A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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


Details A Little Life

TitleA Little Life
ISBN9780385539258
Author
Release DateMar 10th, 2015
PublisherDoubleday
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, LGBT
Rating

Reviews A Little Life

  • Michael Flick
    2015-06-09
    Some believe that this is “The Great Gay Novel.” That couldn’t be more wrong. There are only two recognizable gay men in this work, JB and Caleb. A creative queen 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)...
  • Glenn Sumi
    2015-10-10
    5 THINGS I LIKED ABOUT A LITTLE LIFE(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 fini...
  • Emily May
    2015-03-24
    A Little Life is a strong contender for the award for the most depressing book I've ever read. I swear I'm not even exaggerating.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 long very long character study - over 700 pages of misery, substance abus...
  • Thomas
    2015-08-13
    I slept with this book after I read it. I kid you not: I held its bulking, hardcover bound 700 pages in my arms as I fell asleep amid a raging storm. I refused to let A Little Life leave me. Its brilliant writing, its broken characters, and its bleak, unforgiving story dug into my heart, into the very pores of my skin. As a twenty-year-old, I felt both so young and so old upon finishing this novel, as if its sheer humanity aged my soul while maki...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    2015-01-25
    It may sound presumptuous to say in January that I've read the best book I've read all year, but reading is a lot like love. Sometimes you just know.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 di...
  • Maxwell
    2015-02-10
    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 pretentiou...
  • Roxane
    2015-09-13
    Brilliant, devastating, heartbreaking. Fucking hatefully sad at times. There are places that are overwrought and overwritten but this is an amazing, engrossing novel. Just wow.
  • Estelle
    2015-03-15
    Brace yourself for the most melodramatic, pretentious, dull, dumb, overwritten, repetitive, laughable, cringe-inducing, self-indulgent, unbelievable, stereotypical, voyeuristic, contrived piece of fiction. 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 happ...
  • Victoria Schwab
    2015-09-23
    Jesus Christ. I cried for an HOUR last night. This freaking book.
  • Alexander Patino
    2015-01-30
    You get a first read only once. I don't know what to say. It's the book of my life. Not that it mirrors my life, but that it's the literary love of my life. I know I get hyperbolic about this kind of stuff, but it is what it is. The most cathartic reading experience I've ever had. I'm shaking and crying writing this. How to move on after this one - hard to imagine I will.
  • Gin Jenny (Reading the End)
    2015-03-09
    Note: I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.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 t...
  • Ashley
    2015-12-13
    Fuck this book.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...
  • Mischenko
    2017-02-25
    Please visit my blog www.readrantrockandroll.com to see this review and others. 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 cha...
  • Kai
    2015-09-28
    “Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?”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 ...
  • jessica
    2019-04-23
    i have died a hundred deaths and shed a thousand tears whilst reading this book. it feels as if i have never truly known grief until this moment. how does one recover from such heartbreak?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
  • Nick Pageant
    2015-01-13
    A Little Life is a powerful, disturbing novel. It's full of pain, desperation, and a sense of isolating sadness that sucks the reader into some very dark places. It's also the best book I've read in years.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 extraordinar...
  • Claudia Ramírez
    2017-09-11
    4.5 starsEDIT: Nevermind, 5 stars.
  • Andrew Smith
    2015-06-28
    Heed my warning: do not pick this book up if you're having a bad day! On the other hand, if you're in a good space and fancy something challenging and absorbing that might take over your life for a while (it's over 700 pages long) - this is the one. 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. Ostensib...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    2016-03-27
    First of all, let me say that A Little Life was exactly what I’ve been looking for, hence the category that it’s been assigned to. This novel was so rich in raw, uninhibited emotion, in the true unveiling of life’s effervescence, horrors and humanity, that I didn’t feel that I was trudging through a thick read—though, believe me, it’s thick!—I felt that I was on a 40-year Hajj with these characters, a journey that, like real life, t...
  • Angela M
    2015-01-30
    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 m...
  • Diane S ☔
    2015-01-12
    Such an incredibly hard book to read, and yet a beautiful book too, on the true meaning of friendship. Written so tenderly, poignantly and with raw honesty. The characters run the gamut from those among us who are the most cruel, the most hateful and those who are able to offer a love that is profound, unconditional and where many of us probably fall, wanting to be better than we are.The characters are human, flawed, some almost too good to be tr...
  • Nat
    2016-08-11
    I was hesitant at first with picking this up because I thought A Little Life revolved around four white dudes and their #whitepeopleproblems. But oh, was I incredibly mistaken. The cast of characters in this one is far from what I thought; it tackles a variety of topics such as sexuality, race, disabilities, mental illness, and so much more.Not what I expected and for once, I was glad to be so off-track.If you're looking to diversify your reading...
  • Nnenna
    2015-03-23
    Is there life after A Little Life? Finished this book seconds ago and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to adequately describe how I feel about it. 8/12/15 Edited to add my longer review:Let me just begin by saying that I absolutely loved this book and there’s no way this little review of mine will do it justice. I’m going to attempt to explain how I feel about this book anyway. I will admit that right now it’s too precious to me and I cannot ...
  • Elyse Walters
    2014-11-22
    It's a difficult novel to summarize the philosophical tone of this novel. It is at the same time wry, realistic, acutely sensitive....(disturbing examination of the lifelong abuse of one of the characters), ......and the type of book you read once in a lifetime. Just as in real life... Friendships build more friends... Expanding the community circle. At the start of friendships (which will span over many years)....Four students: Willem, Jude, Jd,...
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    2017-02-27
    Μάσησα με τις δακρύβρεχτες κριτικές σας, με τα 5αστερα σας, με τις ωραιότατες κριτικές σε εφημερίδες και βιβλιοφιλικά μπλόγκς τύπου "Σπαρακτικό!" και "Αριστούργημα" ! Τα ίδια μπλόγκς που δίνουν "Δυο τυχεροί από εσάς θα κερδίσουν ένα αντίτυπο από τις...
  • Perry
    2015-03-30
    This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly.... It should be thrown with great force.Dorothy ParkerAuthor is Proud of Her Successful Plan to Manipulate Readers into Feeling the nth Degree of Misery and Sorrow Upon Reading ThisI hate this novel. Yes, hate. It's an extremely elongated form of a circle tear jerk. In this [Vulture piece] the author discussed how she was inspired to create a novel of ombré cloth. If you don't know, an ombré cloth...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2017-11-16
    After finishing this book I'm a little dead inside. Before reading A Little Life somebody described it to me as "emotionally gut-wrenching" and being the coward that I am I avoided reading it until this month, when our book club selected it for discussion. The story follows the lives of four men starting from their college years and continuing for decades throughout their lives. The author is brilliant and did an excellent job drawing these compl...
  • Anne
    2019-01-19
    It's been almost two months since I finished reading this book and I still haven't found the proper words for my review. How can I formulate what I feel about this piece of perfection? I don't think I will ever be able to give it the justice it deserves, but I might as well try to at least write something, because not writing a review at all doesn't seem right either.Let me start off with saying that I read this while being in a major reading slu...
  • Nette
    2015-04-14
    I'm not quite sure what to say about this book, which is both compulsively readable and so overwrought that when I described the plot to my twenty-something niece during a walk she laughed so hard she almost fell off the sidewalk. The central character, Jude St. Francis (that's where she started laughing) is the victim of a childhood of horrible abuse, so over-the-top horrible it makes Oliver Twist seem like a Bobbsey Twin. ("OK, and after the pr...
  • Larry H
    2015-01-23
    I'll cut to the chase on this one fairly quickly: Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life is nothing short of an utter masterpiece. This book is one of the most dazzlingly brilliant, emotionally moving books I've ever read, and it will be a long time before I can get these characters and their story out of my head. And truth be told, as painful as this book was in places, I don't know if I want to be rid of these characters anytime soon."It is always ...