A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

A Zen novel about quantum mechanics, travelling across time, experience, geographical locations, and a whole range of ethical questions which will make you pause for thought more than once. If only so that you can be sure that you understand what is going on. But if you stick with this story, you will learn something about the world in which you live, and the possibilities that may arise from the decisions that you take on a daily basis.

Extract

The more I thought about it, the better my idea seemed, and before I knew it the words were falling out of my mouth. Please Granny, I said, I'm serious. He needs help! And then I told her all about the night he fell in front of the train, and how he and Mom were pretending it was an accident, but it wasn't; and about how he never left the apartment during the day, but went out late at night and stayed out for hours and hours, and I knew because I stayed up and listened for him because I was afraid he wouldn't come back.

Parallels
  • The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway
  • Joseph's Box by Suhayl Saadi
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke