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
ISBN:The Overstory
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:502 pages pages

The Overstory Reviews

  • Greg Zimmerman
    Jun 01, 2018
    First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... Look, I realize talking you in to a 500-page novel about trees could be a tough sell. But what if I told you that Richard Powers' new novel The Overstory could quite literally change your life. It's that powerful; as immense...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • Blair
    Sep 17, 2017
    The Overstory is the second Richard Powers book I have read ? after Plowing the Dark ? and although I liked this a lot more, I find it equally difficult to talk about. Perhaps it's simply the scope of it: the cast of characters alone is vast, and if I start trying to write a summ...
  • Shelley Ettinger
    May 10, 2018
    Well. A long rant has been percolating in my head while I read this overpraised novel by a writer I try over and over and whose work over and over fails to wow me, which is putting it kindly. Lately I've read a number of the 'what to do about great men/geniuses who are also sexual assa...
  • Eddie Watkins
    Jun 11, 2018
    Consciousness game changer. ...
  • Ron Charles
    Apr 03, 2018
    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Apr 14, 2018
    I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm one-brained and I'll never be anything more than one-brained, and that is reason I'll never be able to share with you the amazingness o...
  • Sarah Tittle
    Jun 18, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Steve Donoghue
    Apr 09, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Robert
    Aug 05, 2018
    Here's the review: https://deucekindred.wordpress.com/20... ...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Feb 10, 2018
    The Overstory is the first Richard Powers novel I have read but he, and indeed this book, comes highly recommended (not least by my good Goodreads friend Neil) and this was certainly a striking if flawed read. The first part of the novel consists of 8 separate short stories (rangin...
  • Trudie
    Aug 15, 2018
    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...
  • Betsy Robinson
    Jul 21, 2018
    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
    "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
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Carmen
    Jun 18, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    Two quotes from different parts of this book: "The best arguments in the world won?t change a person?s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." And "Yes! And what do all good stories do?" There are no takers. Neelay holds up his arms and extends his palms in...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Aug 09, 2018
    This book begins by giving the stories of a disparate group of individuals with different professions and backgrounds, and their interactions with the world of trees. And so I would like to start my review by commending the reviews of a number of my Goodreads friends - a photograph...
  • Greg
    Aug 02, 2018
    I must congratulate Powers for taking on such a huge issue: the destruction of forests. A popular author of a "message book" doesn't want to alienate readership as the very people who need to read a book won't. But that's what Powers does wrong, and he does it wrong bigly. The first th...
  • 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...
  • Meike
    Jul 01, 2018
    Now Longlisted 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 understan...
  • But_i_thought_
    Jul 30, 2018
    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...
  • Dax
    Mar 10, 2018
    I received an ARC from WW Norton through the goodreads giveaway program. It is evident from the very first page that Powers has an agenda with his latest novel ?The Overstory.? Powers wants us to realize that we have a Midas problem. Human beings have established a culture of in...