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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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A Little Life (2015)

by Hanya Yanagihara

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just not my thing - skimmed through it after reading 35 pages. Story didn't capture me enough to dedicate the time.
  anglophile65 | May 23, 2017 |
4.5 ( )
  tifhayes | May 22, 2017 |
A masterpiece! i don't say this often (actually I've never said it before), but I thought this book was brilliant. ( )
  kmstock | Apr 22, 2017 |
"this book grabs you and doesn't let go" - direct to me from Roxane Gay ( )
  KSarge | Apr 18, 2017 |
Very unrealistic.
They all become great successes. They all love Jude more than life itself, though the book really gives us no idea why. He is the biggest pain in the butt ever but people are falling down over themselves to make sure that Jude won't hurt himself anymore.
Beware of these over-hyped novels coming from publishers these days.
I wonder why? ( )
  antrat1965 | Apr 7, 2017 |
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I'm still talking about A Little Life. It's deeply upsetting, but I think it's a wonderfull story in the end.
added by Sylak | editStylist [Issue 338], Paula Hawkins (Oct 12, 2016)
 
Yanagihara’s success in creating a deeply afflicted protagonist is offset by placing him in a world so unrealized it almost seems allegorical, with characters so flatly drawn they seem more representative of people than the actual thing. This leaves the reader, at the end, wondering if she has been foolish for taking seriously something that was merely a contrivance all along.
added by ozzer | editNew York Times, Carol Anshaw (Mar 30, 2015)
 
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in friendship; with love
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The eleventh apartment had only one closet, but it did have a sliding glass door that opened onto a small balcony, from which he could see a man sitting across the way, outdoors in only a T-shirt and shorts even though it was October, smoking.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385539258, Hardcover)

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 breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement—and a great gift for its publisher.
 
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college 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 quick-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 relationships 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 forever.
 
In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

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