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VINE VOICEHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 30 December 2013
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. 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.
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on 30 March 2015
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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on 23 June 2014
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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on 13 January 2014
I found this novel unique and mind stretching in what organisations are able to construct in plant genetics. I was not sure as to whether any of these things had actually been trialled in America but it makes you want to look closely at labelling and hope that it is honest.
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on 23 June 2014
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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on 19 July 2014
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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on 20 October 2017
Ruth Ozeki worries a great deal about genetically modified food; rightly so. She weaves a tale with various characters around it and even manages a relatively happy ending!
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on 27 May 2014
I enjoyed this book and learned some things in the process, about the terrible things that are happening in order to make food production easier and cheaper. The characters in the story were complex and interesting and the story rolls along at a good pace.
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on 24 August 2014
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!
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on 20 October 2014
A different read but interesting
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