A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Introduced by Michael Adams
This book, spanning a multitude of times and countries, is a stunning read that will take you on an emotional journey of empowerment, love, tears and discovery. With its gorgeous prose that entice you as the reader to red on, and a beautiful but haunting plot that will stay with you for a while after you’ve read the last page, this book is not to be missed.
The book follows the story of Ruth, a struggling writer in rural Canada, and Nao, a lonely teenage girl in Japan.
When Ruth finds a Hello Kitty lunch-box washed up in the sure containing a diary, she is curious, and after she reads the first page she feels a personal connection to it’s writer, and is forced to read on.
Nao is at a very hard time in her life. Dealing with bullying, a scarred home-life and a mysterious family past that she is desperate to discover, she is in need of an outlet for all her feelings. Feeling like she has no one to confide in, she writes her feelings and her story down into a secret book, intending it to be found by someone who will read and understand her words.
Soon enough, the lives of the writer and reader become intertwined, and much more than any of them were ever expecting.
The book covers a variety of subjects. From mental health to Buddhism and quantum physics, this book is not at all exclusive in its subject matter. It will change your outlook of the world, and open up your mind. It is also a great read for those who want to understand more about Japanese culture. I’m sure that if you read or listen to it, you will be entranced by Nao’s and Ruth’s lives as I was, and that you will think about it long after the book is done.
Michael Adams is a student at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford. He is an avid reader