In To Paradise, Yanagihara has invented a newer, subtler way to torture her readers and her characters: loneliness, helplessness, and self-delusion. All afflictions that more easily land close to home than the operatic suffering of A Little Life.
Let's see if I can finish any of the THREE novels I'm currently in the middle of reading.
Long books are intimidating. They can be scary. Will I finish? Will this book swallow up my life and make me feel terrible if I don't finish it? What's the point, if I could finish another, shorter book in half the time? The point is that the longer the book, the better you know the … Continue reading The Case for Long Books (and some gentle recommendations)
A Little Life is painful, beautiful, and long. It’s the satisfying, engrossing kind of long, the kind where your mind tricks you into believing these people are real, that their lives are really happening, that you can really see their thoughts and their apartments and their laughter and their failure. This phenomenon is my favorite … Continue reading Book Review | A Little Life