Book Review (a futile attempt)
A LITTLE LIFE by HANYA YANAGIHARA
A little more than a month ago I was watching a reading vlog by Gabby @_myfictionalworld and she was going on and on about a book. The book was a hefty one but the way she described it, I was intrigued.
The book was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. To take a second opinion before diving into this big task I texted Ashwin @brownboywithabook
and asked him about this book, he was aware of the book but he didn't pick it up because he was a little afraid of picking such an emotional one.
So I decided to give it a try.
A Little Life is the story of four friends trying to find their footing. JB, Willem, Malcolm and Jude.
The story mainly focuses on Jude. It's narrated from multiple perspectives, one of them being Jude's himself.
Jude is a thin boy with a dream of establishing a career in law with the brain of a mathematician and a spinal cord injury, but something keeps haunting him. His past never leaves his side. A past so dark and tormenting that to think of it is to torture oneself.
He is surrounded by people but still alone, struggling with himself and trying to figure out a response to all the people in his life.
THIS BOOK SHOULD BE CALLED TRIGGER WARNING. (please consider all TWs)
But with all that pain and harshness, this book is hauntingly beautiful book. It's been more than a month since I read this and I am still unable to stop thinking about it.
After reading this book many people asked on Goodreads that how can the descriptions be true to reality? How can someone hate oneself so much that he goes through things described in the book?
I disagree, whatever is written is as real as universe. You have no idea what people can do and to what extent one can go, when self hatred takes over.
I am not giving a judgement, I neither support the negative things in this book, nor deny them, instead I accept them as a reality different from my own. If the reader can't do so then there's no use of reading this book. Please don't read it, if you can't accept it.
This book has made a special place in my heart, it's etched in my memory. I am still not over with it (contd. in comments) - 2 hours ago