Very disturbing read. Hanya Yanagihara is a very talented author and at times I was convinced what I was reading was a non fiction book (it was all those footnotes that convinced me!), but even though this book is based on a true story, the novel itself was fiction.
Dr. Norton Perina travels as a university student(and a poor one at that) to Ivu’Ivu, a Micronesian Island to help an anthropologist search for a lost tribe of people who have a longer than normal life expectancy.
Dr Perina’s discovery of what causes these “dreamers” to live exceptionally long lives and what he does about it is ultimately what causes the demise of the Ivu’Ivuan culture, island, and its peoples.
But even more disturbing than the ruination of this beautiful jungle home is Dr. Perina’s adoption of over 40 “lost” children and his treatment of them. Fantastic writing, but I found Dr. Perina to be a totally selfish, egotistical, arrogant character and I just could not get past his personality. 2/5 stars