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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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:502 pages pages

The Overstory Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 09, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

  • Cheri
    Aug 18, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

  • Blair
    Sep 17, 2017

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

  • Ron Charles
    Apr 03, 2018

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

    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 ...

  • Sarah Tittle
    Jun 18, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

  • Peter Boyle
    Jul 22, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

  • Canadian Reader
    Aug 20, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

  • Steve Donoghue
    Apr 09, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

      LAMENT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE   Then the great conifers Ruffled at home on the high hills. They had no premonition of the axe Hurtling towards them on its parabola. Or of the shipyard. Or of what other lands They would glimpse from the lift of the ocean swell. The quotation ...

    One mark of an exceptional novel is the novelist?s ability to surprise and even shock the reader by eliciting interest, even fascination, in a topic previously of no interest. Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell novels, Patrick O?Brian?s Aubrey-Maturin novels, and J. G. Farrell?s...

    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

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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...

  • Dianne
    Aug 25, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

  • Paul Fulcher
    Feb 10, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

  • Trudie
    Aug 15, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

  • Krista
    Aug 16, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

  • Betsy Robinson
    Jul 21, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

  • Melki
    Aug 03, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

  • Marchpane
    Aug 14, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

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

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

      LAMENT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE   Then the great conifers Ruffled at home on the high hills. They had no premonition of the axe Hurtling towards them on its parabola. Or of the shipyard. Or of what other lands They would glimpse from the lift of the ocean swell. The quotation ...

    One mark of an exceptional novel is the novelist?s ability to surprise and even shock the reader by eliciting interest, even fascination, in a topic previously of no interest. Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell novels, Patrick O?Brian?s Aubrey-Maturin novels, and J. G. Farrell?s...

    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...

    Reading this book is the literary equivalent of watching BBC?s ?Planet Earth? series ? an experience that fills you with awe at the wonders and wisdom of the natural world, and a simultaneous sense of the insignificance (and transience) of mankind. Sweeping in scope and del...

    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...

  • Logan Farmer
    Jan 09, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

  • Helene Jeppesen
    Sep 15, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

  • Carmen
    Jun 18, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

      LAMENT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE   Then the great conifers Ruffled at home on the high hills. They had no premonition of the axe Hurtling towards them on its parabola. Or of the shipyard. Or of what other lands They would glimpse from the lift of the ocean swell. The quotation ...

    One mark of an exceptional novel is the novelist?s ability to surprise and even shock the reader by eliciting interest, even fascination, in a topic previously of no interest. Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell novels, Patrick O?Brian?s Aubrey-Maturin novels, and J. G. Farrell?s...

    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...

    Reading this book is the literary equivalent of watching BBC?s ?Planet Earth? series ? an experience that fills you with awe at the wonders and wisdom of the natural world, and a simultaneous sense of the insignificance (and transience) of mankind. Sweeping in scope and del...

    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...

    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

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Hugh
    Jul 24, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

  • Neil
    Jan 22, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Aug 09, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

  • Roger Brunyate
    Jun 24, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

      LAMENT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE   Then the great conifers Ruffled at home on the high hills. They had no premonition of the axe Hurtling towards them on its parabola. Or of the shipyard. Or of what other lands They would glimpse from the lift of the ocean swell. The quotation ...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Jul 28, 2018

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

  • Dan Friedman
    Aug 15, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

      LAMENT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE   Then the great conifers Ruffled at home on the high hills. They had no premonition of the axe Hurtling towards them on its parabola. Or of the shipyard. Or of what other lands They would glimpse from the lift of the ocean swell. The quotation ...

    One mark of an exceptional novel is the novelist?s ability to surprise and even shock the reader by eliciting interest, even fascination, in a topic previously of no interest. Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell novels, Patrick O?Brian?s Aubrey-Maturin novels, and J. G. Farrell?s...

  • Meike
    Jul 01, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

  • But_i_thought_
    Jul 30, 2018

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

    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 ...

    Update: on reflection, I got a bit excited about having a new Richard Powers book to read and I have definitely, despite what I say below, read better books this year. Consequently, my rating has dropped to 4 stars. There is also the fact that Powers himself has written several books b...

    This amazing book connects specific trees to people or families and then the stories come together and morph into being about the environment, how trees relate to each other, and this underlying theme of personal and natural histories that always play out. Decisions have long-reaching ...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 This is the most ambitious and complex book on the Booker longlist, and two thirds of the way through it, I was pretty sure it was heading for five stars and being one of the best books I have read this year. Sadly, I found the last part rath...

    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Richard Powers goes eco-fiction: In "The Overstory", the real protagonists are trees - living, breathing, communicating, ever-evolving, hard-working, intelligent trees. Okay, there are also people, but the quest they are on is to understa...

    This book was many things at the same time. It was bewildering, yet intriguing. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued with the subject matter of trees and the characters we are introduced to - the events they go through are fascinating! But I was also bewildered at the writing styl...

    Another hour. Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensity Powers doing my review writing for me. My reading experience of The Overstory often felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry. In all likelihood that might appea...

    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker. 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 ...

    As per the end of my review, the book has now deservedly recalled but for lots of reasons (not least that the Booker really does not need another American based male author winning it) I hope it does not win the gold. This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of i...

    "Thank you for the tools. The chests. The decking. The clothes closets. The paneling. I forget . . . Thank you," she says, following the ancient formula. "For all the gifts that you have given." And still not knowing how to stop, she adds, "We're sorry. We didn't know how hard it i...

    I reckon everyone has a tree story. Here's mine. When I was a boy, our family planted a wood of sitka spruce and lodgepole pine on a stretch of wasteland that surrounded our farm. The government provided a grant to pay for this, and the annual subsidies that the forest generated helped...

    4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars ?We lived on a street where the tall elm shade Was as green as the grass and as cool as a blade That you held in your teeth as we lay on our backs Staring up at the blue and the blue stared back ?I used to believe we were just like those trees We'd ...

    Immediately after inhaling the first two pages of this book, I screamed, "Thank you!" To whom, I'm not sure. Then throughout the book, I re-erupted with it, sometimes to Richard Powers, sometimes to whatever force allowed me to understand what came through Powers, through the page, thr...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    The Overstory is a big, ambitious, urgent, impassioned, and fact-filled novel. By turns, fascinating, stimulating, frustrating, and fatiguing, the novel?s central premise is that humans aren?t the stars of the show they think they are. They are only one part (and a blind, brutal,...

    A very erudite and weighty saga that took me over a week to read. It?s excellent, but at the same time, I really wanted it to be over so I could move on to another book. This is a novel where full attention must be paid. Still, the truth is I learned a ton about the world of trees...

    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 a thought-provoking and dense novel that seems longer than its 500-ish pages. While I found it slow to start with, it?s a book that rewards patience. Nine characters are introduced in what appear to be unconnected but thematically linked short stories. It?s a le...

    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 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...

    The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story. I had a vague idea what Richard Powers' The Overstory was going to be about ? a love letter to trees and an appeal for their protection ? but after having been so i...

      LAMENT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE   Then the great conifers Ruffled at home on the high hills. They had no premonition of the axe Hurtling towards them on its parabola. Or of the shipyard. Or of what other lands They would glimpse from the lift of the ocean swell. The quotation ...

    One mark of an exceptional novel is the novelist?s ability to surprise and even shock the reader by eliciting interest, even fascination, in a topic previously of no interest. Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell novels, Patrick O?Brian?s Aubrey-Maturin novels, and J. G. Farrell?s...

    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...

    Reading this book is the literary equivalent of watching BBC?s ?Planet Earth? series ? an experience that fills you with awe at the wonders and wisdom of the natural world, and a simultaneous sense of the insignificance (and transience) of mankind. Sweeping in scope and del...