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Greenwood (2019)

di Michael Christie

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"It's 2034 and Jake Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the world's last remaining forests. It's 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, fallen from a ladder and sprawled on his broken back, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. It's 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her father's once vast and violent timber empire. It's 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple syrup camp squat when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime that will cling to his family for decades. And throughout, there are trees: thrumming a steady, silent pulse beneath Christie's effortless sentences and working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood and blood--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light"--… (altro)
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Interesting book about a family over a century. I heard the writing of the book and it's characters referred to as the rings of a tree and this seemed a good description. The writing is well done and does a beautiful job of weaving the important theme of trees into each characters lives. Each generation has its owns challenges and to be honest not one of them has a positive outcome. But I enjoyed each of the characters and their individual paths that they took during their lives. ( )
  tinkerbellkk | Aug 23, 2021 |
An intricately plotted, multi-charactered, and multi-themed novel that spans decades (from 2038 to 1908 and back again), and which paints a plausibly dire portrait of future environmental catastrophe. Individual people, human families, and forest 'families' are all connected in this long but 'quick' read. Thanks for recommending this, Kim, of The Middle of the Book March. ( )
  booksinbed | Jul 24, 2021 |
Mysterieus. Prachtige uitgave. ( )
  marjanvaes | May 29, 2021 |
Loved this story so much! This is an important story about trees but there’s SO much more to the book than just that. There are a fabulous collection of characters who are completely unforgettable once you’ve met them; Everett, Temple, Harris, Willow, Liam, Jacinda, Feeney... Lomax and R.J. Holt. I’m left feeling like they are all real and I’m mourning their loss now that I’ve finished the book. The way their lives interact, and the way the story unfolds in strategically placed sections that jump from pasts to 2035 and back, kept me up way past my bedtime, reading on and on. There are very few books that I feel are worthy of re-reading or, that I demand returned if I lend them out, but this is one of those books. Did I mention I loved it? ( )
  JRlibrary | Mar 10, 2021 |
It's 2038 and most of the trees in the world have died in The Withering. Jake Greenwood works as tourist guide in one of the last remaining forests on the planet which wealthy tourists from all over the world come to visit. She has no family. One day, an old friend comes to visit and informs that he has proof that she is not who she thinks she is but actually someone else. The story then works backwards in time to cover the history of Jake's family right up to her great grandfather's childhood in 1908. The book then reverses course and moves forward to 2038 where Jake must make a decision that will affect the rest of her life. Most of the characters' lives are marked with unfairness, tragedy, bad decisions, and natural disasters

Trees are a main character of the book and the theme that ties the story and the characters together.

This book was well-written and hard to put down. I was invested in the characters and found myself cringing at what was coming next hoping that characters would escape the tragedy that was coming their way. The use of trees to tie together ideas, themes, characters was particularly well done. Well worth reading. ( )
  DidIReallyReadThat | Feb 26, 2021 |
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Buy we rarely get what we want in life, he said, There isn't enough room for it all to fit.
Because even after you cut a piece of wood and lay it straight, it lives on after you're finished, soaking up moisture, twisting, bowing, and warping into unintended forms. Our lives are no different.
There aren't any normal lives, son. That's the lie the hurts us the most.
What if a family isn't a tree at all? Jake thinks as they walk in silence. What if it's more like a forest? A collection of individuals pooling their resources through intertwined roots, sheltering one another from wind and weather and drought.
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"It's 2034 and Jake Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the world's last remaining forests. It's 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, fallen from a ladder and sprawled on his broken back, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. It's 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her father's once vast and violent timber empire. It's 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple syrup camp squat when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime that will cling to his family for decades. And throughout, there are trees: thrumming a steady, silent pulse beneath Christie's effortless sentences and working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood and blood--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light"--

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