The People In The Trees
ISBN: 0345803310
EAN13: 9780345803313
Language: English
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Pages: 496
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 7.8" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A Best Book of the Year
The Wall Street Journal * Publishers Weekly * Huffington Post * Cosmopolitan
A Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book

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. It marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in American fiction.

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   waste of time
It began with great promise, but soon left me so bored that I had to force myself to finish it.
   Better than her other novel
I read this book recently after reading her other novel, A Little Life. I have seen several reviews that this book is better and I would have to agree. Although it was not as graphic or descriptive as her second book, this seemed much more straight forward, believable and interesting. A Little Life is located literally twice as long as necessary at 700+ pages. She definitely took a much different approach with this one, and I enjoyed it.
   Disappointing and more!!
After reading A Little Life, which I thought was one of the best books I ever read, I was hopeful that the people in the trees would be a good read. It was, however, very disappointing. The subject matter offered some possibilities, but the follow-through was deficient and the story moved in some disturbing directions. Honestly, to say that it was disappointing is an understatement! I will probably not try another writer by this author.
   A wierd and disturbing story.
I couldn 't decide whether I liked it or not, but went with the positive side because it was such a unique storyline and stayed with me long after I finished. I would recommend reading only if you are not squirmy about abuses of power... inflicted on many, many levels. Here is no spoiler, so I say nothing more.
   This was one of the most statisfying books I've read ...
This was one of the most statisfying books I have ever read in years.
   Page turner
Sometimes it is shocking and sometimes it is intricate. Superb writing style, a bit drawn out, but worth the sleepless nights. Great hope for life's fictional mystery.
   well written, exotic, different
After a lot of muding through the beginning, Norton arrives on a very interesting pacific island... the plot is amazing... the ending is satisfying.
   A unique and captivating read.
I loved this book, and could barely put it down ''. I loved how she cloaked two nartors and intertwined this thriller as a scientific treatise on this fictional island, with footnotes and all. It stayed with me for days after the end. I really liked the ending as well, but I won 't say anything more about it.
   Not for everyone
It is probably a 4.5 for me, but I went and gave it 5 to make up for people who give it a low rating because they don 't like the subject. In the end, I know the subject is not for the faint of heart, but the story is wonderfully told and a big part of the story is how humans destroy everything on Earth. From plants, wildlife, water and air, to other humans. I love the way she writes . She has a way of telling a story that just grabs you. She is a wonderful author.
   Yanagihara is a great writer but this book is not for me
This book's first 34 was such an interesting story, with the exploration of an untouched culture through the eyes of a very biased anti-hero revealing something of wonder, exemplifying the flaw in the ambitions of man. Then the book shifts in a slightly unpleasant, cringey twist for him, trying to make amends in an unconventional, somewhat suspicious way. Finally, the last few pages end unexpectedly and unfortunately ties it all together. The author Hanya Yanagihara is an unbelievable author but this read was personally a waste of time due to the sickening scenes of child sexual abuse.