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Hanya Yanagihara

Autor(a) de A Little Life

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About the Author

Hanya Yanagihara was born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Smith College. She has worked as a publicist, a writer and editor for Conde Nast Traveler, and a deputy editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her novels include The People in the Trees and A Little Life, mostrar mais which won the Kirkus Prize for fiction in 2015. A Little Life also won Fiction Book of the Year from the 2016 British Book Industry Awards. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life (2015) 7,657 cópias
The People in the Trees (2013) 1,355 cópias
To Paradise (2022) 951 cópias
Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America (2000) — Editor — 45 cópias
A Little Life (NHB Modern Plays) (2023) — Adaptor — 5 cópias
Paratiisiin (2022) 2 cópias
Malý život 1 exemplar(es)
livro ao paraiso 1 exemplar(es)
Una vita come tante 1 exemplar(es)
T, March 27, 2022 1 exemplar(es)

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara em Orange January/July (Março 2017)


This is a melodramatic portrayal of an emotionally damaged trial lawyer and his long-suffering array of fans. He's so beautiful, so talented, so rich, and so very very very very very very very very sad and insecure (but that doesn't interfere with his ability to be the best trial attorney out there!). His personal tragedies are more numerous than Job's. The book cover portrays a man weeping - I don't think he's weeping enough. The cover should be a picture of some martyred saint - Saint Sebastian with all the arrows would be perfect. The end plate could be a woodcut scene of a mob of Victorian men grieving and tearing their clothes.
I hung in there until the end - because after awhile the idea of finishing this thing was akin to summiting Everest. I did the same thing with the ridiculously bloated "And Ladies of the Club". I can proudly say I finished both of these books - but sweet Jebus, I'm never getting the time it took to read them back.
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DocHobbs | outras 329 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
While it’s not unusual for a book to make me cry, it is a little out of the norm for me to burst into tears when talking about a book—which is exactly what happened when I tried to explain this maudlin plot to my husband. This book should come with a warning: it’s melancholic and hard to read in places—everything horrible in a piteous life happens here. It’s Shakespearean tragic. But, it’s also one of the most beautiful stories of friendship I’ve ever read: real and reverent, forgiving and sacrificial, loyal and loving.

This is a decades-long, panoramic friendship saga of four college friends: JB, an indulgent, insecure, self-involved but, also, lovable artist; Willem, a charming, good-looking actor who’s fiercely protective and loyal; Malcolm, an architect who craves propriety and struggles with guilt and indecision; and Jude, an intensely private and serious litigator with an obscure, traumatic past. The story follows these friends passionately pursuing their dreams after college in NYC with the peaks and valleys of their friendship as the focal point of this narrative. While they see themselves as a unit, it’s really Jude at the center of it all, as the sun they all orbit around. However, Jude sees himself only as “an extravagant collection of problems,” even though everyone around him, everyone who gets pulled in as if by centripetal force, deeply desires to help him move past the extreme trauma of a childhood that has scarred him both physically and emotionally (392).

In this story of friendship and, ultimately, of love, it asks the question of whether or not love is enough to save someone—whether or not that person thinks they’re worthy of being saved. If my previous warnings of trauma don’t scare you off, I highly recommend this lit-fic read. Other than being a little too long and having too many terrible things happen to these characters—some more than others, some of Job-like proportions, moving it from reality to something more mythic, too incredulous to believe—it really is a beautiful story of friendship and love that’s worth all 720 pages, a 4.5 star read.
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lizallenknapp | outras 329 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
"Our story could end here, and it would be hope, as satisfying a conclusion for you as it is for the two of us"

I should have had listened to Kubodera. Now I am forever ruined by that postscript.
maryriii | outras 80 resenhas | Apr 13, 2024 |
Oh Hanya. If you’re going to ask people to spend 700 pages with your imaginings, could you at least give us a less murky ending? I really needed a banger of a conclusion to reward me for the parts of this that dragged. And there were several. I’m also still scratching my head on how the characters in the three segments were related. (Or were they?) I’m glad I finished this but even more glad to be done.
gonzocc | outras 21 resenhas | Mar 31, 2024 |


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