Like many other reviewers, I was drawn to ‘The People in the Trees’ after reading and loving ‘A Little Life’.
I had read excerpts of the book that were floating around online, and decided to swiftly purchase it. But what the excerpts didn’t include was the book’s preface, in which the reader finds out that this is a memoir of Dr. Whatever trying to defend his reputation after being charged for pedophelia.
This book was written in 2013, 5 years before the #MeToo Movement, and I don’t believe that it’s aged well. It seems that Yanagihara wrote this to push her readers to think about ‘moral relativity’ and question whether someone can be respected as a genius even if they sexually abuse children. I think the answer to this thought experiment is no.
Yanagihara’s writing is of course beautiful, but after finishing the book I felt like it was a waste of time.