A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Review

A Tale for the Time Being - Review & book cover
A Tale for the Time Being – Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ruth, a novelist living on the tiny, rural island of Whaletown, Canada, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox wrapped in a plastic bag on the seashore. She dismisses it as garbage since the beach is often covered with trash and takes it home to dispose of it later.

However, her inquisitive husband, Oliver, opens it and finds a collection of handwritten letters, an antique wristwatch, and Marcel Proust’s novel À la recherche du temps perdu. Ruth is surprised to find that the novel conceals the diary of Nao, a sixteen-year-old Japanese girl. As she starts reading it, Nao’s story captivates her. Through this diary, Ruth finds herself connected to Nao in an unexpected way. 

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