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To Paradise
To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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From the author of the classic A Little Life, a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia. In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule, a powerful scientist's damaged granddaughter tries to navigate life without him - and solve the mystery of her husband's disappearances. These three sections are joined in an enthralling and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich one another: A townhouse in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village; illness, and treatments that come at a terrible cost; wealth and squalor; the weak and the strong; race; the definition of family, and of nationhood; the dangerous righteousness of the powerful, and of revolutionaries; the longing to find a place in an earthly paradise, and the gradual realization that it can't exist. What unites not just the characters, but these Americas, are their reckonings with the qualities that make us human: Fear. Love. Shame. Need. Loneliness. To Paradise is a fin de siecle novel of marvelous literary effect, but above all it is a work of emotional genius. The great power of this remarkable novel is driven by Hanya Yanagihara's understanding of the aching desire to protect those we love - partners, lovers, children, friends, family and even our fellow citizens - and the pain that ensues when we cannot.
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mjtwo
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31 Aug-9 Sep 22 (audiobook)
Consisting of three only loosely connected narratives set 100 years apart in versions of Manhattan. Character names, themes of illness, family and freedom, and a house bordering Washington Square Park reappear. And all are unresolved.
The third part is the most compelling and frightening, set in a future ravaged by pandemic and climate change. It would be unbelievable if we had not all lived through the past few years.

BookwormM Yep section 3 is scary as hell 3w
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library.dreamer
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I loved this one, but be ready to settle in for a while. It isn't a casual beach read. The third section was especially terrifying.

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Bklover Welcome!! I have thought about reading this one- haven‘t read many reviews on it. I LOVED A Little Life, but it was also so hard to read - it broke my heart a bit. Anyway, welcome to Litsy. Follow lots of people- there‘s so much to do here! 2mo
AllDebooks Oh this is soooooo good, loved it. Welcome to Litsy xx 2mo
BookNerd9906 Welcome! We love new book friends. ❤️ 2mo
Reggie Do you think she made it to the UK or was she imprisoned? 2mo
Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! 2mo
BookwormM Very scary and a warning to those who think it could never happen here 2mo
LKK526 Welcome to my reviews! 2mo
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Yossarian
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Over the course of 700 pages, three people in three different centuries struggle with undiagnosed executive function issues before eventually taking action with inconclusive results.

Soubhiville This was so disappointing for me. 3mo
Yossarian @Soubhiville She could have called it “Three Even Smaller Lives.” 3mo
Soubhiville 😂 3mo
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Ruthiella I‘m on the fence about whether I should read this or not… 3mo
Hanna-B @Ruthiella don‘t bother. 3mo
Reggie @Ruthiella as someone who reads horror, this by far is the scariest book I‘ve read this year. In the third section, humanity is under constant threat from pandemics and lgbt rights have been rolled back. And like all the great fortune teller writers she knows it‘s coming. She just put it 60 years into the future. I‘d give it a go. 3mo
Yossarian @Reggie They also had greatly expanded LGBT rights in the 1890s, and fictional marriage brokers in the past and future (but not present) and American fractured into regional countries that are discussed but never developed… She‘s created a lot of pretty jigsaw puzzle pieces that don‘t all connect, and those that do don‘t make a picture. 3mo
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Brimful
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I loved this book. Yes, at times it was unremitting but it was a thought provoking page turner. It is an important reminder that democracy cannot be taken for granted that inequalities and colonialism have long term consequences and that we should understand the politics of our times even if we appear to have everything we want. I loved the subtle connections and with her readers between the parts and the games yanagihara plays with her readers

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one, too. 3mo
Brimful I wonder if it will make the Booker long list. Not long before we know! 2mo
mjtwo Love this review 3w
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Hanna-B
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It was always going to be hard after the brilliance of A Little Life. Part one I was very engaged with and was disappointed when it finished. The characters and relationships were super interesting. Section 2 could have been amazing but the section in Hawaii was just long and dreary. I would have liked more in New York. Section 3 was ok. Other than Section 1 the rest of the book needed a MAJOR edit, it would have helped with the monotony

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Brimful
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You should always have a close friend you‘re slightly afraid of. Why? Because it means that you‘ll have someone in your life that really challenges you, who forces you to become better in some way, in whatever way you‘re most scared of: their approval is what will hold you accountable. But was that really true?

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BookwormM
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Wow that was some book!

When this was written I can imagine readers thinking that will never happen now 6 months later we move ever closer to it happening here.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4805972453

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Reggie Seriously, this book especially that 3rd book, is the scariest thing I have read this year. And I read a lot of horror. 3mo
BookwormM @Reggie I know what you mean and it is so easy to see how it could happen 3mo
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Brimful
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Now it was time to seek. Now it was time to be brave. Now he must go alone. So he would stand here for another moment, the bag leaden in his hand, and then he would take a breath, and then he would make his first step; his first step to a new life; his first step - to paradise

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thereflectiveflaneur
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Mehso-so

An interesting concept but needed a robust edit!

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Leniverse
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Quite a marathon, but I finished these two with just enough time to get to the library. 😅 The Paper Palace will be returned unread to be borrowed again later.
And now I need some light escapism with a guaranteed happy ending where no one gets ill or dies, before I attempt How High We Go In The Dark. Because while Sorrow and Bliss at least had some surprisingly funny parts, To Paradise was 700 pages of unremitting and unresolved discomfort.

Ruthiella Having just read your comment on my earlier post about sad books, I feel you on the Yanahigara book. I did read and appreciate her debut, but 100% will not read A Little Life. I know I won‘t be able to take the pain. 4mo
Leniverse @Ruthiella Yes, A Little Life is Too much sadness + cover that actively repulsed me. So I have passed on that one. 4mo
squirrelbrain Well done on finishing them both! 4mo
TrishB Yes, if you thought To Paradise was unremitting, A Little Life is a different stratosphere! I don‘t have the repulsive cover! And well done on finishing. 4mo
Leniverse @TrishB IF I were to read it, it would have to be with a different cover, but I think maybe I'd rather not at all. 😂 Although I think it was not the bad stuff happening in itself that bothered me, it was the lack of agency, sometimes willfully so, by the characters. 4mo
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Cazxxx
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DNF. I didn‘t get on with a little life either so this author obviously isn‘t for me

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Leniverse
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Even his new grossness was a kind of shout, a defiance; he was a body that took up more space than was allowed, than was polite. He had made himself into a presence that couldn't be ignored. He had made himself undeniable.

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Leniverse
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"Self-pity is an unattractive quality in a man," he heard his grandmother say.
What about in a woman?
"Also unattractive, but understandable," his grandmother would say. "A woman has much more to pity herself for."

julesG Well... Granny has a point. 😂😂 4mo
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Leniverse
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Tried to renew some library books. Turns out these three have holds and must be returned on Monday (Saturday for one of them, but let's go with Monday). So... I guess I know what I'm spending the bank holiday weekend doing! Good thing I have at least read Part 1 of To Paradise already. But I admit I might have to return at least one of the others unread. 😬

Leniverse And I will definitely be late with the first #CampLitsy check-in for 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘d read Sorrow and Bliss first, even before To Paradise…. 4mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain Thanks for the rec! I might alternate between them. I'll probably need a break from To Paradise after book two. Or even after part one of book two. 4mo
squirrelbrain Book two is the least interesting one of To Paradise. 4mo
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Sophronisba
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On a sentence level, Hanya Yanagihara is a compelling writer -- I nearly always find her books hard to put down because the paragraphs just flow so well. But we don't see the world the same way. Yanagihara's relentless darkness and bleak vision just don't work for me. I loved the first section, set in an 1893 with legal gay marriage, but I barely remember the second and I loathed the third.

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youneverarrived
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I‘m glad I took breaks in between the sections, really worked for me! Still found myself trying to figure out how & if they connected in any way (besides the repeated names). I enjoyed all the parts pretty equally. I love her writing. It didn‘t have the same emotional punch as ALL but glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks Yay for finishing before the baby!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ❤️ 4mo
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BarbaraBB Finished in time 💛😘 4mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I made it my goal 😂❤️ 4mo
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Sophronisba
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Just finished and not really sure what my opinion is. I don't think Yanagihara is a brilliant prose stylist but something about her writing just flows for me -- I find it so hard to put her books down, even when I am baffled or put off by her plotting and characters.

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youneverarrived
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I read other books in between the different parts so this didn‘t feel so daunting to read (plus I had a lot of library holds come in one after the other.) Think it‘s time for part three so I can finally finish it!

sarahbarnes Part 3 was my favorite. ❤️ 5mo
TrishB @sarahbarnes mine too 👍🏻 5mo
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Sophronisba
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It was as if he had been bewitched and, knowing it, had sought not to fight against it but to surrender, to leave behind the world he thought he knew for another, and all because he wanted to attempt to be not the person he was--but the one he dreamed of being.

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thebluestocking
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Here‘s how my bracket is shaping up! I love this way of thinking about my favorite book of month.

BkClubCare I have this image but I need to put it into play! Best to you on the tagged book. I plan on skipping it 🥺 5mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare It‘s a fun graphic! I totally get you on To Paradise. I ended up reading it on the whim of library hold timing. But I really loved it. (It‘s way less bleak, to me, than A Little Life.) (edited) 5mo
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Branwen
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Wow. I finally finished this last night and find myself blown away. I absolutely loved it! It's very different from her previous works though, so if you're going into it expecting it to be like A Little Life you may be disappointed. It's broken up into three sections, each one more intriguing than the last. I love how similar themes tie them all together as well as the closing words for each section which are, 'to paradise.' Simply brilliant! ❤📖

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thebluestocking
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March was a great reading month for me. To Paradise, The Island of Sea Women, I Must Betray You, and Syllabus were all 5-star standouts.

#marchreads #marchwrapup #monthlywrapup

BkClubCare I keep putting Think Again aside for library books with deadlines 🤣 Hope I can finish it this month. 6mo
BarbaraBB Such a good month! 6mo
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Branwen
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I'm off today since I'm working all weekend, and the weather is very cold, windy, and cloudy! I guess that means I'm going to spend the day being cozy with endless cups of tea and a stack of books! 😁👍 I finally reached the third and final section of this book! I'm still absolutely loving it so far! ❤📖

RaeLovesToRead Have a lovely reading day!!! 🫖📚 6mo
squirrelbrain The third part is the best… have a great day! 6mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead Thanks! It's been a really lovely day! 😃💕📚 @squirrelbrain Oooh that's exciting to hear! I liked the first part and really loved the second part - so I'm super excited to see what's in store for this last part! ❤📖 6mo
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Branwen
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Happy Monday from Rumpel! 😸💕 We are trying to get in as much reading as possible this morning before having to head into work! #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel

SRWCF Rumpel looks ready! 😹😹😹 6mo
rubyslippersreads Does that tummy actually want to be rubbed, or is it a trap? 😹 6mo
Liatrek 😻😻😻 6mo
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RaeLovesToRead "Rub ma belleh... I dare you!" ?? 6mo
Branwen @SRWCF She is ALWAYS ready for books and belly rubs! 😸 @Liatrek 💕😸 @RaeLovesToRead @rubyslippersreads Surprisingly she loves her belly to be rubbed- I think she's part puppy! 😂 She always lies on her back to try and coerce me into a belly snuggles session! 😸❤ 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen she is such a personality! 🥰 6mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead She really is! 😸💕 6mo
SRWCF @Branwen What a silly kitty! 😜 6mo
Branwen @SRWCF She is the silliest cat I've ever had! 😸 6mo
rubyslippersreads @Branwen My cats both love belly rubs too. 😸 6mo
Branwen @rubyslippersreads Awww! I love that! 💕 6mo
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Cortg
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I‘m giving this a pick though I don‘t think I‘d recommend it unless they‘re big readers. The first two stories felt incomplete and it kinda frustrated me and I wanted a bigger, dramatic ending to wrap the timelines up and I knew it wasn‘t going to happen. I really enjoyed the third story. I like what she did with the timelines, characters, generations, altered universe, and it‘s a book to ponder for a while so I‘ll give it that. #pop22 #booked22

BarbaraBB Great review. And very relatable. 6mo
Cortg Pop22~a book published in 2022; Booked2022~about the AIDS epidemic, though only part 2. 6mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB Thanks! This one was tough to review. I‘ll be thinking about it for a while. 6mo
Cinfhen Totally agree with your review 😊 6mo
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Branwen
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Happy Saturday! 🎉🎉🎉 Finally picking this back again and I'm so happy about it! There wasn't even any real reason I put it down other than the fact that I had a bunch of library holds I needed to read first! But as soon as I opened it up and started the second section I felt a wave of giddiness sweep over me. I just love the writing in this book so much! ❤📖❤ #catsoflitsy #chaplin

rubyslippersreads ❤️ those sunshine stripes! 😻 7mo
ShelleyBooksie Chaplin 7mo
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Minervasbutler
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You wait 6 years for a Yanagihara novel and 3 come along at once. Less emotionally draining than A Little Life, perhaps, though the final section did leave me fairly drained. Superb, anyway.

sarahbarnes I feel the same way. 7mo
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julesG
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#LitsyCrafters @curiouserandcurioser @Catsandbooks

Progress pic: 30 triangles finished, 24 of them attached to each other. A gazillion more to go.

I'm glad my #audiobook is very long.

#audiocrafting #CrochetersOfLitsy #HookersOfLitsy

BarbaraTheBibliophage Beautiful!! 7mo
katy4peas 😍🧶 that looks fun! I‘m knitting a little women shawl and the last 4 inches are never ending! 7mo
julesG @katy4peas Seemingly endless rows are the worst. I once knit a circular shawl that had about 2,500 stitches in its last row, and then needed a stretchy bind-off. 😵😵 7mo
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AmyG I love all the colors!!! 7mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous! 7mo
thewallflower0707 I just finished To Paradise on Sunday. Enjoy it ☺️ 7mo
Catsandbooks That's so cool! Beautiful work! 7mo
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thewallflower0707
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I read this all in one day. The three different stories kept me captivated.
First story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,5 / 5 (best written)
Second Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (a bit confusing)
Third story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,5 /5 (emotional & frightening)

#toparadise #hanyayanighara

BarbaraBB In one day?! 7mo
thewallflower0707 @BarbaraBB Yes, I‘ve spent two hours outside in the sun with a blanket and then spent another three hours in the train 🚂 ☺️. 7mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Wow! This book is stunning: the stories, the complexities, the characters. It‘s long at 700 pages, but don‘t let that scare you. Three fascinating stories are told, 100 years apart. It‘s a masterpiece and will stay with you for a long time.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Grandfather, Charles, Edward. Mind boggling reuse of character names, settings, and situations but in totally different worlds/times. Split into 3 books, the 1st a very different past, the 2nd book the most recognizably to our current/recent past, and the 3rd a future in which one pandemic after another, climate change and the all-powerful “state” create a dystopia. I don‘t know if I “got” everything I was meant to in this huge book but I love it.

AmyG Exactly...not sure if I “got” it all eitther but I loved the writing and especially Book 3. 7mo
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kbuggle
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At 700 pages this is not a light read- it‘s heavy and weight and content. I will read anything Yanagihara writes (I loved A Little Life).
Split into three sections the last is the longest, and strongest. I may have missed the mark on why the other two sections even existed. That being said the writing is of course top notch, and I‘m looking forward to going back and reading her first novel, The People In The Trees.

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sarahbarnes
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What can I say, I‘m a huge fan of Yanigahara and this book didn‘t disappoint. Despite the length I flew through it. I loved the clever threads woven through the three stories and the variations on themes of race, colonialism, sexuality. I think my favorite was book 3, set in a very believable future.

TrishB Book 3 was my fave too ❤️ 7mo
AmyG Yep, Book 3 was my favorite, too. 7mo
Minervasbutler Mine too. Charlie broke my heart 7mo
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StellaB
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This writer really knows how to do ‘vulnerable‘. Three stories that cleverly echo one another, all with main characters that have zero agency. As in ‘A Little Life‘ the writing is full of compassion for human suffering and weakness, but unlike Jude these characters are completely dependent on others. I enjoyed the imagined past and future worlds, which are written as an intelligent commentary on our present.

AnneCecilie Love your review. I‘m almost finished reading and this sums up my feelings too. 7mo
StellaB @AnneCecilie Thank you, looking forward to your review. Overall I‘m glad I‘ve read this, all 700+ pages of it… (edited) 7mo
Brimful Great review. I very much enjoyed this 2mo
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Tera66
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#AlmostAChunksterChallenge @TheAromaofBooks
I don‘t enjoy short story collections because they leave me frustrated and unsatisfied, and while none of the stories in this book could be considered short they left me feeling the same way. I am so disappointed, I have not read A Little Life but have heard how emotional it is and how much the book hit people right in the feels. So I had hoped that I was about to read something similar. ⬇️

Tera66 But in the end I just felt angry!! I did start by reading the physical copy but I was struggling so I switched to audio. And while I did enjoy the audio much more, and the performances are great, I still feel let down. I did really like some parts and I think I would have liked the three parts as whole books on their own. I just don‘t know what the author was going for with this. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! Sorry this one didn't work out. So frustrating, especially when it's a longer book!! 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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For me, this beast of a book is just marvelous. I can see why it wouldn‘t work for all readers, with its three separate parts and reusing of names, but it really worked for me. I clearly need to go back and read A Little Life.

CuriousG People in the Trees is also very good. A brilliant author 7mo
Hooked_on_books @CuriousG I suspect I‘ll read that one as well. I‘m a believer after this book! 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Read by candlelight this evening to #remembersharon
Though I didn‘t know her, I am glad to be able to honor her memory in this shared space we all love 🕯 ♥️ 📖

Texreader 💙🌸 7mo
Bklover ❤️ 7mo
Wife ❤️ 7mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 7mo
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LatrelWhite
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Loving this…start two days ago and already half way through😍beautifully written. Oh yeah this is a chunkster!

TrishB Loved it too ♥️ 7mo
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Oryx
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The fabulous Hanya Yanagihara on Manchester- she was so great. I loved hearing what she had to say about To Paradise. And now I want to read it again.
And bonus, a lovely catch up with @TrishB

TrishB She was absolutely amazing. Insightful, interesting and eloquent. Want to read all the books again! 7mo
Mitch Now that‘s an event I wish I was at! 7mo
BarbaraBB What a great evening, to meet eachother and the author. Very jealous! 7mo
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squirrelbrain You looked like you were quite close to the stage… 7mo
TrishB @Mitch @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain it was a great evening! We were in the second row 😁 7mo
Bookwormjillk Very cool! 7mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! 7mo
Reggie @TrishB and @Oryx did she tell ya‘ll what happened to Book 3 Charlie? Lol 7mo
TrishB @reggie she said that none of us know what the next chapter in our lives will bring 😁 7mo
Reggie @TrishB Lololol what a totally Hanya answer!!!! 7mo
TrishB @Reggie it totally is ❤️ 7mo
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Oryx
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On my way to see Hanya ❤️ hoping to get this signed

@trishb

rockpools Ooh! Have fun! (Also, an evening out… how amazing is that?!) 7mo
Oryx @rockpools I know! I'm marvelling at being out at all, nevermind on a week night! 7mo
rockpools @Oryx 😂 As I was typing that, I wasn‘t sure if it was just me! 7mo
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AmyG Oh wow. Let us know how she explains To Paradise...how the 3 stories connect. 🤣 Have a wonderful evening! (edited) 7mo
squirrelbrain Have a fabulous time! ❤️ 7mo
LeahBergen Lucky you! 👏👏 7mo
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Tera66
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#Sharreadathon
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Professional_Book_Dragon
Today I participated in the Sharreadathon in memory of our Litsy pal @sharread , I didn't know her well, but from what I have seen from others she was a sweet, generous and very loved.💗
Today I did some Audiocleaning, listened to the tagged book and did a deep clean of my bedroom. Made it to the half way point.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How is this one? I‘ve seen mixed reviews. 7mo
Tera66 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've enjoyed parts of this, now more so since I switched to audio. But I'm kind of disappointed so far. I've heard how great A Little Life is, and emotional. I've only "felt" something in one small part in this one. Its a chunkster, not sure if it's worth it. But it may have an amazing ending ?‍♀️ 7mo
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rockpools
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I am horribly behind with reviews, so going to try for some concise ones to catch up with myself. *waffle*. I may be behind because I just don‘t know what to say about this one! Here are some random thoughts.

I‘m glad I read it & the audio was fab. It‘s a very ‘clever‘ book with repeating themes, repeating names, a unique structure, & so many different ways to read it. You‘re left with SO MANY QUESTIONS. It really is crying out to be a bookclub

rockpools read (so that‘s handy!).

But… with one exception the characters are so distant. While book 3 was the most engaging, Book 2 is the one that has stayed with me (weird! Also, note I‘m not even mentioning book 1). The complete uncertainty made it almost difficult to care. And I found the ending bleak, almost inevitable (I know not everyone did!)

So a pick because it is unique & epic, but a low pick because I‘m not sure it‘ll stay with me.
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Cinfhen Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I‘m so glad I went audio as well but so funny, I almost wish the second half of book two wasn‘t even included. I totally AGREE! THIS BOOK is SCREAMING for bookclub discussion 8mo
rockpools @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy! Unfortunately as I was uncharacteristically early reading this, I‘ll have forgotten all my questions by the time we book club 😂😂 8mo
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AmyG Ha...I think we all have questions. I wish I could discuss it with the author. So many WHYs. 8mo
rockpools @AmyG SO many whys! 8mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I may go audio too , sounds like a good way to go ❤️ 8mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy ☺️. The audio was really good - I find it easier with these chunksters sometimes!! 8mo
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Addison_Reads
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I really loved A Little Life, and although I enjoyed this one as well, it didn't have quite the impact.

Yanagihara is an author though whose books will stand the test of time and people will read, cherish, and talk about for years.

I'm still not entirely sure why this book is divided into three books. There are similar themes of choices and freedom amongst them all, but each part is unique and could really stand on its own. (more in comments)

Addison_Reads By far the third book in this epic novel was my favorite. The world created was bleak, but the characters and the story are phenomenal, and scary. 😕 Using the character names again in each book was maddening at first. I kept trying to make connections, but sadly, I kept coming up without explanations. This book will not rip your heart out like ALL, but it will take you on an incredible, immersive journey. 8mo
AmyG I also loved the third book. It was so real. Good review…spot on. 8mo
BarbaraBB I felt the same! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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What is Yanagihara trying to tell? Are the books even related? And the names made my head spinning. I enjoyed all three books and the writing but I am not loving it like many of you did. Too little of a reward after 700 pages! I still don‘t know what to think but am tending to think in line with the overall bleakness of the book.

#19822022 #2022 #pop22 #BookByAPacificIslander #52BooksIn52weeks #IncludesAMap #Booked2022 #MCLivingWithHIV

AmyG I, too, wasn‘t sure the books were related. Perhaps only in certain themes. I loved the first and third books, liked the second one. Loved the writing. I thought about this book for weeks and basically gave up trying to figure it out. 🤣 (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB @AmyG I think that‘s best but for now it‘s still nagging. That last scene! 8mo
Cinfhen Stunning photo 🙌🏻💕it drove me mad, the recycling of names and the books not being related except for the house in Washington Park & overall themes @AmyG @BarbaraBB I still want to discuss and dissect this book but I feel like it‘s too far away from me now. I can‘t remember specifics anymore nor the correct names 🙄 8mo
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Librarybelle A worthy book for multiple challenge prompts! 8mo
RaeLovesToRead I will join the discussion in a few months 😄😄 8mo
Cortg I finished my bookclub book today and starting this one in a couple hours! We‘ll see! 8mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I already have a hard time remembering the names 👵🏼😂 8mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead haha yes it takes some time 😉 8mo
Cinfhen #TRUTH 😜🤣David, Charles, Edward that‘s all I can remember and grandfather 🤔🤷🏼‍♀️😉 8mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I had forgotten about Edward while reading book 3 until he made his arrival 🤦🏻‍♀️ 8mo
AmyG It bugged me too for a while-but it passes. The names….who remembers anymore? I remember reading in an interview with her something about chaos theory. That always stuck with me. How some things happened to shape our world the way it is-and how our world could have been shaped in a million different ways. As with our entire world (macrocosm) and our individual world (microcosm). Oh yeah-I thought about this for weeks. 😂 8mo
Deblovestoread Excellent questions! If you figure out the answers let me know 😂 love the writing but didn‘t get real invested until Charlie in book 3 and then…. Was there a point to any of it? 8mo
BarbaraBB @Kdgordon88 Probably. But I didn‘t find it 😉 8mo
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ErikasMindfulShelf
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This took me a long time to read. I liked it, but I‘m not sure I totally got it.

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Addison_Reads
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65

I'm hoping to finish these three books this weekend. I'm currently on part 2 of the tagged book.

I'd love to know what you're reading this weekend @Reggie and @readordierachel

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 8mo
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youneverarrived
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Been putting this off because of the length but it‘s calling to me now 🤍

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 8mo
squirrelbrain It‘s 3 separate books, so you can always split it if you need to. Enjoy! 8mo
readordierachel Look forward to your thoughts on it! 8mo
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andrew61 Enjoy. 8mo
Megabooks It‘s fantastic! 8mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I was thinking I might do that. Do the 3 books connect to each other? 8mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel I‘ve heard mostly good but still mixed reviews so I‘m intrigued. 8mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks I‘m loving the writing so far. Feel like it might be a slow build up? But I‘m enjoying it. (edited) 8mo
rockpools Enjoy it 😊 (I think you will!) 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Much love for this book on Litsy, I hope to read it. Enjoy! 8mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy! I‘m trying to decide on print or audio, but either way I hope to start it soon too 8mo
squirrelbrain It‘s difficult today if they‘re connected without spoiling things…. 😁 They are, but in very strange ways! 8mo
youneverarrived @rockpools thanks Rachel. So far I‘m enjoying it 🤍 (edited) 8mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm it is getting a lot of love. A Little Life was brilliant so hoping this will be too! 8mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I‘ll look forward to seeing what you think 🤍 It usually takes me a lot longer to get through audiobooks so went with print. 8mo
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Tera66
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Like many other Littens I've switched over to the audio book of this one.🎧 I struggled through the first story and knew it was gonna put me in a slump if I kept going. I'm enjoying the audio version much more. And it's easier to keep track of the overlapping character names. 😊

bookaholic1 Good to know 8mo
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Branwen
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I finally finished the first part and am now moving on to part two! The writing is so beautifully detailed so far - I'm loving it! ❤📖❤ #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel #jupiterjazz

ravenlee The floof…can‘t stand the cuteness! 8mo
Branwen @ravenlee I'm pretty sure she gets floofier with each passing day! 🤣😂💕 8mo
HeyT 😻 😻 😻 8mo
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Branwen
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Well, I THOUGHT I might be able to finish the first part of this book later today...but Chaplin obviously had other plans and is hogging it for himself! 🤣😂 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

RaeLovesToRead Haiiii Chaplin!!!! 👋😄 8mo
GondorGirl Chaplin knows chunkster books make the best beds! 8mo
Kimzey Oh, look at Chaplin‘s cute mustache! 8mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead Chaplin says 😽❤ @GondorGirl They must be super comfy! 😂🤣 @Kimzey I think it makes him look like a distinguished gentleman! 😁💕 8mo
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