le 17 juillet 2015
Visitez l' univers de Ruth Ozeki, qui transporte et transforme le lecteur . Ses livres sont tres differents, mais ils ont tous une belle musique interne, qui fait que le lecteur se sent mieux au final. L' inspiration japonaise est forte, mais elle passe maintenant derriere celle des iles magiques du Pacifique canadien. L' auteur construit livre par livre un pont entre les cultures, un tres beau travail. A lire sans moderation.
le 22 mars 2016
The first part of the book is the best. Ironically, the two main characters who live in parallel worlds, Ruth on a desolate island off of British Columbia, middle-aged at least, and Nao (now) , who lives in Tokyo, seem closest at the beginning. It is best not to say how they "meet" which is plausible,but meet they do. Nao is a Japanese teenager who used to live in Silicon Valley as a child with her parents. Her father worked there as an IT specialist but is fired so the family has to return to Japan. Ruth is half-Japanese herself so that gives her an advantage in understanding Nao.
The themes evoked in the novel (unemployment in Japan, the humiliation of both Nao and her father when they don't succeed in Japan, Nao's revolt against this new country for her, the terrible bullying she goes through at school) are relayed in excellent writing. You can feel her utter and total loneliness which is only heard by Ruth. Then she meets her great-grandmother on her father's side who is 104 years old and who is a Buddhist nun. Nao learns how to control her emotions through this great-grandmother by adopting some Buddhist traditions to her everyday life and by learning a family secret.
The Buddhist section was most interesting, but the end of the book veers off course when it tries to explain quantum physics to the reader. Some of that should have been edited - some quantum physics but here there are about thirty too many pages. In sum, a well-written book about two women living in different times and places and cultures but which I found myself putting down to digest all the information which was sometimes necessary to keep the story moving and for an American or Westerner to understand. I hope to read other books by this author. PS: the theme of death and the difference between different cultures dealing with it was also extremely interesting and totally belonged to the story unlike the way too long debates among scientists about quantum physics which could have been explained in a page.
le 17 février 2014
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