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All Over Creation Paperback – March 30, 2004
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Lloyd Fuller and his war-bride wife Momoko struggle to make their massive farm thrive. Teenage daughter Yumi, on the other hand, has no trouble blooming. She's a wild child, but a series of bad decisions lead to a protracted estrangement from her puritanical father. When, years later, the adult Yumi reluctantly returns to the farm with her three children to care for her ailing parents, she must confront the wreckage she left behind (and the wreckage she's made of her own life), while forging an uneasy peace with childhood friend Cass Quinn. Before long, the Fullers and the Quinns must also confront the radical environmentalist Seeds, who are convinced that dying Lloyd and delusional Momoko hold the key to propagating plant life on earth--and sidetracking the schemes of evil corporations--through smart farming. And they may be right. The abundant children on hand reinforce this theme of proper husbandry; they are, like nature, both a tremendous gift and a daunting responsibility. And while not every character--Yumi in particular--is likable, Ozeki, whose first novel was the funny and polemical My Year of Meats, provokes empathy through plain old humanity. Indeed, her ability to make us care deeply about the fate of these strangers is the book's most abiding grace. The story's conclusion takes some convenient outs, but the ride to the end is touching and terrific, thanks to the author's spare but elegant prose and, especially, her kaleidoscopic cast. --Kim Hughes, Amazon.ca --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As Yummy deals with her feelings about her parents and her life as a whole, a group of protesters that call themselves THE SEEDS are slowly making their feelings known across the Midwest. They protest their sentiments against genetically engineered crops, in particular potatoes, and soon end up in Idaho and on the Fuller's farm. Their intention is to meet Lloyd, who they feel is their guru in the war against this unnatural vegetation that will eventually hurt the environment. The Seeds bond with Lloyd, and actually do him a bit of good, giving him a new lease on life.
I highly enjoyed ALL OVER CREATION. Although the main themes about the environment are not typically what draws me to good fiction, I found that Ruth Ozeki did a great job with creating characters and situations that felt realistic to me. She successfully created a series of subplots that all fit together and fell into place quite logically. I also found her writing very easy to read, and I also learned something about the war on genetically engineered crops. I am looking forward to reading her other novel, MY YEAR OF MEATS.
As with her previous book, Ozeki has a flair for writing and painting a picture of place, time and characters. Her character development is first rate and she never goes for the black and white. Everyone is cast in rich shades of gray. These are people we could know, who might live next door or in the town where we grew up.
In addition, she is a courageous writer. Ozeki is not afraid to use her fiction to tackle important subjects, such as Genetic Engineering and its impact on our lives.
However, I was bothered by a story that was so terribly contrived. The arrival of Elliot Rhodes and the Seeds at just the moment when Yummy Fuller comes back to Liberty Falls for the first time in 25 years is hard to swallow. The intersection of these events and the subsequent impact on the lives of the Fullers and the Quinns feels too neat and convenient and frankly, forced. Unlike her character development, Ozeki's plot development is very flawed.
I hope with time that Ozeki learns how to craft a credible story. With her gift for character and description, she can go far in the literary world.
All Over Creation, a rather odd story, starts out in two different places with two different groups of people who get connected in Idaho near the end for a big bang of events. The first group, Lloyd and his wife, Momoko (Japanese) have farmed natural potatoes and seeds for other vegetables before genetically modified foods existed. Their daughter Yumi, also known as Yummy, ran away at about 15 concluding the fight between her and her father. She did not return until her father got very ill and her mother developed Alzheimer's. When she returned, she brought her three children, all of whom have different fathers, with her.
The second group, the Seeds of Resistance, also know as "the Seeds", is a troublesome group of young people who travel the country protesting genetically modified food, mainly potatoes. They protest at public events, supermarkets, meetings, and more. As they travel around the country protesting, they discover the Fuller's seeds mail order. At this point, they believe they have found the perfect person to continue their protesting with.
Other characters include Yumi's old school friend Cass and her husband Will, neighbors to Lloyd and his wife Momoko.Read more ›
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I love this story even though the action and characters are a bit campy at times. There were passages which made me laugh aloud, and that's a good thing in my estimation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet S. Yoder
THIS is the Book I read about 10 years ago that introduced me to the
Reality & Evils of GMOs...
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This is the third book by Ozeki that I have read. She writes in a clear, poignant manner that causes one to reflect on the beauty of life in relationships and in the universe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought I had had enough of eco-terror, but the book is much more than that. I learned and gleaned from this book, took time to sink but once it did, I felt grateful for having... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrea A. Young
Ruth Ozeki is my new favorite writer. This book was at the same time poignant, funny, a sharp critique of big agriculture, and an exploration of cultural identity. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book Lover
Enjoyable book, but it was slow at times. Did not really like the main character, but I understood her. Good story.Published 8 months ago by Gail Cutler
Enjoyed this book, although the dialogue was a bit drawn out. Well written and thoughtful on a contemporary, controversial subject.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fun read with the added eco slant. Wish there were more Seeds of Resistance out there.Published 10 months ago by Lynn