The Overstory

The Overstory

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393635522
Characteristics: 502 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Over story

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mko123 May 27, 2018

Do your remember how, after you read Tolkien's trilogy, you never again looked at trees in the same way? Well, this book will do the same thing, only from a fictional and scientific point of view. What starts out to be a series of seemingly unconnected stories of somewhat broken and searching p... Read More »


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Conrad1Dad
Jul 07, 2019

Engrossing, fascinating weave of lives supporting the plot line. Powers’ use of language and style are occasionally challenging, but to great reward. I’m recommending it to my reader pals.

ontherideau Jun 26, 2019

Thought provoking work by a sincere author.

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Spokoj
Jun 06, 2019

Disappointing read. First 153 pages held my interest, but then it became tedious. The Ents in the Lord of the Rings trilogy were more interesting than most of the characters in this book.

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BarneyJr
May 17, 2019

Keanu brought me here.

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nalahblueberry5
Apr 24, 2019

This book won the Pulitzer Prize and it was well deserved. It's not an easy read and it won't appeal to everyone, but I loved it. So different.

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Brabo
Apr 22, 2019

I devoured all 552 pages on a short vacation and cannot think of a more timely message than the one this book sends us about our planet, our lives and our values. The stories that weave into a central theme are well chosen and developed although I liked some more than others.
Richard Powers managed to enhance my perception of nature and I'm grateful for that.

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Dub
Mar 15, 2019

An impressive read, timely and important subject, creatively crafted. Highly recommended.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 30, 2019

One of the most extraordinary novels I've read in recent years. I couldn't get into the other books I've read by Powers ("Orfeo," "Galatea 2.0."), but this blew me away. All the stories and characters are linked by trees. Seriously. Winner of the National Book Award and possibly the most ambitious and impressive book of 2018.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 06, 2019

I found this book to be an impressive feat of writing, but one that completely failed to connect with me on the emotional level I was expecting, considering its subject matter. Five stars for the writing, two stars for my personal enjoyment of it, plus a few bonus points for its timeliness.

TechLibrarian Dec 03, 2018

I'm surprised that I hadn't more about this book, it's really an impressive feat, and both literary and compelling. I didn't know what I was in for, but in a nutshell, there are a handful of characters whose lives are affected in some manner or other by trees. Eventually their stories converge and branch. Along the way, the author shares lots of cool facts about trees and forests (not unlike The Hidden Life of Trees, except of course that this is fiction!). As a few of the characters join protests to protect forests, conflicts arise, many of which seem to be based on real life events. This book raises questions about environmentalism, activism, sentience, ecoterrorism, etc. etc.

Be forewarned that this book is massive! In that respect and its subject matter, I'd liken it to Annie Proulx's The Barkskins. Yet, I think many people would find it worth their while, as it's thought-provoking and entertaining both. The audio is well-read, though I think I would have liked the print version as well.

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