A Little Life
A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeaka...more
(AND 5 THINGS I DIDN'T)
Everyone’s talking about Hanya Yanagihara’s Booker- and National Book Award-nominated blockbuster novel. There are lots of 5 star raves on this site. Many people are saying it’s one of the most incredible books they’ve ever read. I hate to be the outlier or considered cold-hearted (I’m not! I cry over books and movies ALL THE TIME!!!). The book took me just under 2 weeks to finish, and I’m glad I read it. I liked it, I really liked it! B ...more
And it started out so well! The writing is actually gorgeous. I can see why many, many people like this book. Really, Hanya Yanagihara knows how to use language. Unfortunately, the story she told was not worthy of it. The longer I read this book, the more I dreaded reading it, the worse my feelings got as I read, and the more I hated it for existing. Then I read a bunch of interviews by her and hated the book even more.
The long and short of it is that this book is nothing but mise ...more
At this point, I'm not certain whether this is a positive or negative review. There's no doubt that this book is beautifully-written and contains some of the most raw and honest prose I've ever had the pleasure or misfortune of reading, but it's a
A LITTLE LIFE is a title with 3 meanings. First, it refers to its protagonist, Jude, a man who cannot ever accept that his life is worthwhile. Second, it refers to the act of reading it, spending time in this book is really like living a version of life.
There is a third meaning, one that you don't discover until around halfway through the book when ...more
What Hanya Yanagihara does with A Little Life is nothing nearly as pretentious as that paragraph above. Somehow in 720 pages, s ...more
After pushing through and trying to motivate myself to finish this book just to see if there's more to it or some kind of message there... I'm putting this book down for good.
90% in. Normally, I would have kept going just to find out what happens to the characters, but honestly I care so litt ...more
If you want to find yourself sobbing late at night for characters you grow so attached to and have to put down the book for a while… this is it.
It’s been a very long time since a book utterly broke me.
Beautifully written character driven book (see I like them sometimes!) about our friends meeting in university in New York. It’s about their lives, their careers, their friendships, their high points but mostly their low ones.
Trigger warnings for… everything. ...more
i am at a complete loss, in a devastatingly beautiful way; but how comforting it is to know that a story about a little life has become such a significant part of mine.
↠ 5 stars
Two months. Books usually don't take me this long to be read. Even long books don't. So what's the reason I was stuck with this book for so long?
Let's see. The never ending suffering and pain. The exaggerated and gross cruelty. The sadistic hopelessness. That's why.
I had such high expectations. And it would have been so easy to meet them. All I longed for while reading thi ...more
Around page 150 of Hanya Yanagihara’s second novel, A Little Life, which follows four friends from their college years into their fifties, I wrote the following in my notes:
I am more excited about Hanya Yanagihara and her work and her career than I have been about any author in a really long time.
Around page 200 I wrote this:
Is Jude’s suffering perhaps a tad overwrought? It is starting to seem like everything ...more
I decided to spend some of my weekend, which turned out to be all day today, catching up on some reading. I started A Little Life sometime in January, but had to put it down a few times due to time restrictions on other books. Plus, this book is colossal. It's a smidge over 700 pages.
I'll start by saying that I can't recollect the last time I felt so connected to characters in a story. I was so consumed with the fou ...more
Reading the blurb, you'll get the idea that this work is about 4 college friends and their lives, but that's not entirely true. While each of the 4 main characters, and in fact all the characters in the book, are fully realized with extraordinary character development, the book is really about ...more
There are many excellent reviews out there should you wish to delve into the micro details of the plot. But it's not my style to give so much away so I'll limit myself to a few lines on this. Ostensibly it's the tale of four students (Jude, Willem, M ...more
It should be thrown with great force. Dorothy Parker
Proudly Manipulating Readers into nth Degree of Misery and Sorrow
I hated this book. I cannot recall another that so raised my ire. An über liberal pre-meditated wah-wah, going so far into the wimper-sphere that it might be seen as an ironic harbinger of middle America’s 2016 backlash against paternalistic elitism which delivered us the worst leader in U.S. history.
In this [Vulture piece] the au ...more
The characters are human, flawed, some almost too good to be true, and yet it is the moments we don't see, that w ...more
I read because I want a story to take me somewhere to experience a place I don't know . Not necessarily another city or country or continent a but a place in my heart and soul that I didn't know was there. This is where A Little Life took me . It consumed me for these last few days as I read late at night and then woke up thinking about Jude St. Francis . The book description will tell you that this is about the decades long friendships of four men who meet in college , about the careers they ch ...more
i thought i'd be tapping out around the 50% mark but for the life of me i can't get past the writing. i know it's lauded as being gorgeous and like... i can see it. but it was a leeeettle impersonal and a touch pretentious to me.
i know what this story is about and i don't think it's going to have it's intended impact on me so i think i am going to stop while i'm ahead. happy for those of y'all that connect with this one, but real ...more
“My life, he will think, my life...as he slips into that other world that he visits when he is in such pain, that world he knows is never far from his own but that he can never remember after: My Life.”
Ok. So how do I sum up 720 pages of pain?!
I will say this now, if you’re in a bad place emotionally - DO NOT TOUCH THIS BOOK!
It hurts. Reading this physically hurts, and it is more or less consistent ...more
|The Katie McGrath...: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, June 2019||1||12||May 22, 2021 01:54PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Adult fiction. Emotional book about 3 male friends, one is ill. Quite a thick book. [s]||5||49||May 13, 2021 10:53AM|
|Just finished 'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara. Ouch.||28||615||Apr 15, 2021 06:38AM|
|Goodreads Italia: GdXL gennaio-marzo 2021: Una vita come tante||84||356||Apr 15, 2021 05:47AM|
|Most Annoying Book Cover||18||1079||Mar 09, 2021 02:03PM|