Friday, November 15, 2013

Inner Beauty Friday - Book Club!


Once again it is Friday and time for Book Club, so I am linking up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blonde.

This week I read "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

Here's the synopsis from "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 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 a 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 humour 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."

My thoughts:  I really, really enjoyed this book.  Its one of the few good books I have read in a while.  I like the split story and all the fun Japanese cultural references.  There were about 10 pages towards the end of the story that got into quantum physics and the story was like WHAT?!? for a minute and it almost ruined it for me.  But in the end the whole of the book made up for weirdness.

Have you ever read a book with a little bit twist that was confusing?



  1. This sounds really interesting, aside from the physics part :P Stuff like that tends to just lose me altogether!!

  2. I don't know that I've seen this one before,but after your review I'm awfully intrigued.