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  • 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)

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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)

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

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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'All Over Creation' is Ozeki's second novel and unfolds over the potato farming lands of Idaho, USA in the late 90's. At the Fuller farm Yumi Fuller is the prodigal daughter returned to take the reigns on her parents potato harvest. Joining her are her three kids who flit in and out of periphery and her parents both battling with illnesses and nearing the end of their lives.

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.
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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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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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I came to this having loved "A tale for the Time Being". The plot is centered among the potato farmers of Idaho, where Lloyd is expected to die soon and his wife Momoko is loosing chunks of her memory. His daughter, Yummi, is traced by her childhood best friend, and returns to the home farm which she ran away from at the age of 14. She brings with her 3 children from different fathers. Add to this a group of eco-activists, single parenting, childlessness,GM food crops, small town suspicions and Ozeki's fine writing, and you have a good 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.
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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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