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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mnack_0
Jul 20, 2019

I started out really loving this book - but I found the ending(s) a bit disappointing. And maybe a bit obtuse? The author REALLY knows a lot about a lot of stuff! (think "University of Chicago" - though I don't think he went there.) and that part is very interesting. But the last 150 pages were kind of a let down. :-(

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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.

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