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All Over Creation

All Over Creation [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Ozeki
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Ozeki is a deeply intelligent and humane writer (Alice Sebold, author of Lovely Bones)

One of my favourite novelists (Junot Díaz)

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 (Barbara Kingsolver)

Captivating . . . Ozeki joins the constellation of such environmentally aware writers as Barbara Kingsolver, Annie Proulx and Margaret Atwood, bringing her own shrewd and playful humour, luscious sexiness and kinetic pizazz (Chicago Tribune)

A well-crafted, often comic story of the personal and political (Observer)

A nice blend of humour and strangely affecting optimism. Ozeki has written a book where dread and hope coexist. Neither is given short shrift or magicked away (New York Times)

Highly original (Daily Mail)

Amusing, moving and delicately controlled (Big Issue)

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 humour 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 realise we live in (Michael Pollan)

A feast for mind and heart (Kirkus Reviews)

This quirky novel is bewitching... The fruits of this mix are definitely worth tasting (Publishers Weekly)

Book Description

The second novel from the author of the Man Booker 2013 shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0142003891
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading 30 Dec 2013
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This was Ruth Ozeki's second novel, first published in 2003, and as I thoroughly enjoyed A Tale for the Time Being I thought I would give it a go. This is exquisitely crafted and the main plot takes place in 1999, although it does describe some events that happened for instance in 1974.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars just as good as My year of meats 17 May 2010
I read My year of meat as it first came out and I really liked it. I am very happy that Ruth Ozeki has written another book.
All over creation has most of the same themes as her last book: nature, farming, industry vs tradition, barenness and childlessness. If you liked her first book, you will like this one as well, her writing has not lost quality over the years.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted and thought provoking 20 May 2013
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As a reader who is absorbed by the style of writing over and above the story line, I will not give you a plot synopsis. I will however tell you that this is a delight - it is a flawless depiction of emotion, hope and the power of believing. I read this tale on my kindle, then bought a 'real' book, because I wanted to be able to see it on my book shelves. If you need to read novels which have a message, which give you pause to let the world go by whilst you are somewhere better, this one is for you, it is just wonderful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Over Creation 21 Dec 2013
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Another clever novel from Ruth Ozeki. I am now waiting with interest for her next. Makes serious points with wit and compassion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 19 July 2014
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Stunning ! A gentle breeze of a novel whispering of things unseen and unknown and set in a magical and timeless island off the Pacific coast of Canada.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Over Creation 23 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed this book and kept picking it up to read a bit more. The characterisataion is good and the author creeated for me various emotions, anger with Elliot for being so selfish, sympathy for Yumi at first but then annoyance as she took advantage of Cassie further on in the book.I liked the different characters in the 'hippie' group and could empathsise with each one in a different way.

Well written and probably might read again at some time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 23 Jun 2014
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I just finished reading Before you go ..... and for once decided to write a review. This is a wonderful book that works at many levels. The narrative is clean and purposeful and the elements of the story work so well together. It's light and deep all at the same time .... I've fallen in love with Ruth Ozeki's work ..... give it a try ..... I hope you do too.
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