Decline to rate. DNF @ 95 pages. I don't think I got far enough into this doorstop to adequately rate it, and I will likely try it again next Spring. That's when I read the majority of my lit fic. Right now, it's hot and muggy and I can't be bothered to pay too much attention. Thrillers and short books for the duration of Summer, I think.I put this book down for two days. Only two damn days. The 3rd and the 4th of July, and I cannot remember what happened in the first 95 pages. I can't recall wh [...]
DNF at 16%. That's a bit over 100 dense pages in this massive book. Did not grab me at all and instead of getting to know and feeling with the characters I at this point have a hard time telling them apart. I contemplated keeping it going at a low pace, but it's almost vacation time and I'd hate to have this lying around like a bad conscience or a chore to be done. May pick it up again. Maybe.
"Wasn't friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?"I only have two words left in me: Christ almighty.Before starting this book, innocent me thought this would be sad in the way most books are: I thought I would shed a tear here or there, experience a bit of pain, but I would come out of it all mostly intact. Boy, dear boy, was I wrong. This book utterly, completely broke me, and did so through-and-through, with its rawness [...]
When I started reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, I was completely captured by the narration and the plot. I enjoyed every single page I read and every sentence, I did not want to leave the book for a second and spent many evenings reading late into the night. A couple of times I even shed a tear or two, which is not a thing I do often. Books, however moving, rarely, if not never, bring tears to my eyes. After I passed the middle of the book, however, something happened. Something change [...]
Hm, now what can I say about A Little LifeThere is a real feeling of satisfaction that after over a month of reading chapters and little passages here and there whenever I had the chance that I've FINALLY completed this book. Feels good. Do I believe the reviews on the back of the book that claim I will never want this book to end? No. Straight out. I feel like Yanagihara could've cut the book by at least 150 pages by simply omitting the countless repetition and unnecessary, almost pretentious, [...]
This book is going to crush your heart, put it back together just to crush it again. It does so over and over and over again until you sit there reading the last pages crying like a small child whose favourite teddy disappeared, like a man whose spouse just passed, like an old mother loosing her child. Poor Jude, poor William.
Veruit het beste en heftigste boek dat ik tot nu toe heb gelezen. Tevens het eerste boek waarbij ik het niet droog heb kunnen houden (maar dan ook echt niet). Heel bijzonder hoe Yanagihara me zo heeft weten mee te nemen in de levens van de personages, hoe ze voelden als mensen die ik echt heb gekend, hoe in 720 pagina's zo kleurrijk en echt een klein leven wordt beschreven. Een aanrader, maar verwacht geen lichte kost.
This book is the single most beautiful, amazing, tragic, devastating, heartbreaking novel I have ever read. The writing was amazing, the descriptions and imagery amazing, and the story so in depth that it felt like the characters were real people and the tragedies real tragedies that happened to people that I knew, people that I wanted to rip out of the pages and take away their pain and suffering. This book was so packed with struggle and unfairness, but also with love and tiny, tiny bits of ho [...]
An unflinching, all-consuming read of the tragedy and joy of human life.A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is so much more than it's title. It's about a walloping, great, big life. And don't be fooled, it's not about four friends making their way in NYC-it's really the story of Jude St Francis, and Jude St Francis will break your heart repeatedly because that's what life does to us all.This is easily the best book I've read in 2016. You need to read this book for your humanity and to be reminded [...]
Every once in a while, I read a story and find myself completely absorbed by it, as though I had become a character in that story in my own right. In that case, the whole atmosphere of the book tends to influence my own feeling and to determine the way I function. A very intense experience but one that I like.This is such a story. Towards the end I had to stop every once in a while because I was so overwhelmed by the events that I needed time to digest all the feelings and thoughts that they tri [...]
3.5 starsI did not hate this book nor do i love this book whole-heartedly. I did /ugly/cried towards the ending. That being said, i did like the ending, but the last 100 pages couldnt make up to 5-star rating from me.Never have i read a book so hyped but every time people talked about it all i ever captured was “its about friendship of 4 friends”. It is about friendship but its more of what friendship could possibly offer. If you’re going into this book expecting a plot or ‘something’ [...]
This book. The life. I've been reading non stop for 4 days, and well How do you describe having 200 emotions at the same time? It's heartbreaking. Good things can't happen to good people, and I just wish Jude and Willem were real people, so I could write to them. My mother told me I was more silent today, and when I told her it was because of this book she understood. It broke my heart. I didn't want to finish, because I knew it wouldn't be the ending I wanted. But no one in this book wanted thi [...]
This book. I'm very conflicted. On the one hand, it was a very compelling and fascinating (and horrifying, which isn't a bad thing necessarily) read. On the other hand, I was very disappointed by the fact that two of the supposedly main characters virtually disappeared off the page after about 200 pages or so. This isn't the story of 4 college friends as promised by the summary. It's Jude's story, and if a character drifts away from Jude then they get shunted to the side in the narrative as well [...]
What an absolutely fantastic book! This has jumped straight into my top 5 books of all time, closest that has ever come to Donna Tartt's A Secret History. It's a saga in all senses of the word, based initially on the lives of 4 friends who meet at college and the story of how their lives pan out. Set mostly in New York. As the book progresses, the focus changes somewhat, and narrows down to concentrate on one of the four (and for me that would be the only slight criticism you want know more abou [...]
I’m so torn because there are many things about this book I adored, but there are also many things that irritated me. This book is beautifully written and I found myself engrossed and attached with the characters early on. It tackles lots of difficult topics, and while each topic is explored and discussed wonderfully, there was so much tragedy and bad things happening, one after the other, that it felt like it was more about the “shock factor” and horrifying the reader than anything else. [...]
I remembered halfway through A Little Life that I haven't read a book about child abuse since I was 11 years old and was so affected by Goodnight Mister Tom that I think I must have promised myself never to wring out my soul in the same way again. I'm also blessed not to be a survivor, so I was thankfully and woefully underprepared for this rollercoaster. It's brutal and unrelenting; yet although I found myself sobbing repeatedly I was also often unable to put the book down. The writing is wonde [...]
I'm too mentally exhausted to think, so here are some thoughts I had about this book (and screamed about to twitter) while I was still reading it. Consider them my review.- this chapter ended in such a hopeful, optimistic place that I'm almost afraid to move on.- file under "good books I could never in good conscience recommend to anyone ever"- 100 pages to go. most challenging, exhausting read in a while.- why did I read this book. why. even I wouldn't recommend it to me. it's like someone took [...]
Only one thing irritated me about this book and that was it's lack of historical context. Yanagihara idealises New York City in such a way that she mindlessly eradicates the city's own history and context. How can you write a novel set in NYC and not mention 9/11, for example? I've read a few reviews that pick out irritating aspects of the book - yes, it is overly long (but after the Goldfinch I have to say it wasn't tediously overlong), yes, it features yet another set of Bright Young Things wh [...]
I feel like I have just survived a kind of pain I'll never experience first-hand, yet still feel as acutely as if I had. Every single page of this book was devastating, even the ones that were joyously happy, and I don't know if I've ever felt this way before. Part of me wants to put this book on the shelf and look at the spine remembering the way it made me felt while never opening it again yet part of me wants to go right back to the beginning so I can live with these boys again and feel every [...]
I was so torn with whether to give this book 5 stars or not. I did, but would like to take off .3 of a star. OK that's done. This is a miraculously, beautifully written book. One of the best at bringing a reader in and getting to know the characters so personally that their lives seem closer and that much more real. How the writer describes everything is just astounding but here sits the rub. Due to fact that the writer describes so much and delves deeper and deeper into (a gorgeously written) d [...]