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A Little Life

Paperback - 26 January 2016
ISBN-13 : 9780804172707
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A stunning "portrait of the enduring grace of friendship" (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century.

A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST - WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

A Little Life follows four college classmates--broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition--as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara's stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

Look for Hanya Yanagihara's new novel, To Paradise, coming in January 2022.

Customer Reviews

5 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  24 February 2020
Very good
By: Adzkia Ra'ida Salma

I received a brand new book with a very good condition. The packaging is excellent and the shipping is fast.

5 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  30 August 2019
Great book! Must Read!!!!
By: Ariella Nikita Layono

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... See More

with A Little Life is nothing nearly as pretentious as that paragraph above. Somehow in 720 pages, she manages to adequately--better yet, excellently--show and make the reader experiences the lives of these young men.

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 forever.

5 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  07 January 2019
A Very Hard But Rewarding Read
By: Farah Putrizeti

"A Little Life" is probably the longest and the saddest book that I have finished to this date. It's a wonder really how my easily-bored-self able to finish this long and (most-of-the-time) depressing book. I think this is an evidence of how amazing Yanagihara's writing is. Despite talking about the saddest topics ever, she still manages to make this book a page-turner, even though it's a slow one. It's that kind of book that you need to savour slowly. "A Little Life" is a character study revolved around 4 college friends that moved to the city of New York. In the centre of the story is Jude, an enigmatic man with a tragic past that glued their... See More

friendship together. If you looking for a deep character study and don't mind reading decades long of bittersweet stories full of despair about friendship, love, and being human, I think this book is for you.

5 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  16 January 2018
emotionally exhausting
By: Karin Sarwono

not gonna lie but after i finished this book when i realized just how bad Jude St. Francis's life really was, i had to close my eyes for a few minutes and take a really deep breath to try to keep myself together. it was so devastating, what happened to Jude throughout his life was so unacceptable that i felt so angry at Hanya Yanagihara for writing something like this. i mean, give the poor guy some break and leave him alone!!  

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sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; letter-spacing: 0.156px;">this was kind of story that never gets better, from the first to the last page; terrible things just keep happening to everyone. for a moment (by the fifth part, because of the misleading title), i was so convinced that it would actually get better and Jude would finally get his happily ever after. boy, i was so wrong. they never did and i realized that it will only get worse.   

so if you decide to read this... well... just brace yourselves. dont say i didnt warn you.

5 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  08 December 2017
five little lives
By: Antonius B.

If you are prepared to spend some time with these characters, not upset about content easily, and fancy something challenging and absorbing that might take over your life for a while, then I think this is worth the time spent reading it.. The writing is beautiful, although too full of methapors. I can see why many, many people enjoyed this book. Really, Hanya Yanagihara knows how to use language.

It’s a poignant read. The novel follows four friends - Willem, JB, Malcolm, and Jude - from around their mid-20s well into their 50s, as they live in New York City post college and try to carve out lives and identities for themselves. the main focus is on the character of Jude, a mysterious/enigmatic man who has a terrible past shrouded in mystery.

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