The Overstory A Novel Author:Richard Powers 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 hea... more »ring- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers--each summoned in different ways by trees--are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.In his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of--and paean to--the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours--vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? "Listen. There's something you need to hear."« less
This was a difficult book for me to read because i found myself pondering and thinking over so many portions as I read. Sometimes it was a few paragraphs and sometimes it was pages. Nevertheless, there is so much here to internalize that when I finished I realized how much this read meant to me. I really enjoyed it.
All our lives we have planted and nourished trees. One year we planted 1200 and have watched them grow to maturity. Another time we planted 400 which now tower over our heads as we walk among them. A daughter gavoe us a planting of 400 trees in a national forest. It is our hope that 10,000 trees will be planted for us by the time we time.
We have loved wooden products our entire lives and when one member of the family died his children cut saplings to bring into the church for his funeral. He planted many trees and raised Christmas trees so those who wanted live trees could cut from his stands. He replaced them every year with more and more varieties. Look for the term "sustainable" forest on wooden items you purchase.
My childhood was dominated by a huge cottonwood that grew in our farm grove. We loved its shade, its height, its beauty. I don't know if it is still standing but we never cut a tree from that grove when we lived there. In our current home another huge cottonwood looms over the back side of our home. We are certain that it will outlive us and provide shade and beauty for those who follow us.
[book:The Overstory|40180098] unveiled so much about the trees and how they affect people and the earth. If only every individual who cut down a tree would plant two more we would not lose these beauties. Read this book. Ponder its messages. And, do what you can to keep our trees growing. Plant some every year!