So it may be a week later than planned, but it's finally here! The Blogger Book Club chat all about Ruth Ozeki's A Tale For The Time Being.
Firstly, I really hope you all enjoyed the book!? I honestly had no idea what to expect when I started reading it- I knew that it would be told from two different perspectives which were kind of closely interwoven, but other than that? Nada. Zip. I managed to resist reading spoilers on Wikipedia (a terrible habit I have for TV series, actually) so I went the whole way through the book without any idea of what was going to happen.
Personally, I really liked this book. The fact it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 made me feel intelligent (I think they only tend to shortlist intelligent books, right!?), and I like books which are told from a variety of perspectives- Game of Thrones, The Time Traveler's Wife, Jodi Picoult books all do it for me. I didn't think it was too difficult to keep up with the jumps either, though I did find that sometimes things were a little too convenient- for example, when Ruth was wondering about Nao's family, only for the next Nao chapter to start with her family tree. Though I suppose having made it to the end of the book, that kind of makes sense too. I also really enjoyed the slightly mystical element to the story. Like Ruth, I certainly forgot that Nao wasn't writing at the same time that Ruth was reading.
And I liked how it could have been a true story- because I suppose a lot of books are like that, aren't they? Thinly veiled autobiographies, or the stories we wish had happened to us. I liked that Ruth Ozeki was really up front about this.
SO. Now I've rambled a little bit about my thoughts on the book, it's over to you. What did you like about the book? Was there anything you didn't like about it? Which part of the narrative did you like better- Nao, or Ruth? And most importantly- how do you think the diary got to Ruth? Somehow, I don't think it would have been just washed away in the tsunami- it was too carefully packed. I personally think Nao threw it into the sea- whether in Japan or Canada though, I don't know.
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