- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782111166
- ISBN-13: 978-1782111160
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All Over Creation Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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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)
The second novel from the author of the Man Booker 2013 shortlisted A Tale for the Time BeingSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Creation, though, is not necessarily a tale or study of family life and dynamics - it is the potato that is at the forefront of debate. Alongside Yumi's narrative we have a bunch of kids fighting to spread the word of genetically modified crops and their detrimental effects on American's health. The kids eventually park up there camper van on the driveway of the Fuller farm and attempt a collaboration against large chemical companies.
Unfortunately, for me, the whole book became more of a leaflet on GM crops as opposed to a novel about family life that I was expecting. Having recently read and enjoyed Ozeki's 'A Tale for the Time Being' I was hoping for more of the same here with her earlier work; however that was not the case. If food conglomerates, farming, eco-fuel and the like are interesting to you then you might have fun here, however you'll have to get through an average narrative and story to get to the facts.
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.
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.
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Cleverly written. Unusual and relevant- to-our-lives topic. Pleasurable reading. Recommend this very good readPublished 10 months ago by Naomi Kopelman
I loved My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being, and I enjoyed this, and will re-read it.Published 11 months ago by Suki Telford
Could not stop reading this very gripping and moving book until I had reached the last page. I loved it.Published 15 months ago by anna
really unusual and interesting book. Well written and enjoyable to read.Published 16 months ago by Sam Brandon
For me, a page turner, but not as good as 'a tale for the time being.Published 17 months ago by lindiana
Amazing book, I couldn't put it down. It was my first book from Ozeki and since then I bought 2 more. A enchanting discovery!Published 17 months ago by laurence
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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by jeannie france-hayhurst