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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Friday quotes: The Overstory

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City ReaderShare the opening quote from the book.
e Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's VoiceFind a quote from page 56.

Currently I'm reading...

Title: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Book Beginning: (chapter called Roots)
First there was nothing, Then was everything. Then, in a park above a western city after dusk, the air is raining messages. A woman sits on the ground, leaning against a pine. Its bark presses hard against her back. Its needles scent the air and a force hums in the heart of the wood. Her ears tune down to the lowest frequencies. The tree is saying things, in words before words.
Friday 56: (from page 64 in the chapter called Trunk in e-book)
Tonight the trees are tight-lipped, refusing to tell him anything...The moon is a blazing telephone that anyone on Earth might call him on, simply by looking up and seeing what he sees.
Comments: The Overstory is my type of story. It takes a theme, in this case trees, and explores so many aspects of the importance of trees in our lives and our history. I am about 40% way through this long e-book (510 pages.) The quote in Book Beginnings sets the stage when the trees, in trouble, seem to come alive and seek help. The Friday 56 quote is one of the characters, a paraplegic, goes out alone at night in his wheelchair to look at a tree he remembered seeing as a child. In the dark he gets no inspiration from the tree until he does! As winner of the 2019 Pulitzer, the book is scrumptiously written, but it is also a bit confusing with a cast of over nine main characters which I understand will eventually all come together some how. We'll see.


  1. I don't think this would be quite my type of book, but The Overstory does sound interesting! I hope you enjoy it.
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  2. This sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I read the kindle sample (the chapter about the Hoel family) and was captivated! Now I'm on the library hold list and hope the wait isn't too much longer. Glad you're enjoying it!

  4. Those are such interesting snippets! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  5. Beautiful writing!! Happy weekend!

  6. Sounds like a complex but interesting read. Enjoy!

  7. Now I am curious. Lovely quotes.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. I am slowly finding my groove!

  8. I've heard great things about the book, but it seems like some would love it and others hate it. A quirky read?

    1. It is a tough read. There are a lot of characters who haven't coalesced yet. There isn't much dialogue and it is long. But I am plodding along.


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