle: This Tale fractures clichés as it affirms the lifesaving power of words. . . . As Ozeki explores the ties between reader and writer, she offers a lesson in redemption that reinforces the pricelessness of the here and now.”
—Elle

“A powerful yarn of fate and parallel lives.”
—Good Housekeeping

“Ozeki weaves together Nao’s adolescent yearnings with Ruth’s contemplative digressions, adding bits of Zen wisdom, as well as questions about agency, creativity, life, death, and human connections along the way. A Tale for the Time Being is a dreamy, spiritual investigation of how to gracefully meet the waves of time, which, in the end, come for us all.”
—The Daily Beast

“As we read Nao’s story and the story of Ozeki’s reading of it, as we go back and forth between the text and the notes, time expands for us. It opens up onto something resembling narrative eternity . . . page after page, slowly unfolding. And what a beautiful effect that is for a novel to create.”
—Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered

“Superb . . . her best and most adventurous novel to date . . . likely to leave readers feeling its emotional impact for a long time to come.”
—BookPage

“Magnificent . . . brings together a Japanese girl’s diary and a transplanted American novelist to meditate on everything from bullying to the nature of conscience and the meaning of life. . . . 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 Reviews (starred review)

“An intriguing, even beautiful narrative remarkable for its unusual but attentively structured plot. . . . We go from one story line to the other, back and forth across the Pacific, but the reader never loses place or interest.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Ozeki’s absorbing novel is an extended meditation on writing, time, and people in time. . . . The characters’ lives are finely drawn, from Ruth’s rustic lifestyle to the Yasutani family’s straitened existence after moving from Sunnyvale, California, to Tokyo. Nao’s winsome voice contrasts with Ruth’s intellectual ponderings to make up a lyrical disquisition on writing’s power to transcend time and place. This tale from Ozeki, a Zen Buddhist priest, is sure to please anyone who values a good story broadened with intellectual vigor.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“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 beautifully interwoven novel about magic and loss and the incomprehensible threads that connect our lives. I loved it.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

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
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Présentation de l'éditeur

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

“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.

Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 432 pages
  • Editeur : Canongate Books Ltd (11 mars 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0857867970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857867971
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,4 x 12,6 x 2,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très original 17 février 2014
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Ce livre est très agréable à lire. L'idée es très originale et poétique. L'auteur, une adepte du zen, introduit des philosophes beaucoup plus difficiles à pénétrer comme Dogen Zenji, le fondateur du zen soto au Japon. Mais c'est fait sans pédantrie
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Tsunami et Fukushima vus de la baie de Vancouver 7 novembre 2013
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lecture agréable, j'ai aimé l'atmosphère de cette île, ses habitants aussi. L'histoire elle même est intéressante, mais quand même très proche de Murakami. Si on n'a pas lu Murakami et qu'on est profondément écolo on doit pouvoir pousser à une étoile de plus.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intricately layered. This is going to be one of the best releases of the year! 12 mars 2013
Par Monika - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's not often a book gets me excited about reading it as soon as I open it, but that's what happened with A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Right away, in the first few pages, readers are treated to a unique, young voice. Naoko is contemplative, wiser than she realizes, and speaks without tempering her words. She displays a very stark self-awareness which often caused me to catch my breath.

This novel has so many intricate layers, I know I can't do it justice in this review. A colleague of mine once told me he always loves listening to, performing, and conducting Beethoven's 5th Symphony, even though he's done so countless times. For him, it never gets old or stale. He always hears something new, notices something that gives it even more depth and meaning. I can imagine reading A Tale for the Time Being again and again and having this same reaction.

In a way, I think Naoko exemplifies the complexity and full freedom of religion in modern Japanese culture. She isn't overtly religious, but she is very open-minded, which allows her to pull the truths and strength she desperately needs. Naoko's time with her great-grandmother Jiko is profoundly beautiful, and the descriptions of Buddhist traditions and ceremonies are absolutely breathtaking.

Ruth says she "wanted to read at the same rate [Naoko] had lived" and at times found it difficult to resist the temptation to quickly devour the entire story. I definitely shared that feeling! I found myself getting impatient during the scenes with Ruth and Oliver. I just wanted Ruth to get back to reading Naoko's diary. I had to know what happened next!

A Tale for the Time Being will appeal to those who enjoy contemporary fiction, those who enjoy a bit of the fantastic with some magical realism, those who like their fiction to be intertwined with science, philosophy, history, and politics. Marcel Proust is quoted in the book: "Every reader, while he is reading, is the reader of his own self." Ozeki explores some thought-provoking angles concerning the importance of the reader to a novel. This novel challenged and stretched my thinking, and I always appreciate that.

This was my first time reading any of Ozeki's books, and I am left with the compulsion to go buy everything she's written. I am certain this novel is going to end up listed as one of the best releases of the year.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful, exquisite, delightful! 18 mars 2013
Par Caroline Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was a wonderful book. It was multilayered, moving back and forth between the experience of a young girl in Japan and a woman living in Canada. The story explored themes of Zen Buddhism, quantum physics, animal spirits and totems, the effects of the tsunami in Japan, bullying, mental illness and suicide, and moral choices during wartime. All of these weighty themes are combined in a very enjoyable, seamless way. I couldn't put the book down. It has an uplifting, hopeful ending. It is whimsical, graceful and smart. The author has given a wonderful gift to the world. Thank you! This is the first review I have ever written for Amazon, and the reason is that I enjoyed the book so much. I would highly recommend this novel!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow-moving existential angst... 10 octobre 2013
Par FictionFan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Shortlisted for the 2013 Booker, this tells two intertwined tales - of Nao, a Japanese schoolgirl, and of Ruth, a Canadian author of Japanese heritage. Ruth has found Nao's journal washed up on the shore and begins to obsess about finding out whether the people and events Nao discusses are true. Nao's story is of a young girl who has lived most of her life in California but has now returned to Japan and we see the society through her eyes.

Nao's story is interesting, if bleak. Having been brought up in California, Nao is seen as an outsider by her classmates on her return to Japan. We learn of the extreme bullying she is both subjected to and participates in at school, leading her to drop out. Meantime, her suicidal father is making repeated failed attempts to end his own life, leading Nao to harbour suicidal thoughts of her own. In an effort to break this cycle, her parents send her to spend the summer with her old great-grandmother, a Zen nun, who rapidly becomes Nao's sole support and spiritual guide. While here, Nao learns the story of her great-uncle, a war-hero who died during WWII.

Ruth's story is a dull distraction. Ruth is a writer, struggling with long-term writers block, giving Ozeki the opportunity to tell the reader, at length, how very, very tough life is for writers - even one who lives in fairly idyllic surroundings with no apparent real health or money worries and with a partner who loves and supports her. She is also in a perpetual state of existential angst and this part of the novel merely serves to interrupt and slow to a crawl the telling of Nao's tale. And to make matters worse, Ozeki introduces a quasi-mystical, quasi-quantum-mechanical element into Ruth's part that turns Nao's believable and often moving story into some kind of mystical fantasy in the end. The underlying questions that are being examined - of identity and the nature of time - are addressed with a subtlety in Nao's story that is almost destroyed by the clumsy handling of Ruth's portion of the book.

The writing is skilful and confident for the most part and, when telling a plain tale, Ozeki writes movingly and often beautifully. Unfortunately she has attempted to be too clever in this, not just with the supernatural nonsense, but with the whole conceit of Ruth translating Nao's diary as we go along. This leads to lots of unnecessary footnotes, silly little drawings and playing with fonts, all of which merely serve to distract from the story. Ruth will translate a sentence except for one or two words, which she leaves as Japanese in the main body of the text, and then gives the translation a footnote - why? It would be understandable if she only did this with concepts which may be unfamiliar to a Western audience, but she does it for normal words - like leaving in 'zangyo' and telling us in a footnote that this means 'overtime'. The flow of reading is constantly interrupted by the need to check the bottom of the page to find out what the sentence means.

While sometimes telling a story from different points of views adds depth, in this case unfortunately the contrast serves only to weaken the thrust and impact of the main story. Had this been a plainer telling of Nao's story alone, it would probably have got top rating from me, and overall there is enough talent on display here to mean that I may look out for more of Ozeki's work, keeping my fingers crossed she finds a way to end future books without resorting to the fantastical. But, for me, it's hard to see how this could stand in contention with either of the other Booker nominees I've read this year - Harvest or Testament of Mary. Of course, that probably means it will win...

NB This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine UK.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's a pleasure to read a book that dares to think big 21 mars 2013
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If you were to ask a Japanese person who is neither a bird lover nor an ornithologist, he or she would probably tell you that the Jungle Crow is a nuisance. As a character explains in A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING, Ruth Ozeki's new novel, these crows rip open garbage bags, eat kittens and use coat hangers to make nests on utility poles, which causes power outages. According to Japanese mythology, however, the Jungle Crow is a messenger of the gods. The inevitable clash of myth and reality is one of the themes of this novel, a challenging work that combines folklore, the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and, of all things, quantum physics and the paradox of Schrödinger's cat.

In the present day, a novelist named Ruth, who, like Ruth Ozeki, lives in British Columbia, discovers a plastic bag on the beach. The bag contains a Hello Kitty lunchbox with three items inside: a stack of handwritten letters, an antique wristwatch, and a diary, a "pudgy bound book with a faded red cover." The handwriting in the diary is in purple gel ink --- the handwriting, Ruth assumes correctly, of a young girl.

Nao, the young girl, is 16 when she writes the diary in 2001. On the first page, she tells us that we are reading "the diary of my last days on earth." Nao grew up in Sunnyvale, California, but when her father gets laid off from his job as a games developer during the dot-com era, she moves to Japan with her family. The transition to Japanese life is difficult. Classmates make fun of her. She is the target of an especially cruel form of ijime (bullying), with classmates jabbing and punching her so hard that the attacks leave cuts and bruises all over her body.

When Nao's jobless father isn't feeding crows in the park, he resorts to off-track betting in a failed attempt to make money. Instead, he loses the family's finances and tries to kill himself by jumping in front of a train. While her father recuperates, Nao is sent for the summer to the temple where Jiko, her 104-year-old great-grandmother, lives. The original plan is to chronicle Jiko's life in her journal, but instead Nao writes mostly about school and family struggles and her desire to commit suicide.

Ruth is fascinated by Nao's diary. A former New Yorker now living with her eco-artist husband, Oliver, on an island in Desolation Sound, Ruth is having trouble writing a memoir. She and Oliver wonder how the diary wound up on the shores of British Columbia. They suspect that the 2011 tsunami brought it across the Pacific. Ruth becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Nao and her family. As she conducts her investigations, she and Oliver notice the sudden appearances of a Jungle Crow they hadn't seen before. Muriel, an anthropologist friend, speculates that this could be a Grandmother Crow --- a magical ancestor that can shape-shift and assume animal or human form. Ruth dismisses the suggestion, yet the crow becomes a more frequent presence as Ruth makes inquiries into Nao's life.

At times, particularly in the first half of the book, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING could have benefited from more editing. Simple activities that could be described in a few words go on for a paragraph or more. One wonders if Ozeki and her editor rushed to get the novel out in time for the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami. And Ozeki occasionally strains for profundity, as when Oliver introduces the paradox of Schrödinger's cat to explain the confluence of worlds and the quantum theory that everything that's possible will one day happen.

But Ozeki deserves praise for tackling subjects few novelists ever would have broached. A 750-word review can't do justice to the many big ideas and lovely moments in this book. There's a beautiful scene in which Nao and her father watch the footage of the September 11th attacks. Later, in a harrowing episode at school, Nao is the victim of a prank that Ozeki describes in exquisite, if painful, detail. The conversations between Nao and Jiko are smart and moving. In an era when American novels rarely have the courage to address large themes, it's a pleasure to read a book that dares to think big.

Reviewed by Michael Magras
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Blown Away 12 mars 2013
Par Rufi Cole - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book surprised me. It was so much better than I thought it could be, and even better than the first twenty pages promised. In fact, every fifty pages, the book seemed to get impossibly better, deeper, receding before my imagination and becoming a vast and unexplored planet of possible meanings. I haven't been this excited to read a new author since I first discovered Murakami, but Ozeki has something that Murakami doesn't. Her characters are both real AND fantastical, which gives her book a different kind of weight than a Murakami novel.

There are also some powerful ideas in this book, from both the tradition of Japanese Buddhism as well as particle physics, that make it not only a stimulating read, but possibly a life changing or at least a mind expanding one. The author has the fastidiousness of a scholar, which was a great relief in this world of endless quantum physics abuse. But she also has a subtle mind-- which is rarer today than brilliance and perhaps more valuable. (I'm not saying she isn't brilliant either-- she's a brilliant novelist with penetrating insight. I'm just saying her intellectual style isn't flashy.)

I think the greatest thing to me about this book was that it caused me to think about women in a new way. The book is not overtly interested in feminism, which is to say it doesn't engage in any rhetoric regarding the rights or civil liberties of women, and yet it is profoundly empowering and examines women in ways I think are actually new and powerful. Even so, and despite the two female protagonists, this book is by no means "for women"-- my husband was hooked within the first five pages and then couldn't put it down.

All in all, this book blew me away. If you are a woman, read this book. If you love Japanese fiction like Murakami or Banana Yoshimoto, buy this book. If you love to suddenly erupt with laughter on the toilet from reading a novel so that your husband worriedly asks through the door if everything is alright, buy this book. If you just love good fiction, buy this book.
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