I was thoroughly captivated by the beautiful, impactful, stunning, and breathtaking writing by Richard Powers, in The Overstory. The prose was poetic, within its strong statements, and with the vivid word imagery.
Trees and their beauty, their communal ways of being and protecting not only the earth, man, and their own kind, are memorialized within the pages, and given high honor, within the deep tribute. Their connection to the earth goes beyond any visual, or perception, or preconceived idea that we have of them. Powers brings a realized aspect in defining their power, power lasting over 370 million years.
Trees, although cut down by man, himself, still hold powers of positivity that reign supreme within the landscapes of earth and time. Their ability to shape so many unseen lives, literally, within the scope of their very being is an amazing feat, not only of nature, but of perseverance within the realms of their very essence. They are a treasure, and should be held on a pedestal.
There are basically two stories within the novel, each one affecting the other, dramatically, with activism towards the living world of trees. The characters weave their own connections, networks, within their staunch beliefs. Those beliefs eventually branch out to other individuals, and extend to various communities. The trees, themselves, become strong forces, within the focus of man’s destruction, and also of man’s determination to save them, resisting corporate financial strength and power.
Trees, living forms, in their own right, have been diminished by man, used, abused, and handled without care. Their story needed to be told, in a humanistic manner, yet not sugar-coated. Richard Powers masterfully depicted, with amazing prose and imagery, the magnificence, devotion to man, and power of trees, within the scheme of human need, connectivity, and also man’s love and devotion towards them.
The Overstory won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in fiction.
Copyright Lorri M.