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by Ruth L. Ozeki

  • ISBN: 0330490281
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ruth L. Ozeki
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador (April 5, 2002)
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • FB2 size: 1961 kb
  • EPUB size: 1984 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
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All Over Creation book. All Over Creation is probably Ruth Ozeki's weakest book to date, and yet, I devoured it in just one hung-over weekend

All Over Creation book. All Over Creation is probably Ruth Ozeki's weakest book to date, and yet, I devoured it in just one hung-over weekend. I'm not going to say much about the plot other than that it is the story of a family who split apart over a matter of principle and who are slowly Lloyd’s home, Mom. I fingered the straggling ends of my mother’s hair.

Praise for Ruth Ozeki and All Over Creation. bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page. If I tell you that it is a book about seeds that won't convey the whole of it but it would be entirely accurate. Not only does the plot revolve around the idea of genetically engineered seeds and their ruinous effect on the planet's diversity but the book also rather deftly ties in philosophies of generation, birth and death and renewal.

All Over Creation is a novel by Ruth Ozeki about Yumi Fuller, the Japanese-American daughter of a potato farmer in Idaho who returns home as an adult to care for her parents, Lloyd and Momoko.

All Over Creation is a novel by Ruth Ozeki about Yumi Fuller, the Japanese-American daughter of a potato farmer in Idaho who returns home as an adult to care for her parents, Lloyd and Momoko, and stumbles into the growing controversy around genetically modified food (GMOs). The book was first published in 2003 and reprinted by Penguin in 2004. Yumi hasn't been back to Liberty Falls, Idaho-epicenter of the potato-farming industry-since she left home at fifteen-years-old.

Critical Acclaim for Ruth Ozeki and All Over Creation. is a gifted storyteller. 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 trans-cultural and technological weirdness. With a combination of humor and pathos that is all her own, All Over Creation brings the American pastoral forward into the age of agribusiness and genetic engineering

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS.

How can it not? Imagine the planet like a split peach, whose pit forms the core, whose flesh its mantle, and whose fuzzy skin its crust-no, that doesn’t do justice to the crust, which is, after all,. where all of life takes place. The earth’s crust must be more like the rind of the orange, thicker and more durable, quite unlike the thin skin of a bruisable peach. Or is it? Funny, how you never think to wonder.

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From the author of My Year of Meats-a dramatic story of a prodigal daughter's homecoming to a heartland of genetically modified crops

Within the pages of this book lies the diary of a girl called Nao. Riding the waves of a tsunami, it is making its way across the ocean. From the author of My Year of Meats-a dramatic story of a prodigal daughter's homecoming to a heartland of genetically modified crops. My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki's delicious debut novel, won a devoted following and was hailed by critics as inventing a new genre: the "eco-saga. Now, Ozeki takes us to the heart of the potato farming industry. a nice blend of humor and strangely affecting optimism. Ozeki has written a book where dread and hope coexist. Neither is given short shrift or magicked away.

Now, Ozeki takes us to the heart of the potato farming industry. When Yumi Fuller returns to her hometown after a twenty-five-year absence, she comes face to face with an old friend, her aging parents, and her conflicted past-as well as the Seeds of Resistance, a rollicking environmentalist group that finds trouble wherever they plant themselves.

'You remember, in a flash, how Lloyd raised these heavens. Raised them for you. Eyes peeled in the dark, you recall bouncing on this same bed, as he stood next to you on the mattress and tried to consult his map of the constellations . . . You lay on your back, watching. He stood on his tiptoes and stretched across the heavens with Polaris balanced on his fingertip, and you could feel the mattress tremble beneath him, beneath you. Your tall, rickety father. With the North Star stuck in place, he smiled, then moved south towards the next horizon.'This startlingly haunting and thoroughly entertaining tale is crammed with lessons and experiences to inspire us all.In the stark light of day we bear witness to the trials of the Fuller family, cultivators of Fuller Farms in Power County, Idaho. With a lifetime of careful propagation, preservation and patient nurturing of potatoes and seeds behind them, Lloyd Fuller and his Japanese wife, Momoko, have begun to feel the ravages of time. Their only daughter, Yumi, left home twenty-five years ago, and now they must attempt to consider the future of their precious yet fragile livelihood.Meanwhile a troupe of young revolutionaries are scouring the land in their faithful Winnebego, their eccentric, volatile lives focused on restoring farming practice once and for all. As the 'Seeds of Resistance' come crashing into Fullers Farms so too does Yumi return to the fold, and the lives of Lloyd and Momoko are certain never to be the same again...This is a colourful, eye-opening novel about the creation and cultivation of the seed. And yet through the seed's cycle we are reminded of the creation of all that makes up life itself; of the importance of loyalty, protection, forgiveness, trust and love in an all-evolving, ever-changing universe.
Reviews about All Over Creation (7):
Bandiri
I'm halfway into it and I'm trying to finish it for my book club. There is no doubt of the author's ability to write - this is the 2nd book by her that I have read, "A Tale for the Time Being" was the first. But this one - I am really disliking Yumi Fuller and having to press the "I believe" button too much. I have had some experience with the farming life (sheep not potatoes) and we were involved in some agricultural community discussions on issues such as RFID chips for livestock and GMOs. It is a worthwhile cause, but the confluence of events which occurs in the novel seems unlikely. Having said that, well written with a fine sense of the intricacies of life. Yumi, however, just doesn't get it for me, and neither do her kids. She is emotionally stunted and so self absorbed it is hard to relate to her. I will finish the book as an exercise in self discipline, not because I like it.
Thohelm
Ruth Ozwki did it yet again, capturing my mind and my heart with her characters and story. As in her "A Tale for the TIme Being" she artfully spins a story from then to now and everything in between while keeping her readers engaged and focused. All Over Creation had a little something for everyone. The main character, Yumi Yummy, (you'll figure it out) was totally wrong yet oh so right. She is flawed in very human ways, hurt and focused, she trudges on like so many of do in life. Her family and friends love and hate her all at the same time, both passionately. While at times I grew weary of some of the "hippie" characters, they had a time, a place, a reason. The story turns like clockwork. Predictable, or, is it ? As I neared the end it was with a certain sadness that I would no longer be a voyeur in the life of Yummy and her little family. A great summer read, not frustrating, yet concerning and engaging. I look forward to more work from this author. She researches, does background and then takes you on a life journey. Thanks, again. Ruth Ozeki !
Dyni
This is the 2nd novel by Ruth Ozeiki, whose 3rd novel "Tale For the Time Being" is now short listed for the Man Booker Prize. I'm pulling for her to get it. All of her novels are so inventive, playing with the form, but also full of real, complex, interesting characters -- never simple minded -- and very funny, in the absurd way that life itself is. This novel is a gem, and should make you think about your own youth. Then run right out and get Tale for the Time Being, one of the best novels I've read in ten years, and I sure hope she gets the Booker. She deserves it, for taking such delightful risks and leading the reader into such echoing chambers of the heart.
Forcestalker
I just had to read more of Ruth Ozeki so I read an older book called All Over Creation. If I tell you that it is a book about seeds that won't convey the whole of it but it would be entirely accurate. Not only does the plot revolve around the idea of genetically engineered seeds and their ruinous effect on the planet's diversity but the book also rather deftly ties in philosophies of generation, birth and death and renewal. It isn't at all as dry as it sounds. In fact it's a charming story of the hippie movement in the 80s and 90s to save Gaia. Similar to ATFTTB, Ozeki uses her own mixed heritage as the basis for the plot but with aging parents who run a seed farm in the US, and a runaway daughter who returns home after living in Hawaii with her three children, each one sired by a different father. Gummi or Gumi, more correctly, is not at all likeable as a protagonist and is counterpointed with some unforgettable characters who are part of the seed revolution. A very good read but Ozeki has definitely matured as a writer since then.
Nikobar
This was my second Ozeki book, after 'Story for the Time Being', which I loved. This book combined a pacy and well told story with a good analysis of the issues of genetically modified foods. I liked the way Ozeki drew her cast of whacky but believable characters to give the human side of the farming industry and why the use of genetically modified crops might appeal to them, the tactics of the big agri-businesses and the rationales of the supporters of biological diversity. This book made me laugh and cry and encompassed a wealth of issues and human frailties. It kept me enthralled right to the end.
Dodo
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. Furthermore, the central issue of biodiversity is something we should all pay more attention to.
Snowseeker
The characters in this book are just wonderful! They are written so sympathetically and so real that I've most of them and loved them all! I am the same age as the main character and found it interesting how I, like Yummy, have inadvertently become who my parents used to be. I also have found that, increasingly, I am now "parenting" my parents as well as my own children. I didn't make the same mistakes as Yummy but I have certainly made my own unfortunate decisions and stubbornly refused to acknowledge my own mis-steps. A great story with an environmentalist flair and characters from many walks of life!
Ozeki’s All Over Creation is an amazing example of how food ways affect even the smallest potato farmers in Idaho. The book it self had an encapsulating storyline that was able to keep the story going until the end. However, the book seems to sum up rather quickly near the end.

The author does an extraordinary job of incorporating the letters Yumi is writing home into the storyline. The letters allow for time to pass while still allowing for explanation to what is happening to Yumi. Additionally, it develops relationships that foreshadow events that will happen in the future.

The books ability to explore controversial issues such as the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) while still maintaining a fictional story line is a talent that Ozeki is known for. The storyline has the power to convict a reader and encourages questions such as “what am I really eating?”

Overall the book was a brilliant literary work that I would recommend it strongly to any audience. If it’s anything like All Over Creation I look forward to reading My Year of Meats sometime in the near future.

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