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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

8/20, 阅读计划 2014 - A Tale for the Time Being ~ Ruth Ozeki

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”

the hello kitty lunchbox. the dairy of the 16yo Japanese Nao. Ruth, the writer for finds the lunchbox. the 104yo Zen nun. Nao being bullied in school, the bullying described in the book is awfully brutal, not so much in the physical sense but emotionally. Haruki #1, the kamikaze pilot. Haruki #2, the depressed dad who lost his job in silicon valley, for noble conflicting reasons that are unknown the daughter.

love this book. it's not a fast paced book by any means but it kept me going. i want to find out more about "Nao" as much as the writer in the book.

there's a passage in the book talking about suicide, from the perspective of a depressed Japanese man.

"Death is certain. Life is always changing, like a puff of wind in the air,  or a wave in the sea, or even a thought in the mind. So making a suicide is finding the edge of life. It stops life in time, so we can grasp what shape it is  and feel it is real, at least for just a moment. it is trying to make some real solid thing from the flow of life that is always changing."

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