A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Where was this book read? In bed with a homemade latte, on the bus with a mug full of drip, and late at night on the couch with a cup of tea. 

Where did this book come from? Elliot Bay Books in Seattle, WA

The Specs: fiction, quantum physics, Japanese culture, the Pacific Northwest,  crows, suicide, Zen Philosophy meets Proust, and the wonder of human connection through space and time. 


“Information is a lot like water; it's hard to hold on to, and hard to keep from leaking away.”

“Do not think that time simply flies away. Do not understand “flying” as the only function of time. If time simply flew away, a separation would exist between you and time. So if you understand time as only passing, then you do not understand the time being. To grasp this truly, every being that exists in the entire world is linked together as moments in time, and at the same time they exist as individual moments of time. Because all moments are the time being, they are your time being.” 

“Jiko: "Surfer, wave, same thing."

"That's just stupid, " I said. " A surfer's a person. A wave is a wave. How can they be the same?"

Jiko looked out across the ocean to where the water met the sky. "A wave is born from deep conditions of the ocean. A person is born from deep conditions of the world. A person pokes up from the world and rolls along like a wave, until it is time to sink down again. Up, down. Person, wave.” 

An interesting quote about creating a stain of your being on the internet, touching on the questions we all have when we click "share" or "post:" Will anybody care? Does anyone notice me?

“It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit. And when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting to their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.” 

 How important is it that I read this book? Quite important. So important. Please read it. 

Buy it or Borrow it? In the words of Jiko (the Buddhist nun in this novel) "buy, borrow, same thing." Read the book and then you'll get it.