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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:502 pages pages

The Overstory Reviews

  • Blair
    Sep 17, 2017

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

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

  • Shelley Ettinger
    May 10, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

  • Steve
    May 13, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

  • Ron Charles
    Apr 03, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    Apr 12, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Apr 14, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Royce Houthuijzen
    May 09, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

    If there were ten stars, I'd give all of them to this heartbreaking, wondrous book. It's beautifully written, with a poignant plot and (who knew?) a TON of new-to-me knowledge about trees. It deals with forests, wildfires, climate change -- also love, family, commitment to a cause, cou...

    Richard Powers is an incredible writer and his early successful novel "The Echo Maker" remains one of my favourite novels. He is very much a literary novelist, and his novels are often not immediate page turners, but more stories that need concentration and perhaps the right time and p...

    Wow! Richard Powers has written a masterpiece story about trees and their integral place in our (human?s) existence. He weaves his story through eight separate lives as they eventually come together into one common cause. The novel is divided cleverly into four parts; roots, trunk, c...

  • Steve Donoghue
    Apr 09, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

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

  • Jonfaith
    Apr 16, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 13, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paul Fulcher
    Feb 10, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

  • Kim
    Apr 30, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

  • Nick
    Apr 23, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

    If there were ten stars, I'd give all of them to this heartbreaking, wondrous book. It's beautifully written, with a poignant plot and (who knew?) a TON of new-to-me knowledge about trees. It deals with forests, wildfires, climate change -- also love, family, commitment to a cause, cou...

    Richard Powers is an incredible writer and his early successful novel "The Echo Maker" remains one of my favourite novels. He is very much a literary novelist, and his novels are often not immediate page turners, but more stories that need concentration and perhaps the right time and p...

    Wow! Richard Powers has written a masterpiece story about trees and their integral place in our (human?s) existence. He weaves his story through eight separate lives as they eventually come together into one common cause. The novel is divided cleverly into four parts; roots, trunk, c...

    This book reminds me of why I so rarely give a 5 to a book. I need to save the highest rating for the truly exceptional books. And this one is that. Beautifully written, timely, rich with characters, thought provoking. Thanks to Beth for bringing it to my attention! ...

    The Overstory by Richard Powers is the most important book I've read this year. Probably the most important book of the decade. It contains life-changing, life-affirming, transformative truths about the relationship between humans and our natural world. Humans must learn to be still. W...

    "The best arguments in the world won't change a person's mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story." My mind has been changed forever by this beautiful and haunting story. ...

  • Eleanor
    Apr 01, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

  • Jenni Ogden
    Mar 12, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

    If there were ten stars, I'd give all of them to this heartbreaking, wondrous book. It's beautifully written, with a poignant plot and (who knew?) a TON of new-to-me knowledge about trees. It deals with forests, wildfires, climate change -- also love, family, commitment to a cause, cou...

    Richard Powers is an incredible writer and his early successful novel "The Echo Maker" remains one of my favourite novels. He is very much a literary novelist, and his novels are often not immediate page turners, but more stories that need concentration and perhaps the right time and p...

  • Venero Armanno
    Feb 03, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Jo
    May 23, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

  • Judy
    May 15, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

    If there were ten stars, I'd give all of them to this heartbreaking, wondrous book. It's beautifully written, with a poignant plot and (who knew?) a TON of new-to-me knowledge about trees. It deals with forests, wildfires, climate change -- also love, family, commitment to a cause, cou...

  • Logan Farmer
    Jan 09, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Gisela Hausmann
    May 20, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ann
    May 13, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

    If there were ten stars, I'd give all of them to this heartbreaking, wondrous book. It's beautifully written, with a poignant plot and (who knew?) a TON of new-to-me knowledge about trees. It deals with forests, wildfires, climate change -- also love, family, commitment to a cause, cou...

    Richard Powers is an incredible writer and his early successful novel "The Echo Maker" remains one of my favourite novels. He is very much a literary novelist, and his novels are often not immediate page turners, but more stories that need concentration and perhaps the right time and p...

    Wow! Richard Powers has written a masterpiece story about trees and their integral place in our (human?s) existence. He weaves his story through eight separate lives as they eventually come together into one common cause. The novel is divided cleverly into four parts; roots, trunk, c...

    This book reminds me of why I so rarely give a 5 to a book. I need to save the highest rating for the truly exceptional books. And this one is that. Beautifully written, timely, rich with characters, thought provoking. Thanks to Beth for bringing it to my attention! ...

  • Michael Cayley
    Feb 28, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

  • Sandy
    Apr 20, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

    A beautifully written book with a strong environmental theme, centred on trees. The first part consists of a set of short stories of varying lengths in widely differing styles - a virtuoso demonstration of Richard Powers? skills as a writer of fiction. The period covered by the stori...

    If there were ten stars, I'd give all of them to this heartbreaking, wondrous book. It's beautifully written, with a poignant plot and (who knew?) a TON of new-to-me knowledge about trees. It deals with forests, wildfires, climate change -- also love, family, commitment to a cause, cou...

    Richard Powers is an incredible writer and his early successful novel "The Echo Maker" remains one of my favourite novels. He is very much a literary novelist, and his novels are often not immediate page turners, but more stories that need concentration and perhaps the right time and p...

    Wow! Richard Powers has written a masterpiece story about trees and their integral place in our (human?s) existence. He weaves his story through eight separate lives as they eventually come together into one common cause. The novel is divided cleverly into four parts; roots, trunk, c...

    This book reminds me of why I so rarely give a 5 to a book. I need to save the highest rating for the truly exceptional books. And this one is that. Beautifully written, timely, rich with characters, thought provoking. Thanks to Beth for bringing it to my attention! ...

    The Overstory by Richard Powers is the most important book I've read this year. Probably the most important book of the decade. It contains life-changing, life-affirming, transformative truths about the relationship between humans and our natural world. Humans must learn to be still. W...

  • Neil
    Jan 22, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

  • Stephanie Crowe
    Nov 07, 2017

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Patrick Hanlon
    May 21, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So much that I absolutely adored in this. Moving and powerful and terrifying, but minor reservations are holding me back from 5 stars. Proper review to follow. ...

    How do you explain a Richard Powers book? The intense focus, the erudition, the present tense, the style indirect libre? The sentences that stop you in your tracks? The subject this time is trees, the giants of slow time who intersect with our lives, unknown to us. Stories of rando...

    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...

    "A good answer is worth reinventing from scratch again and again." Overstory has been an entrancing, exhausting and exhilarating read. Richard Powers has completed an ambitious, bleak book that could be put in a time capsule as a document of our avarice and myopia, and to the power ...

  • Bruce Katz
    Mar 21, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

  • Grace Sanchez
    Apr 29, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dax
    Mar 10, 2018

    Richard Powers?s ?The Overstory? soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction. Long celebrated for his compelling, cerebral books, Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories ...

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

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

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...