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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 s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light A hearing and speech impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another These four, and five other strangers each summoned in different ways by trees are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent s few remaining acres of virgin forestIn his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of and paean to the natural world From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet the one taking place between humans and nonhumans There is a world alongside ours vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastropheThe Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity s self imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us Listen There s something you need to hear ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Lavons.co.uk then saved by falling into a banyan An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – Lavons.co.uk all of the same doomed American chestnut A hard partying undergraduate in the late s electrocutes herself ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk dies ❰Epub❯ ❧ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Lavons.co.uk and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light A hearing and speech impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another These four ➵ [Reading] ➷ If the Stiletto Fits... 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Lynn – Lavons.co.uk exploring the essential conflict on this planet the one taking place between humans and nonhumans There is a world alongside ours vast ➶ [Read] ➲ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James ➾ – Lavons.co.uk slow ☉ Vows of Revenge PDF / Epub ❤ Author Dani Collins – Lavons.co.uk interconnected ☉ Not a Fairy Tale PDF / Epub ❤ Author Romy Sommer – Lavons.co.uk resourceful ❴BOOKS❵ ✬ The Midwife and the Single Dad Author Gill Sanderson – Lavons.co.uk magnificently inventive [Reading] ➿ Small-Town Billionaire ➶ Renee Andrews – Lavons.co.uk and almost invisible to us This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastropheThe Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity s self imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative [Download] ➵ A Convenient Marriage Author Maggie Cox – Lavons.co.uk regenerating possibility of a homecoming If the trees of this earth could speak [EPUB] ✸ A French Pirouette By Jennifer Bohnet – Lavons.co.uk what would they tell us Listen There s something you need to hear Another hour Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensityPowers doing my review writing for me My reading experience ofThe Overstoryoften felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry In all likelihood that might appeal to some people, however I prefer a less arduous journey I tried to escape this book once, flinging it aside at around page 60 but several positive reviews from trusty readers and the growing likelihood that this will ma Another hour Deserts of infinite boredom punctuated by peaks of freakish intensityPowers doing my review writing for me My reading experience ofThe Overstoryoften felt like a forced march of The Appalachian Trail while being read poetry In all likelihood that might appeal to some people, however I prefer a less arduous journey I tried to escape this book once, flinging it aside at around page 60 but several positive reviews from trusty readers and the growing likelihood that this will make the MB shortlist made me put my hiking boots back on.This is not my first rodeo with Richard Powers I read his 2014 shortlisted book Orfeo a novel that deep dives into molecular biology and classical music and combines them in grand esoteric passages that at times seem barely penetrable Despite this I ended up admiring Orfeo I had hoped for something similar to occur with this book, particularly as I admire books that find ways to incorporate the hard sciences Unfortunately, I came away from this wondering if I might have been better served reading Wohlleben sSecret life of trees.I am aware Powers has a degree in Physics as well as literature and that becomes obvious in sentences like these Ten million points flicker in the falling dark, like logic gates of a circuit cranking out solutions to a calculation generations in the makingThrough the ard arch behind the checkpoint, a cell subtended hallway disappears lengthwise down an optical illusion into forever I do admire him for attempting to mesh these disciplines but it makes for a grandiose writing style and a sometimes odd juxtaposition of disciplines These being not limited to dendrology, ecology, eco warfare, computer science, psychology, mythology, poetry, evolution, and taxonomy This often verges on information dumping and threatens to lose sight of the fact this is suppose to be a novel My other major concern with this book was the understandable but ultimately unhelpful craze to anthropomorphise scientific research Wohlleben s book has garnered much attention but it is far from accepted doctrine to talk of complex tree networks as if they have intention and consciousness Powers leans heavily upon this, trees bleed sap, they have plans to travel north, they communicate intention with each other, they would talk to us if only we were listening Certainly there is scientific evidence to support communication and symbiotic relationships and much else interesting besides But it seems to me a fallacy to try to view these findings through a lens of human behaviour Is that not an egregious form of egotism on our part There are far better reviews available that discuss the ecological themes of this book, its unusual structure, the characters and why Powers might win a place on the Man Booker shortlist However, I personally subscribe to the opinion that Annie Proulx did this type of book much better with Barkskins Proulx has a warmth and knack with characters that I think is lacking in The Overstoryand I walked away from it with a much greater sense of the epic scope of ecological crisis.However, it is impossible to spend what ended up being almost two weeks with this book and not find some glimpses of brilliance I am left with a strong sense of having traveled through some delightful arboretum where tree giants are whispering just out of ear shot Much like hiking the Appalachian Trial might feel like days of misery and toil for one or two moments of transcendental bliss so goes the experience of readingThe OverstoryA slog then but not without occasional rewards.Leaving you with the oh so wise Dr Patricia Westerfold She could tell them about a simple machine needing no fuel and little maintenance, one that steadily sequesters carbon, enriches the soil, cools the ground, scrubs the air, scales easily to any size A tech that copies itself and even drops food for free A device so beautiful it s the stuff of poems If forests were patentable she d get an ovation I sit in silence, holding the paperback copy of The Overstory in my hands, thinking of trees Wondering which trees grew to become the books on my shelves Wondering which ones became the cherry tree desk my grandfather made for me Wondering how old the oak trees were that turned into the logs that made it into my wooden house, to turn into beloved bookshelves I wonder at the kind of trees that frame my paintings That give my brushes shape I even have jewellery made of wood And Swedish but I sit in silence, holding the paperback copy of The Overstory in my hands, thinking of trees Wondering which trees grew to become the books on my shelves Wondering which ones became the cherry tree desk my grandfather made for me Wondering how old the oak trees were that turned into the logs that made it into my wooden house, to turn into beloved bookshelves I wonder at the kind of trees that frame my paintings That give my brushes shape I even have jewellery made of wood And Swedish butter knives And art My fence is made of wood, and my garden holds an oak tree, an acorn, three apple trees, plum trees, three cherry trees plus a baby cherry trying to make it , AND my garden holds a three year old chestnut experiment.My daughter and I collected chestnuts one autumn and put some of them into a corner of our garden The following year, we saw a few single sticks with a leaf each coming out of the soil Then we had five or six leaves on each of the three tiny chestnut trees growing in slow motion human time perception This year, I have already checked that they are still alive, and I can see there will beleaves Will they survive I don t know, but I took a picture, imagining while I did so that I was Nick, owner of a family s collected photographic memory of a chestnut tree planted where they usually do not grow And I felt it made such perfect sense my tiny gardening project connected to my vast reading life, growing side by side as long as I am around to think and feel What do stories do This is what one character asks at a crossroads They kill us a bit and make us change And that is precisely what happened to me while I read The Overstory Filled with the pain of the world s development in recent decades, I had grown ready for this book I would not have had patience ten years ago to follow from roots over trunk to canopy and seeds the stories of people who see what others choose to ignore that humanity is using up the resources of its own habitat at a speed that nature can t cope with, and that we are unlikely to stop the trend because stopping it means destroying our most cherished religion the belief in growth and ownership We re cashing in a billion years of planetary savings bonds and blowing it on assorted bling.What to do if we see this happening, and if we don t want to see the world change from diversity to monoculture, from natural life to surviving in an adverse and hostile habitat I am as guilty of what the psychologist character in the book calls the bystander effect as anyone else I know we must change our ways to make our planet a sustainable home, but I am unable to break the patterns I was raised and taught to take for granted Reducing meat intake and plane rides is not enough We must learn to think beyond commercial benefit and growth of assets if we want to have a future that can remember us.This book is amazing, like a Tree Of Life It grew out of the need to verbalise the imminent threat to our species and its unique ability to LOVE nature in all its forms.Read it Pulitzer redeemed for as long as it takes a tree to grow Richard 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 something satiating, or it reads like a bait and switch with a breathtaking start followed by a wearisome and long winded trek to the conclusion Part 1 called Roots reads like a magnificent short story collect Richard 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 something satiating, or it reads like a bait and switch with a breathtaking start followed by a wearisome and long winded trek to the conclusion Part 1 called Roots reads like a magnificent short story collection The backstory and exposition that would normally be woven throughout a book is delivered in several rousing anecdotes Nine protagonists are introduced, their stories ranging from sweeping multi generational sagas to brief glimpses into their private lives These characters remain separate in Roots, yet their stories are united by meaningful interaction with trees Each of their stories arrives at an arresting climax before Powers hits the pause button Roots will likely appeal to fans of 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster or The Sport of Kings by C E Morgan The remaining three fourths of the book, however, are something else entirely Parts 2 through 4 called Trunk, Crown, and Seed, respectively sees these nine characters being inextricably drawn together Their lives entangle, their shared interests and unique experiences with trees drive their actions This portion of the book is arguably slower, with fewer revelations about the characters andattention dedicated to exploring themes Powers pulls back the curtain to introduce trees as a tenth character and forces us to examine our role in, and relationship to, nature All ten characters share similar beliefs, fight for the same causes, face the same external conflict while wrestling with minimal or no internal conflict , and everyone gets along It s a startling contrast to the first part of the book a harrowing and captivating intro that promises heartbreak and drama, followed by a stagnant alternative book in which the captivating backstories have very little bearing on the overall narrative At times, Powers writing is as beautiful and wondrous as nature, and his messages about activism and resistance are poignant but, ultimately, his execution is uneven and the final product is a book bloated with redundant characters The bends in the alders speak of long ago disasters Spikes of pale chinquapin flowers shake down their pollen soon they will turn into spiny fruits Poplars repeat the wind s gossip Persimmons and walnuts set out their bribes and rowans their blood red clusters Ancient oaks wave prophecies of future weather The several hundred kinds of hawthorn laugh at the single name their forced to share. This book has an interesting structure and it is well written I get what Powers is going for conceptually The character sketches, which read like short stories are wonderful But then the book gets less engaging, shall we say I stopped reading it because I just could not read onepassage of florid description about trees or visions or highways I couldn t do it But if you love trees, this is a good book for you I get why it won the Pulitzer.

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