The Resource The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki

The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki

Label
The book of form and emptiness
Title
The book of form and emptiness
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Ozeki
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house -- a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, he falls in love with a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book -- a talking thing -- who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter. The Book of Form and Emptiness blends unforgettable characters, riveting plot and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz to climate change to our attachment to material possessions. This is classic Ruth Ozeki -- bold, humane and heartbreaking
Cataloging source
NJB
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1956-
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Ozeki, Ruth
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage boys
  • Fathers
  • Books
  • Public libraries
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Asian Americans
Target audience
adult
Label
The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000069957785
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
548 pages
Isbn
9781922458193
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1273732819
Label
The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000069957785
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
548 pages
Isbn
9781922458193
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1273732819

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