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All Over Creation: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 30, 2004
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“Ozeki is one of my favorite novelists . . . bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page.”
—Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of This Is How You Lose Her
“In precise and luminous prose, Ozeki captures both the sweep and detail of our shared humanity. The result is gripping, fearless, inspiring and true.”
—Madeline Miller, author of the Orange Prize winner The Song of Achilles
“Ozeki is a gifted storyteller. All Over Creation buzzes and blooms with the cross-pollination of races and subcultures, death and birth, betrayal and reconciliation, comedy and tragedy.”
—Los Angeles Time Book Review
“Sophisticated . . . a nice blend of humor and strangely affecting optimism. Ozeki has written a book where dread and hope coexist. Neither is given short shrift or magicked away.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Ozeki joins the constellation of such environmentally aware writers as Barbara Kingsolver, Annie Proulx, and Margaret Atwood, bringing her own shrewd and playful humor, luscious sexiness, and kinetic pizzazz to the table, as well her keen interest in the interface between food, family, science, and corporate greed and the dynamics of spin. . . . Moving neatly between the intimate and the environmental, the familial and the global, Ozeki hones each vivid description, witty conversation and surprising occurrence to illuminate the complex dichotomies between love and responsibility, nature and culture, traditional and corporate agriculture, traditional and corporate agriculture, fact and fabrication.”
“Ruth Ozeki is bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look—but where she finds us in all our technological weirdness. With a combination of humor and pathos that is all her own, Ozeki brings the American pastoral forward into the age of agribusiness and genetic engineering. The result is a smart compelling novel about a world we don’t realize we live in.”
“All Over Creation opens wider with every plot twist as it moves from tenderness to comedy to sobering truth and the world in the eye of one family’s storm. This is Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang updated by thirty years, with modern environmental challenges on the map and women in the front seat, driving the story. Hooray—Ozeki rides again.”
“Ozeki deftly and sensitively folds the variegated topics together, whipping up a savory treat.”
“This winning novel . . . is a feast of humor and wisdom about family and friendship.”
“Bewitching . . . Ozeki’story splices a bit of Edward Abbey into an Anne Tyler plot. The fruits of this mix are definitely worth tasting.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A feast for mind and heart.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
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- ASIN : 0142003891
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 30, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780142003893
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142003893
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Grade level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.89 x 5.29 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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Ruth Ozeki is an amazing author........and her story lets us (the readers) in on a multi-colored interplay of people, religions, food, ideals and languages. the beginning is in the seeds...........
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In Liberty Falls, Idaho, Lloyd Fuller is seriously ill and needs constant attention as does his wife Momoko, who is seemingly suffering with Alzheimer's. At the next farm along live Cass with her husband, and she manages to track down the Fuller's daughter, Yumi, otherwise known as Yummy.
Cass was Yumi's friend from when she was younger, but no one has actually seen Yumi since she ran away from home in 1974, aged just fourteen. As Yumi makes her way home to the Fuller house a bunch of eco-activists are also getting ready to converge on the house, as they have taken to Lloyd, and think of him as a guru. Yumi has brought her three children with her, and the activists are out to educate people on how potatoes are being genetically modified. With Elliot, the former lover of Yumi also coming into the area, there is a lot happening in this story.
We have a lot to ponder within these pages, what with the questions surrounding genetic modification to food, and on top of that the relationships between family and friends. Yumi is only coming to visit, but as you will see, her stay is slightly longer than anticipated. This could have been very stiff and quite boring, but instead Ruth Ozeki has crafted something that is very thoughtful, quite comedic in places, and also sometimes sad. In all this is an exquisite book to read, showing life from start to finish, both from a human perspective, and also from that of a seed. This isn't a quick read and is something that you can really indulge in and enjoy, especially as for instance Yumi is very dysfunctional. For a book group this would make a perfect choice, simply as there is so much to discuss.
If you are looking for something that is both thoughtful and serious, but also showing the funny side of life as well, this could be just what you are looking for; it is a real pleasure to read.
There is tragedy and comedy between the pages. It makes you think about what you are eating and about how much you are told about your food., Although not as good as "A tale for the Time Being", I really enjoyed this book and carried the characters with me for some time after finishing.
Well written and probably might read again at some time.
Ruth Ozeki blends her Eastern heritage into our 21st century cynical age and creates a little masterpiece which lingers long after you have closed the final page.