I finally have access to my account and to a working computer! I haven’t been posting anything because I forgot my password for a while and my computer decided to stop working. Anyway… a while ago I finished A Tale for the Time Being and I loved it.
This book was written from two different points of views and although it was a little confusing at first, it worked. There are many books with multiple view points and there are many that don’t really work in terms of clarity. But this one was able to pull it off nicely and actually kept me hanging on until the end. The characters were all great and I was able to relate to them all even if it was only a little bit.
Ruth’s character was probably the most developed character in the book. Even though the book is mostly about Nao and her life and how she wants to do right by her grandma by writing down her grandma’s life story, RUth was the only one who we really got to get into. Nao’s life was pretty awful and I am amazed that she was able to do the things that she did with the strength and will that she had. Definitely not for the faint of heart though.
I think what has stayed with me the most was the ending. I loved how it was left a little open so that there is room for the imagination to figure out what happened. You can kinda make up your own ending on what happened. I want to say that they finally met each other and they had their own friendship from it, but who knows.
I recommend this one to anyone who can handle some disturbing scenes. Like I said, Nao has a really rough life and she goes into detail about her father’s attempted suicide and what she went through for school. Not exactly the easiest thing to read for everyone. So if you can stomach some pretty gnarly scenes then I would recommend it to you. I thought it was a great read.