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A little life, the book

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Hello guys. 

Has someone here read “A little life” by Hanya Yanagihara?

Some are already calling it the Big Gay American Novel, but I’m not sure. 

I don’t think it’s a great book, but it’s an addictive one.

 I need a self-help group, now. 

 

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I read it. It's heavy (I mean content, not the book as an object). I don't think the gay thing is the most important part of the book, so I'm a bit surprised with the title you mentioned. Anyway, yeah, I understand the need for self-help group after reading this. :)

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In The Atlantic, Garth Greenwell suggested that A Little Life is “the long-awaited gay novel”: “It engages with aesthetic modes long coded as queer: melodrama, sentimental fiction, grand opera. By violating the canons of current literary taste, by embracing melodrama and exaggeration and sentiment, it can access emotional truth denied more modest means of expression.”[10]

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Life#cite_ref-10

The rest of the review that I read makes the book sound INTENSELY depressing.

 

In an article written for New York Magazine, Yanagihara states that “one of the things [she] wanted to do with this book was create a protagonist who never got better… [for him] to begin healthy (or appear so) and end sick – both the main character and the plot itself”.[4]

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My favorite adjective for this book is actually “manipulative”. It’s just a sort of gay soap opera trying to disguise itself as a novel. 

It acts as if it was a deep, important book, but ends up being quite shallow. 

At the same time, just like soap-operas, it’s kinda addictive and you want to know what happens next. 

I felt I had an abusing relationship with that book. In the end it became for me what the blades are for Jude. 

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