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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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bio_chem06
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This was a tough one for a book club, but as usual Hanya‘s writing is so beautiful you let the 700+ page thing go.

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giulia.mosna
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5/5⭐

Ero molto indecisa sul voto da dare: il libro mi è piaciuto molto, ma non amo i finali lasciati aperti. Alla fine ho deciso di dare comunque cinque stelle, visto che trovo sia un libro unico che vale assolutamente la pena leggere.

iaietta Devo assolutamente leggere almeno uno dei suoi libri 6mo
giulia.mosna @iaietta sì decisamente, secondo me piacerebbe molto anche a te come scrive/racconta! A me manca solo "The People in the Trees" per aver letto tutti i libri che ha pubblicato finora :) 6mo
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honeydew_reader
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I couldn't stop myself from devouring this book as fast I can, even though I knew I would get no resolution from each heart wrenching chapter. Yanagihara perfectly captures the slow damnation that the passive and quiet and lonely are borne on despite their internal yearning. It's absolutely devastating in the best way possible. 800 pages fly by.

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CatMS
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Finally finished "To Paradise" Hanya Yanagihara's opus, not sure i will read another of her books...this i said after reading "A Little Life" & still picked up "To Paradise." The 2nd book was my favorite, most people said it was their least. My least favorite was the 3rd book, I feel dissatisfied with the ending. Of course my opinion of the book does not reflect on my opinion of her writing, she is a master of her craft.

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CatMS
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Many reviews stated Book II Lipo-Wao-Nahele was the least favorite. The 2nd portion of Book II is the life of Davids father Kawika in Hawaii a descendant of the monarchy. His stories tell of the Hawaiians attitude on the overthrow of the monarchy & statehood, of his school days, his befriending & involvement with Edward. Having lived in Hawaii This is my favorite book so far. I recognize places, names, schools, and their fight for sovereignty. 🌺

CatMS As i have said in previous posts on Hanya Yanagihara‘s writing, she has a tendency to write her male protagonists as weak and frustrating, I want to slap the crap out of them. Her writing is wonderful but it leaves me irritated. 10mo
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CallMeIshmael
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This book is beautiful so far

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CatMS
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Hanna Yanagihara writes her male characters as pusillanimous (see @CBee's post #weirdwords). David in To Paradise, and Jude in A Little Life. Both books are excellent but those characters are so frustrating. 🤨

She is such a wonderful writer, constantly amazed at her sentences. Though she does has a tendency to torment her characters.

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BookNerd9906
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I feel like ambiguous endings are a litmus test that I failed lol. On occasion ambiguous endings can add complexity and be so thought provoking they leave your mind blown (The Life of Pi) but often they just leave me feeling baffled and unsatisfied. To Paradise was the latter for me. HY‘s prose is beautiful and moving, but overall this book (or these three books ambiguously wrapped up into one) missed the mark for me. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 11mo
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TrishB
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#12booksof2022
Definitely this one for January and will make my pick for best of 2022.

Andrew65 Keep seeing this over the past 24 hours I clearly need to read it. 1y
squirrelbrain This was nearly my favourite of January….. 😁 1y
Ruthiella While I‘m determined to never read ALL by her, I did like her debut and this one sounds intriguing. 1y
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TrishB @Andrew65 I really loved it! 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I just looked at yours - I loved yours too! 1y
TrishB @Ruthiella it doesn‘t leave you on your knees like ALL! 1y
Megabooks I still think about this one a lot. 14mo
TrishB @Megabooks me too 😁 14mo
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KarenUK
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The writing is excellent of course, each of the stories capturing humanity and compassion. Each story(or should I say book!) echoed the others, with common names, themes and location-an NYC of the past and future, imagined and real. Characters often have little agency, complicated love, struggle with family, illness, grief. But after investing so much time, I ended up feeling a little like I was at arms length from what the book was trying to say.

BarbaraBB I can relate to your review very much! Kudos for finishing Booked and - almost - Pop! 1y
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squirrelbrain Great review! Nearly there with the challenges….! 1y
KarenUK I don‘t know what possessed me to leave 2 chunksters to December, when @) I work in retail, and b) I have page count phobia!!! 🤦‍♀️ #imsuchadumbass 😂 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 1y
Cortg Great review and I totally agree! I have 2 books to go. Next year I want to finish the challenge before December 🤣 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review!! 1y
Reggie Do you think Charlie made it to the UK? 1y
Reggie Great review, btw. 1y
KarenUK I really hope she did…. I little glimmer of hope, but I don‘t know… it all seemed a bit bleak. @Reggie 1y
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Rissreads
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Hanya Yanagihara is a go to author for me. I love all her books although this was my least favourite. This book had one of the most moving and powerful dying scenes I‘ve ever come across. So insightful. 💚

Reggie Did Charlie make it to the UK or not in the 3rd book? What do you think? 1y
Rissreads @Reggie I think she did. I hope she did! I need to believe she did. What do you think? 1y
Reggie @Rissreads I didn‘t. In fact, I think she was under surveillance because of who her grandfather was they heard everything she said when she was telling her dead husband where she was going and they followed her. I‘m sorry. I hope she made it and that she got to try chocolate cake for the first time. But I don‘t think she did. 1y
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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 1y
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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! 2y
AllDebooks Oh this is soooooo good, loved it. Welcome to Litsy xx 2y
BookNerd9906 Welcome! We love new book friends. ❤️ 2y
Reggie Do you think she made it to the UK or was she imprisoned? 2y
Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! 2y
BookwormM Very scary and a warning to those who think it could never happen here 2y
LKK526 Welcome to my reviews! 2y
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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. 2y
Yossarian @Soubhiville She could have called it “Three Even Smaller Lives.” 2y
Soubhiville 😂 2y
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Ruthiella I‘m on the fence about whether I should read this or not… 2y
Hanna-B @Ruthiella don‘t bother. 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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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 👍🏻 2y
sarahbarnes I loved this one, too. 2y
Brimful I wonder if it will make the Booker long list. Not long before we know! 2y
mjtwo Love this review 1y
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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. 2y
BookwormM @Reggie I know what you mean and it is so easy to see how it could happen 2y
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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. 2y
Leniverse @Ruthiella Yes, A Little Life is Too much sadness + cover that actively repulsed me. So I have passed on that one. 2y
squirrelbrain Well done on finishing them both! 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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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. 😂😂 2y
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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 2y
squirrelbrain I‘d read Sorrow and Bliss first, even before To Paradise…. 2y
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. 2y
squirrelbrain Book two is the least interesting one of To Paradise. 2y
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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!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
squirrelbrain Great review! 2y
Cathythoughts Nice review ❤️ 2y
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BarbaraBB Finished in time 💛😘 2y
youneverarrived @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I made it my goal 😂❤️ 2y
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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. ❤️ 2y
TrishB @sarahbarnes mine too 👍🏻 2y
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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 🥺 2y
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) 2y
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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. 2y
BarbaraBB Such a good month! 2y
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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!!! 🫖📚 2y
squirrelbrain The third part is the best… have a great day! 2y
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! ❤📖 2y
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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! 😹😹😹 2y
rubyslippersreads Does that tummy actually want to be rubbed, or is it a trap? 😹 2y
Liatrek 😻😻😻 2y
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RaeLovesToRead "Rub ma belleh... I dare you!" ?? 2y
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! 😸❤ 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen she is such a personality! 🥰 2y
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead She really is! 😸💕 2y
SRWCF @Branwen What a silly kitty! 😜 2y
Branwen @SRWCF She is the silliest cat I've ever had! 😸 2y
rubyslippersreads @Branwen My cats both love belly rubs too. 😸 2y
Branwen @rubyslippersreads Awww! I love that! 💕 2y
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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. 2y
Cortg Pop22~a book published in 2022; Booked2022~about the AIDS epidemic, though only part 2. 2y
Cortg @BarbaraBB Thanks! This one was tough to review. I‘ll be thinking about it for a while. 2y
Cinfhen Totally agree with your review 😊 2y
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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! 😻 2y
ShelleyBooksie Chaplin 2y
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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. 2y
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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!! 2y
katy4peas 😍🧶 that looks fun! I‘m knitting a little women shawl and the last 4 inches are never ending! 2y
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. 😵😵 2y
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AmyG I love all the colors!!! 2y
LeahBergen Gorgeous! 2y
thewallflower0707 I just finished To Paradise on Sunday. Enjoy it ☺️ 2y
Catsandbooks That's so cool! Beautiful work! 2y
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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?! 2y
thewallflower0707 @BarbaraBB Yes, I‘ve spent two hours outside in the sun with a blanket and then spent another three hours in the train 🚂 ☺️. 2y
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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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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. 2y
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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 ❤️ 2y
AmyG Yep, Book 3 was my favorite, too. 2y
Minervasbutler Mine too. Charlie broke my heart 2y
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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. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! Sorry this one didn't work out. So frustrating, especially when it's a longer book!! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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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 2y
Hooked_on_books @CuriousG I suspect I‘ll read that one as well. I‘m a believer after this book! 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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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 💙🌸 2y
Bklover ❤️ 2y
Wife ❤️ 2y
Suet624 💕💕💕 2y
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LatrelWhite
To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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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 ♥️ 2y
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Oryx
To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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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! 2y
Mitch Now that‘s an event I wish I was at! 2y
BarbaraBB What a great evening, to meet eachother and the author. Very jealous! 2y
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squirrelbrain You looked like you were quite close to the stage… 2y
TrishB @Mitch @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain it was a great evening! We were in the second row 😁 2y
Bookwormjillk Very cool! 2y
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! 2y
Reggie @TrishB and @Oryx did she tell ya‘ll what happened to Book 3 Charlie? Lol 2y
TrishB @reggie she said that none of us know what the next chapter in our lives will bring 😁 2y
Reggie @TrishB Lololol what a totally Hanya answer!!!! 2y
TrishB @Reggie it totally is ❤️ 2y
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