All Over Creation

A warm and witty saga about agribusiness, environmental activism, and community from the celebrated author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being Yumi Fuller hasn t set foot in her hometown of Liberty Falls, Idaho heart of the potato farming industry since she ran away at age fifteen Twenty five years later, the prodigal daughter returns to confront her dying pA warm and witty saga about agribusiness, environmental activism, and community from the celebrated author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being Yumi Fuller hasn t set foot in her hometown of Liberty Falls, Idaho heart of the potato farming industry since she ran away at age fifteen Twenty five years later, the prodigal daughter returns to confront her dying parents, her best friend, and her conflicted past, and finds herself caught up in an altogether new drama The post millennial farming community has been invaded by Agribusiness forces at war with a posse of activists, the Seeds of Resistance, who travel the country in a camping car, The Spudnick, biofueled by pilfered McDonald s french fry oil Following her widely hailed, award winning debut novel, My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki returns here to deliver a quirky cast of characters and a wickedly humorous appreciation of the foibles of corporate life, globalization, political resistance, youth culture, and aging baby boomers All Over Creation tells a celebratory tale of the beauty of seeds, roots, and growth and the capacity for renewal that resides within us all.
All Over Creation A warm and witty saga about agribusiness environmental activism and community from the celebrated author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being Yumi Fuller hasn t set foot in her hometown

  • Title: All Over Creation
  • Author: Ruth Ozeki
  • ISBN: 9781782111177
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “All Over Creation”

    1. “Lloyd’s home, Mom.” I fingered the straggling ends of my mother’s hair. And your daughter is having a nervous breakdown. And there’s a caravan of hippies camping out behind the barn. Oh, and you’re a prophet of the Revolution.”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 [...]

    2. I really like Ruth Ozeki, and I really appreciate the conscientious way she writes. Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being (2012), is one of the best books I've ever read, and My Year of Meats was also very strong. All Over Creation had some really bright spots, and overall, it was a compelling story it was just that there was so much of it. It felt overlong and overextended. Clocking in at 16 hours on audio, and 430 pages, it was just too much. Potato plantI like family dramas - both [...]

    3. Well as an Irish woman how could I not like a book about the importance of family and farming potatoes? As an undergraduate of Biochemistry in 2001, completing my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2005, how could I not have been interested in the debates over genetically modified food specific to the early naughties? Add Ruth Ozeki's writing into the mix (I have loved her since I listened to her reading of her novel A Tale for the Time Being on audible ) and yes this novel could have been written es [...]

    4. Man alone of all Nature’s children thinks of himself as the center about which his world, little or large, revolves, but if he persists in this hallucination he is certain to receive a shock that will waken him or else he will come to grief in the end. –Luther Burbank, The Harvest of the YearsOzeki’s second food-themed novel is just as rich and fulfilling as the first. The characters come together via food, specifically genetically altered food, and are a colorful palatte: Yumi, commonly c [...]

    5. I don´t know how Ruth Ozeki does it, I really don´t. I also don´t know if I can explain the way I love her books, how much they mean to me. But I´m going to try. I´ve now read all three of her novels, A Tale for the Time Being, My Year of Meats and All Over Creation. They were five star reads and some of the most influential books I´ve ever read. At this point I might even call Ruth Ozeki my all time favorite author. So, what do I love about her? She´s obviously a brilliant writer, creati [...]

    6. I suppose Ruth Ozeki wanted to expose the evils of GMO foods and then worked up some characters around which to build a story. The protagonist runs away from home at fourteen and returns twenty-five years later with three kids in tow. Unfortunately her fourteen year old personality seems to still be in control. That personality gets annoying in spots and in others downright stupid to the point where I could no longer suspend my disbelief. Mix in her Alzheimer afflicted mother who has occasional [...]

    7. Very Barbara Kingsolvery with a little more wild wackyness - which I should have picked up on from the giant Barbara Kingsolver cover blurb I suppose. Didn't adore it quite as much as A Tale for the Time Being, but it was still an engaging novel with interesting characters wrestling with environmental issues in an interesting way. Yumi was definitely not a likeable protagonist for me, but I think that made it a stronger book, because who says protagonists need to be likeable?

    8. I'm lukewarm on this book. Perhaps it's because I enjoyed A Tale for the Time Being so much, and that's more sophisticated than this. It was readable enough, but felt somehow too pat, too tidy, too overtly 'issues'y. Am I being ungenerous in labelling this forgettable?

    9. Green protesters have more rings in their trunk than you might think. Twenty years before Brother Mendel published the first sprouts of genetic research about the peas in his garden, Nathaniel Hawthorne was already warning about the dangers of interfering with nature. In 1844, the Concord writer didn't know anything about genes, or cloned sheep, or bug-zapping corn, but he published a weird short story called "Rappaccini's Daughter." Besides giving birth to the mouthwash industry (Rappaccini's d [...]

    10. dude, i LOVE this book with all my heart & soul. if you haven't read it yet, WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU? get thee to a library, you wastrel! i will try to explain what it's about, but be forewarned: it's a little complex. okay, so lloyd fuller & his wife (whose name i forget--forgive me!) are husband & wife. they are potato forms, although the wife also cares for rare seeds. when lloyd gets too old to care of his farm, they both get into the seed-saving thing & start a [...]

    11. All over Creation, by ruth Ozeki. A.Downloaded from audible.It turns out that this was a re-read for me, but I didn’t know it until I started the book, and it is so good I didn’t mind reading it over. Yumi Fuller has a Japanese-American mother and an American father. She is raised in a small town in Idaho where potatoes are the major crop. Yumi, who stands out in her school because of her Asian heritage, always feels different from others. Because the kids can’t pronounce her name, she is [...]

    12. Finally finished this. good lord. I listened to it because Anna Fields is one of my favorite narrators. She captured the characters wonderfully and I could just imagine each of their personalities in all of their weird and dysfunctional ways. Unfortunately, the writing was weak and the characters shallow (esp the main character, Yumi). Conversations went on waaaay too long, and were vapid and immature. Although I'm not as knowledgeable as I'd like to be about GMO engineering, Ozeki did seem to h [...]

    13. This comic-tragic tale of one year in the life of a woman who has completely failed to take responsibility for her life is probably going to be the best book I read in 2018. The voice of the novel alternates between first person -- Yumi Fuller -- and a third person voice. Yumi has sought out male approval all her life and doesn't seem to be able to drop the habit, starting and ending with the grown man she first slept with at age 14. Everyone around her can see it, but not Yumi, who is blinded b [...]

    14. 'A warm and witty saga' No. Not witty. Above all, not warm: the song "Nothing" from the 1970s musical A Chorus Line aptly expresses my feelings about this novel's characters. She lost me after the first seventy or so pages. See Nicola Lloyd's extensive review (one star - click link) - my take exactly.

    15. You know a book is good when you pick it up at 9 p.m. intending to read 10 pages or so, and the next thing you notice is that's 2 in the morning and you've chowed down on about 200 pages, a third of the book. Some parts had me laughing and the end definitely had me crying.Yummy captivated me from the first -- the daughter of a pretty straitlaced but loving potato farmer and his Japanese wife, she's a precocious 14-year-old who is having an affair with her 23-year-old teacher. At some point, some [...]

    16. This is a rather difficult book to review and do it justice. It is about so much and has so many interwoven stories that all pull and tug against each other, and prop each other up, that to reduce the book to a summary of the events would be criminal.If I tell you it’s about genetic engineering of foodstuff, many readers would yawn and find another book to read. But it is. Except it’s also about a whole lot moreIt is also about family and what makes a family; and what breaks one. It’s abou [...]

    17. "All Over Creation" is a wonderful book I read for an English class in 2009. Two years later and I still remember most of the plot and characters which to me says that it is a memorable book. The main character Yummi returns to North Idaho to take care of her aging parents even though they have been estranged for years. Returning to her hometown brings up a lot of personal issues for Yummi like a rekindling romance with a teacher she had an affair with in high school i.e. she was 17 and he was l [...]

    18. This book started out with a few liabilities for me the title doesn't really draw me in as much as My Year of Meats and the subject doesn't really sound that interesting. On top of that, Ozeki's writing style is a little clunky at times -- her characterizations seem to be trying a little too hard, or come across (to me) as a little unnatural. This is especially true when she's writing in the voice of, say, a teenage boy. And the book is a little bit preachy.All that said, I really enjoyed the wa [...]

    19. This book reminds me that only a few years ago I was contributing member to the economy. Since then the great recession has struck and my discressionary spending has dwindled down to affording a library card. Since then, this is the first book I’ve read that I regret that I did not buy because I would like to lend it to all of my “green-thumb” cohorts. I loved the pace.I loved the character development from the utterly clueless, narcissistic beautiful one, to her children, to her wholesome [...]

    20. I finished this a couple of weeks ago and it has stayed with me. The "heroine" is a twit and, thankfully, tangential to what I valued in the book. Where I thought it succeeded was in its portrayal of a rural community dependent on a single product, potatoes, and real discussion of agriculture and how differently people respond to issues like GMOs and biodiversity. It also had an interesting group of activists who are quite believable. It also tackles some difficult end-of-life issues. It doesn't [...]

    21. There are many elements of this book that remind me of Barbara Kingsolver, in all of the good ways. Similar to Poisonwood Bible, there are the shifting points of view that make a story that much more interesting. What I like best when an author does that was present in this story - sometimes you get to be in their heads and sometimes you just have to be satisfied with watching them go through it. The environmental bent is always a risky thing to take on. Are you going to be preaching to the choi [...]

    22. I got this book free from a yard sale early last summer. I only ever got about halfway done with it, and it's sort of amazing I even got that far, because I sort of hated this book and I didn't really like it the whole time I was reading. I know how retarded it seems that I kept going, but it’s partly because it’s like slowing down to look at an interesting car wreck and you want to see how it all might pan out in the end, and partly because it’s sitting on the back of the toilet and I go [...]

    23. After I read A Tale For the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki became my new favorite author and I wanted to read all of her books. This is the story of a daughter who returns to confront her dying parents, her best friend, and her conflicted past, and finds herself caught up in a new drama. Her small farm community has been invaded by Agribusiness. This is a story of three clans at once enabling and torturing each other. Great story and characters. I want to tell Ruth Ozeki to write faster.

    24. This author is very mindful of the characters in her books. The reader is able to understand each character's point of view because she has constructed the book with great care. She explores many overlapping themes in this book but it all comes together seamlessly. There are many thought provoking themes regarding human relationships with parents, children, people of different political or religious points of view, power-over relationships, the effects of genetic engineering on the food chain, e [...]

    25. Just like in her other work "A Tale for the Time Being", Ruth Ozeki delves into the smallest scale themes of individual protest while simultaneously tackling the biggest topics of the future of the earth with absolute ease. She combines divine beautiful writing with the wittiest humour and real understanding of human character and flaws. While as a fellow mixed-Japanese person, her books might appeal to me more than to other readers, I believe that her clarity in writing makes the cultural nuanc [...]

    26. Didn't suck me in, small intrigues caught me a bit, but the cost/benefit perception by page 100 wasn't enough to keep me going.I still want to give her other work a shot, though.

    27. I expected this book to be one of the best books I'd ever read, and it wasn't. So that was a rough start. Favorite author, second book, and it seemed a little less believeable than her first book, even though it was less far-fetched. The first time I read this book, I considered it to be a simplistic criticism of genetically engineered food, with a disappointingly stereotypical cast of characters--a fry-oil burning bus full of hippies with protest puppets make a pilgrimage to an Idaho monocultur [...]

    28. I really really like Ruth Ozeki's writing style and that the environment always plays a big role in her novels. After I read "A Tale for the Time Being", I was delighted to jump into "All over Creation" now, and I didn't get disappointed. Despite the fact that the protagonist Yumi Fuller was not my favourite character of all, and even a bit annoying for my personal taste, I loved the story and the core theme of organic farming vs. genetically modified crops & food. From the hippie-gang with [...]

    29. I had forgotten about Ozeki until this February in Portland, Maine, when _My Year of Meats_ came up in conversation and my host asked if I had read this one; I looked around a bit for it, didn't find it in my local bookstores, and forgot about it again until I was it in Powells up in Portland, Oregon. While not as laugh-out-loud funny and satirical as _My Year of Meats_, _All Over Creation_ is a much better book. The characters are better developed (though in the other book's defense, it was a s [...]

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