+612 9045 4394
 
CHECKOUT
A Little Life : Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2015 - Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2015

Unfortunately this eBook is only available from within Australia.

    Good For
  • IOS and Android Devices (Booktopia Reader app)
  • PC & Mac (Adobe Digital Editions)
  • Kobo / Sony / eReaders
    Not supported
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Windows Smart Phones
  • Adobe Overdrive
    Features
  • Resizeable Text
  • Flowing Text
  • Reproducing or Printing Pages

Other Available Formats (Hide)

  • Paperback View Product Published: 22nd March 2016
    In Stock. Ships in 1-2 business days from Australia
    $13.95

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015**

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light.

When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome-but that will define his life forever.

In a remarkable and precise prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

Caroline Baum's Review

A Little Life ... but a very big book indeed. Over six hundred pages to be exact. I won't pretend this couldn't do with a prune here and there, but overall, it's immensely satisfying. The arc of the narrative is the life of four male friends, all of them polished and successful New York achievers - but one figure is the hub of the story: Jude, who has had a terrible troubled, abused childhood which haunts every aspect of his adult existence.

His solution to ridding himself of his dreadful memories is ghastly - the passages describing his self-harm make for hard and disturbing reading. Supported by his adoptive parents and by his lover, can he find a way to shed the nightmares? That question kept me emotionally engaged, thanks to the tenderness with which the author captures the intense relationships in this masculine world.

This is in sharp contrast to the harshness with which Ferrante dissects female friendship in her Neapolitan quartet (see above).

About the Author

Hanya Yanagihara is the author of The People in the Trees. She is an editor-at-large at Condé Nast Traveller and lives in New York City.

WRITE A REVIEW

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
A Little Life
 
3.0

(based on 3 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Reviewed by 3 customers

Displaying reviews 1-3

Back to top

 
1.0

I was not able to download this book.

By 

from Sth Australia

About Me Bookworm

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Disappointing

    Best Uses

      Comments about A Little Life:

      The process was convoluted and ultimately not successful. I often download ebooks on another site but I probably won't use Booktopia again to do that.

       
      4.0

      Extremely heartfelt

      By 

      from Midnorthcoast Australia

      About Me Everyday Reader

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about A Little Life:

          I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any book lover

           
          4.0

          A haunting story

          By 

          from Adelaide, AU

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Not What I Expected

          Best Uses

          • Older Readers

          Comments about A Little Life:

          The subject is not for everyone. A book that is haunting and will stay with you forever.

          Displaying reviews 1-3

          Back to top

          ISBN: 9781743539064
          ISBN-10: 1743539061
          Audience: General
          Format: ePUB
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 640
          Published: 21st May 2015
          Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK