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The Overstory An Air Force Loadmaster In The Vietnam War Is Shot Out Of The Sky, Then Saved By Falling Into A Banyan An Artist Inherits A Hundred Years Of Photographic Portraits, All Of The Same Doomed American Chestnut A Hard Partying Undergraduate In The Late S Electrocutes Herself, Dies, And Is Sent Back Into Life By Creatures Of Air And Light A Hearing And Speech Impaired Scientist Discovers That Trees Are Communicating With One Another These Four, And Five Other Strangers Each Summoned In Different Ways By Trees Are Brought Together In A Last And Violent Stand To Save The Continent S Few Remaining Acres Of Virgin ForestIn His Twelfth Novel, National Book Award Winner Richard Powers Delivers A Sweeping, Impassioned Novel Of Activism And Resistance That Is Also A Stunning Evocation Of And Paean To The Natural World From The Roots To The Crown And Back To The Seeds, The Overstory Unfolds In Concentric Rings Of Interlocking Fables That Range From Antebellum New York To The Late Twentieth Century Timber Wars Of The Pacific Northwest And Beyond, Exploring The Essential Conflict On This Planet The One Taking Place Between Humans And Nonhumans There Is A World Alongside Ours Vast, Slow, Interconnected, Resourceful, Magnificently Inventive, And Almost Invisible To Us This Is The Story Of A Handful Of People Who Learn How To See That World And Who Are Drawn Up Into Its Unfolding CatastropheThe Overstory Is A Book For All Readers Who Despair Of Humanity S Self Imposed Separation From The Rest Of Creation And Who Hope For The Transformative, Regenerating Possibility Of A Homecoming If The Trees Of This Earth Could Speak, What Would They Tell Us Listen There S Something You Need To Hear


About the Author: Richard Powers

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Overstory He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a Pulitzer Prize and four time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains Librarian note There is than one author with this name in the Goodreads database



10 thoughts on “The Overstory

  1. says:

    I sit in silence, holding the paperback copy of The Overstory in my hands, thinking of trees Wondering which trees grew to become the books on my shelves Wondering which ones became the cherry tree desk my grandfather made for me Wondering how old the oak trees were that turned into the logs that made it into my wooden


  2. says:

    Powers structural approach to The Overstory breaks with traditional plotting The result is two books in one, each designed to appeal to a different type of reader The flaw in this approach is that the book either reads like a literary triumph that starts slow then builds to something satiating, or it reads like a


  3. says:

    This book has an interesting structure and it is well written I get what Powers is going for conceptually The character sketches, which read like short stories are wonderful But then the book gets less engaging, shall we say I stopped reading it because I just could not read one passage of florid description about trees o


  4. says:

    Further Update I can t help it Powers writing does something to me I ve now finished a re read of this book and I am going back to 5 stars It s a book that really rewards a second reading It is much darker than I remember from first read suicide, disillusionment, betrayal on top of the destruction of the natural world and al


  5. says:

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2018, The Overstory is a brilliant and passionate book about humans and their relationship to trees and the natural environment.The first half of the book is exceptional Written like short stories, 9 characters are introduced separately with their tree story Each story has an event that has ha


  6. says:

    This has won the Pulitzer Prize Richard Powers writes with ambition, passion and reverence on the world of trees, their ancient intelligence and their central place in the fragile ecosystem This is a dense and epic work of environmental fiction, a picture of the state of our planet and how humanity has contributed to its degrada


  7. says:

    Richard Powers s The Overstory soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction.Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories while delving into subjects many readers would otherwise f


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    2019 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction This dense, literary book will make you think when you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature The Overstory is a powerful, literary novel, shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize It sings, in part, a paean to the wonders of trees and the multitude of wonders that old growth forests and a variety of trees brings to our world It also mourns a tragedy how humans relentlessly annihilate these priceless resources, and what drives some people to eco terrorism The Overstory is brilliantly organized in a form that reflects an actual tree It begins with a section aptly titled Roots, a set of eight apparently unconnected stories in which we meet nine disparate characters An artist whose family home in Iowa boasts one of the last healthy American chestnut trees The engineer daughter of a Chinese immigrant An odd, unmotivated teenager inspired by a book about human behavior and psychology An intellectual property attorney who falls in love with an unconventional stenographer A Vietnam veteran who stumbles into a job planting seedlings to replace mature trees that have been cut down A brilliant computer programmer, permanently disabled by a fall from a tree A postdoc, hearing and speech impaired woman who studies trees, discovering that they communicate with each other, and is ridiculed for her conclusions And a beautiful, careless college undergrad who dies from an accidental electrocution and returns to life with a vision and a purpose And all of these characters have been deeply affected by trees, in one way or another.Richard Powers traces the lives of these nine people often back to their childhood or even their ancestors to explore how they have developed into the people they are These introductory stories of their lives are excellent and insightful good enough that they could stand alone as individual short stories But Powers is just getting started In the next section, Trunk, their lives come together and begin to affect each other Four of them become eco warriors, part of the tree hugging movement whose proponents will do almost anything to stop the logging and stripping of irreplaceable mature redwoods and old growth forests Trunk culminates in a terrible, unexpected event that will change their lives forever And so we proceed to Crown and then the shorter, final section, Seeds The Overstory is a little bit magical realism, with messages being shared with some of the characters by some mystical source, and a little bit science fiction, as the genius computer programmer develops video games that turn into a type of artificial intelligence But mostly Richard Powers is trying to convince us, as readers, of the wondrous nature of trees, and to treat trees, and our world generally, with deeper respect The novel shifts its focus somewhat in the final section, with a somewhat cryptic hint that trees may well outlast humanity.Parts of The Overstory rate five stars, easily, but personally I hit a bit of a wall with the lengthy middle section, Trunk As brilliantly written as the book is, it s also sometimes slow paced, repetitious and didactic, as Powers delves into the evils of the corporations and groups who are indiscriminately cutting down trees and eliminating forests, and the worst of the tactics they use against those who try to oppose them I think this novel would have benefited by being edited down by about a hundred pages and by being less overtly preachy But Powers is clearly angry, and wants us to share that anger and be moved to take action It may be message fiction, but this is potent stuff Also, as Powers points out than once, trees live very slowly compared to humans, and that is echoed in the deliberate pacing of The Overstory.For readers already of the view that humans are doing profound damage to the ecology of our world, The Overstory will give you additional arguments and inspiration For those skeptical, it may cause you to reexamine some of your views The Overstory isn t an easy read, but it s a powerful and persuasive work of art I received a free copy from the publisher for review Thank you Content notes some, very limited adult content language, violence, sexual situations This isn t a book for younger readers in any case.Initial post This hefty, literary book looks a little intimidating, but interesting The Secret Life of Trees Off we go


  9. says:

    Having bought this book months ago, I started wondering if I spent my money well Although I enjoy making my own mind regarding my reading choices, I couldn t escape coming across many reviews, both positive and negative, as a result, I was a little apprehensive When I began reading, I thought it d take me many weeks to get through thi


  10. says:

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out Decisions have long reaching consequences, etc The first section had me in tears a


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