A Little Life Reader ä 720 pages Ù Hanya yanagihara

Kindle ´ A Little Life Û Hanya Yanagihara

Kindle ´ A Little Life Û Hanya Yanagihara Ge move to New York to make their way they're broke adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition There is kind handsome Willem an aspiring actor; JB a uick witted sometimes cruel Brooklyn born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn brilliant enigmatic Jude who serves as their center of gravity Over the decades their r I can't with a clear conscience give this book anything less than 5 stars It's a book that kept me reading long into the night made me turn each page with vigor and curiosity gave me chills and shivers over the joys and sorrows of each character and ultimately left me feeling a bit older and tortured and yet at peace with the deeply complicated nature of humanity What Hanya Yanagihara does with A Little Life is nothing nearly as pretentious as that paragraph above Somehow in 720 pages she manages to adeuately better yet excellently show and make the reader experiences the lives of these young men The novel follows four boys who meet at college Malcolm JB Willem and the central and mysterious figure Jude It's truly Jude's tale but Yanagihara ends up telling each and every one of the boys' stories with ease and genuineness that makes them real Her prose is clean and honest and revealing of the many emotions that humans experience It's never explicitly beautiful not flowery or overwrought with adjectives or descriptors But it has its own beauty that comes from its ability to convey these feelings making you feel every pain or happiness that Malcolm and JB and Willem and Jude feel It's some of the best prose I've read in a while or ever read and I wanted it to keep going on foreverThere's so much I could say about this book About how it hurt me to read at times because yes there is very graphic material ie self harm physical sexual and psychological abuse drug use that makes the reading cringeworthy in parts about how I fell in love with so many wonderful people in this story about how I learned empathy and sorrow and frustration and anger for and with each of them and how if I were to write a book I would want it to have the essence of this one The truth is though I can't recommend this book to people not without knowing them very well Because it's a difficult journey that I can't suggest everyone take Don't take this book lightly But if you do choose to read it if you choose to flip to that first page be prepared for something inexplicable and jarring but resilient and beautiful and ultimately worthwhile

Reader A Little Life

A Little Life Reader ä 720 pages Ù Hanya yanagihara Ù Brace yourself for the most astonishing challenging upsetting and profoundly moving book in many a season An epic about love and friendship in the twenty first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably br Elationships deepen and darken tinged by addiction success and pride Yet their greatest challenge each comes to realize is Jude himself by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome but that will define his life forev OMG my poor heart I can'tIf 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 itIt’s been a very long time since a book utterly broke meBeautifully 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

Hanya Yanagihara Û A Little Life Book

A Little LifeBrace yourself for the most astonishing challenging upsetting and profoundly moving book in many a season An epic about love and friendship in the twenty first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light Truly an amazement and a great gift for its readersWhen four classmates from a small Massachusetts colle Some believe that this is “The Great Gay Novel” That couldn’t be wrong There are only two recognizable gay men in this work JB and Caleb A creative ueen and a violent probably psychopathic sadist All the other “possibilities” are pedophiles categorically not gay—that’s a sickness an evil that has nothing to do with being gay or so hopelessly confused and impotent that you can’t know what they are JB and Willem The take on gay men here is antediluvian—a dangerous and discredited brand of heteronormative delusion in which all gay men no matter the glittering surface of their lives are fated only to die a lonely miserable death Caleb dies an excruciating death so we’re told from pancreatic cancer JB the witty flamboyant unstable creative ueen is merely a plot point His happiness told but not shown at the bitter end doesn’t mean anything than that He’s a device to wring one regret from you one sorrow You can be assured that he too will die an ignoble death just beyond this novel’s last page And you won’t be troubled or offended or titillated by the gay sex or really any sex here because there isn’t any it’s the sex that dare not speak its name All this is because the author knows absolutely nothing about gay men other than the most superficial stereotypes and doesn’t have the imagination to venture deeper than that She can’t even imagine that a man Willem doesn’t need a woman to uench his sexual needs—he has a solution readily at handSome people believe this is a novel about friendship That also couldn’t be wrong The author warns you early on 225 that friendship is nothing but the slow drip of miseries This book is not about friends it is about enablers All the main characters are there specifically to enable Jude which is precisely what destroys him Were they his friends they would never have let things progress the way they didSome people believe that a strength of this book is that the author's presence is not felt This also couldn’t be wrong There is absolutely nothing here that is not the author’s presence It is all tell and no show The characters are cartoons They can’t grow They can’t surprise All they can do is grind the meticulous plot forward They are not here for any other purpose They aren’t really characters at all just cogs in a machineEvery novel demands by necessity some suspension of disbelief But no novel can be unbelievable But that’s all we’re told Four adolescents are thrown together as suitemates at a highly prestigious Cambridge college wink wink and we’re told not shown that they effortlessly go on to become the best the most famous—trial lawyer actor artist and architect The actor and architect might sueak by as believable but not the trial lawyer not the artist From what we’re told about the trial lawyer it’s impossible to reconcile his catastrophic constricted precarious little life with the cold predatory expert were told he is From what we’re told about the artist it’s impossible to believe even in New York City’s insular and provincial art world that the same series of portraits from photographs of the same three men over and over and over again will raise him to the top of that art world The artists the real ones the author cites are all mediocre; the one she tells surely must be likewiseMoreover we’re told that that men all men have a permanent genetic stunted repertoire of emotion have a tiny emotional toolbox And that their character is fixed at some ill defined state in their past and beyond that no change can ever take place Growth change redemption—all are denied Thus we don’t get characters we get cartoons Cardboard cutouts They are here only to satisfy the deliberate plotting They are only means to the author’s ends nothing And to add to the unbelievability the villains puerile the pedophiles—Catholic clergy Dickensonian orphanage counselors a homicidal psychiatrist long haul truckers a vast nationwide network of solitary and group child predators; and of course the brutal violent gay psychopath Even granting evil is banal this is beneath banal Cartoon Cardboard What’s lacking here and elsewhere everywhere in this novel is any imagination beyond just that the banal; the puerile; the stereotypeNot to dwell on the unbelievable but it permeates this book Nonexistent syndromes Nonexistent legal cases Hyenas that climb trees And over and over and over the doctor Andy he fails every duty of care everything that physicians stand for believe in dedicate their lives to—he’s there only to enable He doesn’t report what must be reported not just legally but morally And of course plot over believability neither do any other of the medical professionals doctors and nurses a legion of them through whose care Jude passes They all turn a blind eye to the evidence of his abuse his self abuse Andy neglects to mention the very real and virtually insoluble problem of phantom pain when he explains amputation to Jude but then just that develops post op only to be brushed aside a few pages later It doesn’t work that way And really it would have meshed perfectly with the author’s plot Another failure of imagination? And fundamentally physicians don’t treat their friends their family That’s a recipe for disaster Unless disaster is precisely the aimAnd I just can’t let it go lunch at obviously Le Bernardin Willem without a jacket No way No man dines there who is not wearing a jacket And especially not an actor no matter how famous Here I guess the point where the author did let her imagination run wildAnd I’d be remiss not to mention the language Suited to its task Occasionally it seems almost to take flight but when it does it seems appropriate for a glossy travel magazine And it almost always tries to take flight in just such a milieu Bhutan the AlhambraMost people think that this 720 page novel is too long Way too long But imagine what it would be were it the size of most all contemporary novels 250 350 pages or less Half or less what it is now What would it be? Even obviously the ridiculous cartoon that it is The length is intrinsic to this work It is long patiently and meticulously plotted The very length is part and parcel of its purpose The reader made to suffer one with the gears of the plot That’s the whole pointThe leitmotif is sorrow Everyone is always saying “I’m sorry” Over and over and over and over again Of course thus sorrow loses all meaning becomes trite But meanwhile the author is carefully and meticulously adhering to the through line everyone will suffer every character the reader It’s nothing but melodramatic manipulationSo what is this after I’ve rambled on about what it isn’t? I think it’s a masterpiece of a new kind joining closely related genres such as mommy porn and the venerable bodice rippers this is authorial sadism The author is a “literary” if you can dignify her as such dominatrix Every character set up to fail no possibility of redemption growth And the person who suffers the most in the end is the reader Set up to be crushed Again that’s the whole pointAll of us are the stories we tell No less the novelistIf you read this book and found it amazing I’m sorryIf you haven’t read this book don’t