December 20, 2016

Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Review:  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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.

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Published by: Doubleday  on March 10, 2015



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MaryAnn-2015I don’t even know where to begin with this review. There are so many different tangents that I can go on. Let’s just say that this book offers so much hope, but then that little glimmer of hope is ripped away and your left feeling shattered and so emotionally drained. I felt the need to put the book down and walk away just to compose myself,and then try to find the courage to continue on as I knew that things would only get worse.

Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that the horrors that MC, Jude St. Francis had to endure were in the very first memory re-telling. This poor man is totally and completely damaged. I don’t know how anyone can easily come back and live a normal life after what he has gone through.

I found myself yelling at the pages at not only Jude, for the decisions he made, but also at the horrible monsters that tortured him. It just kills me that the horrific and traumatic events that happen in A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara are a sad reality and it’s just pisses me the fuck off that it is. I don’t understand! My brain truly cannot comprehend why this is even a fucking thing! And then to actually have to live through that??? Fuck me…my heart and soul cries.

In a nutshell, A Little Life by Hanya Yanaghara is a story about friendship. It shows how these men grow closer together, and what makes them grow apart from each other. You feel as though you have journeyed with these men from their youth and well into their fifties. You’ve been with them through all their trials and tribulations. You see their ups and you certainly feel their downs.  You also witness how Jude plays this role in their lives which ties them together, and is like that glue that keeps them from drifting too far apart. You also see events that happen, and like dominoes, things fall down and break apart.

It really is so difficult for me to put A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara into words. It’s a book that you must simply experience for yourself. But it’s not for the faint of heart. It is graphic and raw, and truly unforgettable.

About Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.


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