The Overstory

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 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired sc An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherit...

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Title:The Overstory
Author:Richard Powers
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:502 pages pages

The Overstory Reviews

  • Greg Zimmerman
    Jun 01, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

  • Blair
    Sep 17, 2017

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

  • Shelley Ettinger
    May 10, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...

  • Dorothy
    May 31, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

  • Eddie Watkins
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

  • Steve
    May 13, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

  • Ron Charles
    Apr 03, 2018

    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 ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Apr 14, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

  • Sarah Tittle
    Jun 18, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

  • Steve Donoghue
    Apr 09, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

  • Jonfaith
    Apr 16, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 13, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

  • Paul Fulcher
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

  • Andy
    Jun 07, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...

    extraordinary book centred on our evolving understanding of trees and the biomes they support and the complexity and intelligence of the ecosystems they represent the environmental scientific messages were well blended with a set of well realised characters and story-lines first se...

  • Craig Werner
    May 31, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...

    extraordinary book centred on our evolving understanding of trees and the biomes they support and the complexity and intelligence of the ecosystems they represent the environmental scientific messages were well blended with a set of well realised characters and story-lines first se...

    Maybe Powers' finest novel, which means it deserves a place on the shelf of the most compelling American fiction of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Overstory weaves together eight (human) plot lines, but more importantly, subordinates those lines to a vision of life as a we...

  • Eleanor
    Apr 01, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

  • Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
    Apr 08, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

  • Venero Armanno
    Feb 03, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

  • Jo
    May 23, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

  • Logan Farmer
    Jan 09, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

  • Gisela Hausmann
    May 20, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...

    extraordinary book centred on our evolving understanding of trees and the biomes they support and the complexity and intelligence of the ecosystems they represent the environmental scientific messages were well blended with a set of well realised characters and story-lines first se...

    Maybe Powers' finest novel, which means it deserves a place on the shelf of the most compelling American fiction of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Overstory weaves together eight (human) plot lines, but more importantly, subordinates those lines to a vision of life as a we...

    Richard Powers is a stunning writer and I have enjoyed all his books so I was keen to read this. It didn't disappoint. It's a book as big as the giant trees he writes about, and it twists and turns and branches much like a tree but with a central environmental theme, just like a trunk....

    I had to read ?The Overstory? by Richard Powers for a project. 500 pages. ?Yawn? you might think? Many of us have experienced this ? having to read a tome for work, me too. (Usually it?s not a great experience. ) Never ever have I been so happy that I ?had to read...

  • Carmen
    Jun 18, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

  • David Joy
    Jun 12, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

  • Neil
    Jan 22, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

  • Stephanie Crowe
    Nov 07, 2017

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

  • Laura Spira
    Jun 07, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...

    extraordinary book centred on our evolving understanding of trees and the biomes they support and the complexity and intelligence of the ecosystems they represent the environmental scientific messages were well blended with a set of well realised characters and story-lines first se...

    Maybe Powers' finest novel, which means it deserves a place on the shelf of the most compelling American fiction of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Overstory weaves together eight (human) plot lines, but more importantly, subordinates those lines to a vision of life as a we...

    Richard Powers is a stunning writer and I have enjoyed all his books so I was keen to read this. It didn't disappoint. It's a book as big as the giant trees he writes about, and it twists and turns and branches much like a tree but with a central environmental theme, just like a trunk....

  • Bruce Katz
    Mar 21, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

  • Grace Sanchez
    Apr 29, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...

    It begins with the roots. Major characters are introduced seemingly with no connection to each other. But with the trunk, the connections become clear, and like the sap rising, reaching to the crown, branching out over the country, illustrating the connectivity between every person, ev...

    Provocative and powerful! It gives one pause about how cavalier man is when it comes the natural world and how little we understand and appreciate the gifts offered by nature. Powers relates insightful tales of how a group of passionate individuals took responsibility for saving trees ...

    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...

    extraordinary book centred on our evolving understanding of trees and the biomes they support and the complexity and intelligence of the ecosystems they represent the environmental scientific messages were well blended with a set of well realised characters and story-lines first se...

    Maybe Powers' finest novel, which means it deserves a place on the shelf of the most compelling American fiction of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Overstory weaves together eight (human) plot lines, but more importantly, subordinates those lines to a vision of life as a we...

    Richard Powers is a stunning writer and I have enjoyed all his books so I was keen to read this. It didn't disappoint. It's a book as big as the giant trees he writes about, and it twists and turns and branches much like a tree but with a central environmental theme, just like a trunk....

    I had to read ?The Overstory? by Richard Powers for a project. 500 pages. ?Yawn? you might think? Many of us have experienced this ? having to read a tome for work, me too. (Usually it?s not a great experience. ) Never ever have I been so happy that I ?had to read...

    One could never fault Richard Powers for sparing any details about any subject or person in his books. Some people may find it overwhelming but I find it enlightening. Have you ever apologized to a tree because of climate change? Do you feel different when you?re in a forest or out i...

  • Dax
    Mar 10, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

  • Marius
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 ...

    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...

    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...

    The only thing that really counts is hoarding a little bit more. There's a strange thread running through this novel. It concerns a psychologist and his work on cognitive blindness. The theme is hammered home repeatedly with resounding force and frequency: we can't identify with pla...

    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...

    Highly recommended to those who value the character=centric, plotdriven novel about important contemporary issues. Powers has all his stuff lined up and under control. There is of course a degree of ambiguity missing from the power struggle ; there are good guys and bad guys, which may...

    I can't stop thinking about this book. A sprawling literary eco-epic, The Overstory is the kind of novel that changes people. It's a riveting call to arms and a bitter indictment of our wasteful culture. More than this, it's an incredibly human story with a huge cast of rich characters...

    In this latest novel by one of the best living writers, the world's trees are talking, murmuring to a handful of very different individual humans - murmuring strange and quietly alarming things about the future of the world. This is a writer who's not at all afraid of exploring a weird...

    A brilliant treatise on the value of trees and nature, the interconnection between all things, humans (unfortunately, more often as destroyers than nurturers) included. The structure of the novel resembles something like vast root networks coalescing into tree structures - nine charact...

    Trying to explain Richard Powers' Overstory a few weeks back I told someone that it was as if Wendell Berry had written a work of magical realism. I don't know if that's exactly right or not now, but I know that this novel is something different than anything else I've ever read. When ...

    When you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down. ...

    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...

    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...

    Consciousness game changer. ...

    13MAY18. Two chapters in and I'm hooked. That first chapter had me weeping, and I mean weeping. Absolutely unbelievable. Published solo it would win Story Of The Year. (Somewhere. Whatever. You know what I mean.) 14MAY18. So I pop in here this morning to add to yesterday's thoughts,...

    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...

    Richard Powers is fast making his way into my favourite writers of all time (a permanently shifting category that at the moment includes A.S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, and William Thackeray). The Overstory, his latest book, is maybe his most ambitious yet: it seeks, essentially, to instill i...

    I don't know why it took me so long to read Richard Powers! I love books with meat and heft, that tackle big questions but can also zero in on nuances of everyday life. He really achieves that in the two novels I've read of his (the other is Orfeo). The size of this book may be intimid...

    4.5 Stars All it really took for me to pick this up instantly was that it was about trees and it probably helps your enjoyment of this book if you are a tree person and/or have seen the big trees of California or maybe those things don?t matter. Either way trees are the central ch...

    I can't imagine how to assign a "star" value to this book. I mean, I have no idea what 5 stars or 4 stars might signify with regards to a work like this. But I feel obliged to do something... This is exactly what one would expect from a Powers novel: numerous passages of gorgeous writi...

    Trees compose the overstory on Earth; the rest of us lesser creatures and plants compose the understory. We humans in our arrogance and hubris designate ourselves as THE sentient beings. Little do we ken the emotional, intellectual, and social life of trees. We are only beginning to ha...

    ?ymus JAV ra?ytojas Richardas Powersas pas mus bevek ne?inomas ir neverstas, o jo romanai, kuriuose da?niausiai kalbama apie mokslo ir technologij? ?tak? pasauliui ir ?monijai, pateikiama (ir labai patraukliai) gausyb? ?vairi? fakt?, o siu?etas da?nai ?temptas ir gana in...