The People in the Trees pdf, Book, Summary, by  Hanya Yanagihara

The People in the Trees pdf Book Summary 

The People in the Trees pdf book is the 2013 debut novel of author Hanya Yanagihara. 

The bulk of the novel is made up of the fictional memoirs of Dr. Abraham Norton Perina, a scientific researcher who discovers a turtle with life-prolonging qualities on the fictional island of Ivu’ivu.

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. 

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The People in the Trees pdf Book Author – Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara, author of The People in the Trees pdf book was born in 1975 in Los Angeles. Her father, hematologist/oncologist Ronald Yanagihara, is from Hawaii, and her mother was born in Seoul. Yanagihara is partly of Japanese descent through her father.As a child, Yanagihara moved frequently with her family, living in Hawaii, New York, Maryland, California and Texas. She attended Punahou High School in Hawaii. Her books include The People in the Trees, 2013, A Little Life, 2015, To Paradise, 2022

The People in the Trees pdf Book Information

The people in the trees pdf book
The people in the trees pdf book
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0345803310
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Anchor; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780345803313
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0345803313
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.13 x 1.15 x 7.95 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #51,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #539 in Cultural Heritage Fiction
  • #5,287 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • #9,674 in American Literature (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars    1,078 ratings

The People in The Trees pdf Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Exhaustingly inventive and almost defiant in its refusal to offer redemption or solace. . . . As for Yanagihara, she is a writer to marvel at.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A mystery story, an ecological parable, a monstrous confession, and a fascinating consideration of moral relativism. . . . A triumph of the imagination.” —Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See

“Haunting. . . . A standout novel . . . thrilling.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating and multilayered. . . . [Yanagihara’s] storytelling is masterful. . . . Hugely ambitious and entertaining.” —The Boston Globe
“A deeply satisfying adventure story. . . . Provokes discussions about science, morality and our obsession with youth.” —Chicago Tribune
“Hauntingly strange and utterly convincing. . . .  A novel you will finish and immediately want to read again; a complex, elegant and wonderfully troubling debut.” —Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet
“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 (London)
“An engrossing, beautifully detailed, at times amazing (and shocking) novel.” —Paul Theroux, author of The Lower River and The Great Railway Bazaar 
“By turns brilliant, provocative and profoundly sobering.” —Independent on Sunday (London)
“Captivating—and thoroughly unsettling.” —Vogue
“Impossible to resist. . . . Packed with a symphony of complex themes made accessible by the sheer poetry of [Yanagihara’s] prose. . . . [A] brilliantly told story.” —The Daily Mail (London)
“A Nabokovian phantasmagoria. . . . Hanya Yanagihara is a writer to watch.” —Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Color of Night and All Souls’ Rising
“Engrossing.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Richly imagined. . . . Striking and highly satisfying.” —The Guardian (London)
“Astonishing. . . . Riveting.” —Interview magazine
“Pulses with big ideas. . . . Masterful. . . . [An] audacious, beautifully wrought tragedy.” —The Toronto Star

Reviews of the Book by Amazon Verified Buyers


5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021

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Its 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 matter.
In the end I know the subject matter is one 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 really love the way she writes. A Little Life is one of my favorite books. She really has a way of telling a story that just grabs you. She’s a wonderful author.

K. Thomas

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fictionalization of a famous episode in the an nals of anthropology
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2014

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I am an anthropologist by training with a degree (1970) from the University of Chicago. When I was studying the societies of Polynesia and Micronesia, one of the famous case studies involved Dr. Daniel Gajdusek and the disease of kuru amount the South Fore people of New Guinea. Kuru was the first prion disease (think “mad-cow” disease now) discovered in humans and was found only in New Guinea. It turned out to be transmitted mainly by cannibalism – when one tribe defeated another in battle, to honor the dead and take on the most heroic qualities of the dead, the victorious tribe would eat the brains of the vanquished. The irony was, the one quality of the dead which thereby was taken on was the neurological disease of kuru, which was transmitted through the brain tissue of the dead. The People in the Trees is a great re-imagining, and novelization of this whole story. I urge you to read the book first, and then check out Daniel Gajdusek on Wikipedia. You’ll see what a great job the novelist has done in using this story as a jumping off point for the novel.

The book reminds me a lot of State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, a book which received much acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards. I love Ann Patchett and her novels State of Wonder and Bel Canto, bt I think The People in the Trees pdf book outshines State of Wonder. It gets more into the crucial issues in anthropology of how studying a people can negatively impact those people and their culture and how in seeking to “rescue” primitive cultures and people you can destroy them. This book is a must read, both for how engrossing and well-written it is, and for the big questions it asks. It is brilliant.

William D. Brisbane

5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible narrative mix of fact, fiction & myth. A novel of Genius
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019

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I was totally unfamiliar with this ‘incident, with Dr. Perina, his life & Nobel prize, these islands’ and this author before purchasing and reading this novel. I couldn’t be more impressed now that I’ve finished it; this book just grabs hold of the reader and won’t let go until the very end. It’s INCREDIBLE, both the fact and the fiction & least not the author’s skill and craftsmanship in putting it all together and telling it in such readable & convincing fashion. Yes, I read it starting with 0 knowledge of the the actors and what went on and other readers more aware of the story’s inspiration may be less captivated, but this is undenably what a topnotch novel should be…it makes you want to read without stop and procure more information about the facts and story both while reading and afterwards.


5.0 out of 5 stars Was so engrossed in the story, that I had to remind myself that it was fiction.
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2014

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It started out a bit slow, with memories from the protagonist’s childhood, but it quickly became extremely interesting. I felt like this book was a literary way of inception. Yanagihara wrote a book about a guy who is finishing and adding footnotes to the book that was written by the protagonist of the story who wrote it in jail. Confusing? Well, once you start reading, it’s actually really fascinating. I read this book on my kindle, and the footnotes were a quick jump back and forth to the end of the chapter, but then back to the story. It took me a few times to get it right, but after I got the hang of the jump, it worked out really well. I feel like I learned so much about this population of people that often times, I had to remind myself the book is a work of fiction. Also, the ending made me sick to my stomach. I wished that the story didn’t end that way, but damn, what a way to end the book. Bravo Hanya Yanagihara. Best book I’ve read in a long long time.

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