This book has earned a permanent spot on my feed and posts & i’m going to tell you why.
A Little Life completely broke my heart. It was utterly suffocating, invigorating, detrimental, disturbing, encapsulating, horrifying, comprehensive, infuriating, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, & fully devastating & intoxicating. Yet despite this, I was engrossingly sucked into its world, its characters, its story. I was sucked into Jude St. Francis & all that he is.
This fictional world was incredibly real. Yanagihara’s ability to so intricately create pristine detail is absolutely mind-boggling to me — you couldn’t look away — in fact you didn’t want to.
A Little Life covers the real implications, detriment & suffering of repeated rape, physical abuse, emotional abuse, toxic relationships, indescribable trauma, & every other horrible thing you can think of — you can imagine that sometimes, the melancholia is too much to bare. But it also beautifully covers healing, true friendship, healthy relationships, self-love & new beginnings in life; the ability to change your circumstances whenever you want.
A Little Life however, did continually punch me in the gut. It’s a completely breathtaking read & tugs at your heart strings 10x over. It’s entirely complex, for lack of a better word. Because as beautiful as it is, reading it was like receiving a slap to the face over & over. It truly inspires such a strong spectrum of emotions & will leave you in a lingering fragile state, an eerie sentiment.
I’m torn between telling you to chase this book; to read it and engulf yourself in it — & telling you to never pick it up because of how alive, aware & broken it makes you feel.
While I feel thoroughly relieved & sorrowed that I finished this book, its forever & indefinitely, one of my few favorites.
Jude St. Francis, if only you were real.
I may not revisit Jude’s world and story, but I am eternally indebted to him, and to Yanagihara to making me feel such a way.
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A LITTLE LIFE
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