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The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

The story of the life of Norton from his childhood in Indiana to his eventual acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1974, through to his arrest for sexual abuse in 1995. It is an extraordinary story written in a dry and utterly convincing manner where it is difficult to like the man’s character but this somehow enhances the story. It is a tale of the discovery of an ancient race of people and the eventual development of their Pacific island. It is based on the true story of the Nobel Prizewinner, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, shocking, sad and very troubling.

If you like Hanya Yanagihara you might also like to read books by Jeffrey Eugenides, Paul Theroux and Amitav Ghosh.

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The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumoured lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub 'The Dreamers', who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price...

Reviews

'An absorbing, intelligent and uncompromising novel which beguiles and unnerves. The first memorable novel of 2014 is already here' -- Independent

'Told in the form of a memoir in the voice of the extremely unlikeable Perina, it is impossible to resist being drawn into the mind of this brilliant but depraved man. And to feel a little disturbed at having enjoyed such a strange but brilliantly told story. The book is packed with a symphony of complex themes made accessible by the sheer poetry of the author's prose' -- Daily Mail

'Power and its abuses are at the heart of this beautifully written debut... Striking and highly satisfying. Yanagihara's ambitious debut is one to be lauded.' -- Guardian

'Feels like a National Geographic story by way of Conrad's Heart of Darkness... the world Yanagihara conjures up, full of dark pockets of mystery, is magical.' -- The Times

About the Author

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.

She currently works as editor-at-large at Conde Nast Traveler in New York City. (source:www.cntraveler.com)

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Book Info

Publication date

5th February 2015

Author

Hanya Yanagihara

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857898975

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