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The Overstory

The Overstory

作者 : Richard Powers

出版社 : HEINEMANN

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定價 : NT 499

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2018曼布克獎決選入圍!


美國書卷獎得主Richard Powers的第二十本著作!

知名加拿大作家瑪格麗特‧愛特伍盛讚「Powers不可能寫出不有趣的小說!」

 

藝術家Nicholas繼承了家族的栗子樹,這批栗子樹是由曾曾曾曾祖母種下,栗子樹們度過了枯萎病的危機,陪伴著Nicholas的家族好幾個世代。

1980年代一個喜愛玩樂的大學生Olivia,在一次嗑藥後不小心害自己被觸電了,短暫地死亡,起死回生後堅信高等智能一直在試著傳達訊息給自己。

聽力和口語能力都有障礙的科學家Patricia,童年時光和長大成人後的生活,都被樹木給圍繞著,她發現了樹木會互相交流的證據,但研究結果卻不被重視。

Neelay因為從樹上摔下來而半身不遂,但卻巧合讓他成為一個電腦資訊的專家,他最後以樹木為靈感設計出一款電玩。

這幾個素未謀面的陌生人,每個人都和樹木有所連結,最後因為世界上僅存了一片森林被招喚,他們將和樹木展開一場大探險。



 'It’s not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book.' Margaret Atwood

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most 'prodigiously talented' (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.


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. 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 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.

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.
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