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The Man in the Tree

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Berkley
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Manny
He's rather more than two and a half meters tall. After trying various other things, he decides to join the circus. They're glad to have him. On his second day there, he's approached by a sexy woman.

"I'm a sword-swallower," she says significantly.

"Huh?" he replies.

She looks at him disbelievingly. "You mean you don't know about giants and sword-swallowers?"
Perry Whitford
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Interesting but ultimately disappointing tale of a Christ-like child in rural America who becomes, inevitably, misunderstood and hounded into isolation from society.

Gene Anderson is born with the power to bend time and reach into alternative universes, from where he can take anything back, i.e. money. He grows to be a giant, six foot by the age of nine, scaring the children and adults around him, despite a placid nature.

After he uses his powers to defend himself from the sheriff's son and accid
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badfae
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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Clayton Bye
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alternate-worlds
The Man In The Tree
by Damon Knight
Berkley, 1984
ISBN: 0-425-06006-3
Cover Illustration by Carl Lundgren
Science Fiction

Impeccably written and thought-provoking, you’ll find yourself asking “is Gene Anderson Christ or the Anti-Christ?”

This book will appeal to: Neil Gaiman fans and sci-fi buffs who enjoy the work of Bradbury.


The Man In The Tree

Gene Anderson discovers he has a talent unlike any other in the world. As such, his childhood should have been a thing of wonder. Instead, he ends up a killer
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Gregory M.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
A wonderful tale that is about Gene Anderson, a person with special powers that could have only been handed down by God. What I liked about this book is that it focuses not on the powers, but Gene's life and the people he encounters. The books starts when he is young and you follow him into many years of his adult life. Of course, not everything is easy for Gene and he has to contend with those trying to hurt him, kill him and use him as well as complex relationships and the fact he has to learn ...more
Curtis Lee
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magical-fiction
I see some low ratings for this book, and I am quite surprised! I was captivated by the characters and plot. Perhaps it's a bit simplistic for more cultured readers, but I found to weaving of mystical philosophy into the story line refreshing.
Sarah
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just found a list of books I read as a teen. I have to admit I don't remember this one, but I rated it very highly at the time.
J
Aug 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Odd book.
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Damon Francis Knight was an American science fiction author, editor, and critic.
Knight's first professional sale was a cartoon drawing to a science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. His first story, "Resilience", was published in 1941. He is best known as the author of "To Serve Man", which was adapted for The Twilight Zone. He was a recipient of the Hugo Award, founder of the Science Fiction and
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