After the announcement of the 2016 Man Booker Prize winner, now seems like a ripe time to look back at last year’s favourite from the shortlist (the winning title was in fact Marlon James’s A Brief History Of Seven Killings, published by Oneworld). One year, on #myfriendsarereading…
Reader: A.W., Female, 26, lives in London
Citizenship/nationality: Polish Londoner
Book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Photo sent from: London, United Kingdom
What’s the book about; Why would you recommend it?
A Little Life is a gripping story of how love and friendship can save us not only from the unthinkable suffering at the hands of others but also our own. Sometimes too painful to read in stretches longer than a couple of pages, the book is nevertheless hard to put down – you find yourself rooting for the characters throughout the 700 pages with unrelenting zeal. They simply must outplay the odds. I’m about to find out if they do.
Editor’s note: I’ve rarely cheated in life. But God knows I’ve tried to cheat life itself: when I was reading A Little Life I spent most days wishing that my body could be content with six hours’ sleep, as a plan b to leaving my job to become a full time leisure lady reader. A Little Life is engulfing with its sadness, yes, but also Yanagihara’s depth of empathy and understanding for human relationships. It gifts you with time where most TV-series are limited. Friendships are given the space to fully develop and fall apart. This book isn’t for the faint-hearted, though. Abuse is central to it, and there is little to no relief, just acceptance about the fact that there are things that cannot be fixed in life, no matter how long the book, or how valuable the life. With a title antithetical to its true essence, A Little Life illustrates the fact that love cannot conquer all. My favourite 2015 release.