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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 por Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life (2015) 7,740 exemplares
The People in the Trees (2013) 1,357 exemplares
To Paradise (2022) 964 exemplares
Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America (2000) — Editor — 46 exemplares
A Little Life (NHB Modern Plays) (2023) — Adaptor — 7 exemplares
Paratiisiin (2022) 3 exemplares
T, March 27, 2022 1 exemplar
livro ao paraiso 1 exemplar

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


As someone whose self-professed taste in books is “very long bummers”, this feels like something I should have read ages ago. It’s been out for nearly ten years now, so I have seen both the hype cycle and the backlash and after reading it I understand each of them. It tells the story of a group of four friends from college: Malcolm (an architect), JB (an artist), Willem (an actor), and Jude (a lawyer). When we first meet them, just a few years after they’ve graduated, they’re all struggling to find their places in the world, striving for success while working to rise above their childhood demons. And no one has more childhood demons than Jude. This book has been called “trauma porn” as it relates to the life story Hanya Yanagihara creates for Jude, and it’s not an unfair criticism. However bad you think it could be, it’s worse. As a reader, I found the section in which Jude has been taken on the road by a quasi-parental figure who abuses him while claiming to love him (and does even worse than that), ping-ponging around the country in a series of motels, to be reminiscent of Lolita…but while Lolita leaves most of the actual crimes to the imagination and is narrated by the abuser, A Little Life brings it out into the open and is narrated by the abused. It’s shocking, and horrifying, and not even the most shocking and horrifying thing to be recounted in the book’s 800 pages. But it’s not all despair and unimaginable cruelty to children. Jude, and indeed all of his friends, find success. They find love. They have friendships that feel real, with periods of closeness and periods of estrangement. People care for each other and are kind to each other. They are happy sometimes, and sometimes not. Life is not just one thing, it’s lots of different things, often at the same time, and I feel like this novel captured that beautifully. That being said, I do agree with some of the criticism. The level of trauma visited upon Jude becomes almost numbing in its depth. There is a lot of aspirational lifestyle content that got repetitive (especially, for me, the food, which is something I tend to find boring to read about). I don’t think I could ever recommend this book to anyone. It needs just about every content warning possible. I can well understand why some people hate it. But I found it highly compelling and genuinely moving.… (mais)
ghneumann | 326 outras críticas | Jun 14, 2024 |
If I could give more stars, I would. Instantly became one of my favorite books. The writing voice is so different from what I’m used to. It’s so raw and real and human. I bawled for so long during and after reading this.
EnchantedCabin | 326 outras críticas | Jun 3, 2024 |
It took me almost a year to read, as I had to keep taking breaks... breaks from the heartbreak, the pain, the sorrow. But I am so glad I stuck with it; I absolutely loved it. Beautiful, emotional, heart-wrenching, unbearable... but ultimately, beautiful.
kdegour23 | 326 outras críticas | May 29, 2024 |
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.
… (mais)
DocHobbs | 326 outras críticas | May 27, 2024 |


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