A Tale for the Time Being

“For the time being
Words scatter
Are they fallen leaves?”

-Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is a meditation on how time passes and how we live as it does.

Ruth, a Japanese-American novelist living in the coast of British Columbia, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox on the shore containing letters and a diary. The diary tells the story of a sixteen year-old girl called Nao Yasutani. The two protagonists lived in a different place and time, yet they find themselves connected. Their fate bound.

Ruth Ozeki’s writing style captivates readers with its subtle beauty and authenticity. While reading the novel, there are times that I would forget I’m reading a fictional work. Ozeki deeply delves into big themes, such as life and death, without the narrative being tawdry. She lets the emotion of the story speaks for itself. And it tells the readers one thing: A Tale for the Time Being is a literary masterpiece.

Rating : 4/4

***Post not sponsored. All opinions my own.

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