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The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
  

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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, Amitav Ghosh and Paul Theroux.

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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...

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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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Hanya Yanagihara

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Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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9780857898951

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