The People in the Trees
A powerful work of visionary literary fiction from the bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award–nominated modern classic, A Little Life. It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost... show more
A powerful work of visionary literary fiction from the bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award–nominated modern classic, A Little Life.
It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Disquieting yet thrilling, The People in the Trees is an anthropological adventure story with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide.
Publish date: 2013-08-13
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Had I written this review moments after reading the final words, I might have given the book 3 stars or maybe even 2. The ending, while not entirely unexpected, managed to leave me shocked and stupefied. At first I was angered by the whole thing, then I was perplexed, then I started re-reading certa...
People of the Trees is a memoir based account of a brilliant and Nobel awarded doctor/scientist who discovers an elixir for eternal life [spoiler] a slight exaggeration, but something that would enable you to live 300-400 years [/spoiler] and who is prosecuted and convicted of child molestation. E...
After reading this author’s second book, “A Little Life”, I knew she was an author who wouldn’t disappoint. So of course I had to read her debut book, “The People in the Trees”. Once again I was completely blown away. This is the story of Norton Perina, a young scientist who is asked by an anth...
Read by Tiffany - Disturbing in so many ways. Norton Perina is the most abhorrent main character I have read through. From the beginning he is arrogant and self-absorbed.Perina is obviously gay, describing a male colleague in glowing terms (proceeding to erotic dreams), whilst a female colleague is ...
4 stars. Decided 50 - 75 pages in, Genius. The reading is like cutting through soft butter, so easy to understand complex and challenging subjects. As it continues and the subject matters continue to become more disturbing, it was like premium ice cream, I didn't want to stop. The reader is cha...
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