Guest Book Review: Thoughts from Louise Robbins
I have just finished reading the BIG READ book: Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being.
Me: "I'm finished. I'm sad."
Patrick Robbins: "Did it have a sad ending?"
Me: "No. I'm sad there is no more to read."
It’s a wonderful book with too many discussable themes to count. Off the top of my head: the environment; technology and its uses; zen Buddhism; war; bullying; the aesthetics and ethics of suicide; being and time; history and memory; mutual construction of the writer and the reader. And none of these weighty themes are pounded or expounded to oblivion. The characters—and the settings—grabbed me and kept me spellbound. I found myself torn between jotting notes in the margin and rushing headlong to the next page. The next page won. I'm going to read it again.
A Tale for the Time Being joins two other books of the last ten years on my list of favorites: The Poisonwood Bible and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
School of Library and Information Studies
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