Book Review: The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Book Review: The People in the Trees by Hanya YanagiharaTHE PEOPLE IN THE TREES
by Hanya Yanagihara

Doubleday; Aug. 13, 2013
Hardcover; 384 pages
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In 1950, young doctor Norton Perina agrees to join an anthropological expedition to Ivu ‘ivu, a Micronesian island nearly untouched by Western society. With the help of an islander, the team is able to find the mysterious “lost tribe” they wish to study — but this discovery leads to an even more important one.

Norton and company happen upon a group of exiles from the village — a group of people who are impossibly old, if the testimony of the villagers is to be believed. But immortality has a price; although “the dreamers” appear to have stopped aging at 60, they suffer extreme senility. Continue reading