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A Little Life

A Novel
Sprecher: Oliver Wyman
Spieldauer: 32 Std. und 51 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (192 Bewertungen)
Regulärer Preis: 42,95 €
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Inhaltsangabe

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize

Long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the 21st century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow, improbably, breaks through into the light.

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.

In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

Cover photograph by The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

©2015 Hanya Yanagihara (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Kritikerstimmen

"Yanagihara's immense new book, A Little Life, announces her, as decisively as a second work can, as a major American novelist." ( The Wall Street Journal)
"Yanagihara’s novel can...drive you mad, consume you, and take over your life. Like the axiom of equality, A Little Life feels elemental, irreducible - and, dark and disturbing though it is, there is beauty in it." ( The New Yorker)
"Yanagihara has drawn a deeply realized character study that inspires as much as devastates. It’s a life, just like everyone else's, but in Yanagihara’s hands, it’s also tender and large, affecting and transcendent; not a little life at all." ( The Washington Post)

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Great story and great narrator!

The story itself was just so heartbreaking and deep and complex.
The narrator did a really great job. Him giving different characters different tones didn't seem awkward or uncomfortable (as it does for me with many audio book dialogues) but just very real.

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out of tragedy comes compassion

A tale of horrific proportions that shocks to the core but told with a tenderness through the lives of compassionate characters you will yourself to believe truly exist.

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Wrist-slittingly bad

"I'm so sorry" claims the lead character of this book about 200 times, on page after page of endless self-pity, suffering, doom and gloom. I'm also sorry: sorry I didn't give up on this book far sooner. Sorry I ever picked it up, in fact. It just got worse and worse. It got to the point where I was so annoyed about the main character that every time some new misfortune befell him (and there were many, I can tell you, each more unbelievable than the last) I internally fumed "oh for f*ck's sake, this is just getting ridiculous". If Jude had been a real person one of his long-suffering friends would have long since slit his wrists for him. Unbelievable characters, unbelievable storyline. Book abandonned 3/4 way through.

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Abartig brutale Geschichte in zauberhafter Sprache und Tiefgang

Jetzt denke ich anders über Selbstmord...
Ich wollte mehrmals abbrechen da mir schlecht wurde was eine Seele ertragen muss.

Und ja, dass Liebe manchmal nicht genug ist - oder vielmehr zu viel abverlangt. Ein perfektes Beispiel für NICHT selbstlose Liebe und selbstzerstörerische Gedanken die trotz Sehnsucht alles zerstören - diese Art von Beziehung hätte niemals von Dauer sein können !

Es hätte allerdings gereicht, wenn der Autounfall normal passiert wäre und nicht unter diesen Umständen - diese negative Begegnung hätte auch weg gelassen werden können - war dann eine Spur zu überladen ....
Und das „sorry“ tausend mal !

Sehr angenehme Stimme des Sprechers .
Habe das physische Buch von einer guten Freundin zum Englisch lernen geschenkt bekommen. Da sind traumhaft schöne Formulierungen drin - lesen und zugleich mit hören ist eine perfekte Kombination:)

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Brilliant.

Eine fesselnde, tragische und sehr berührende Geschichte, keine leichte Kost, aber faszinierend durch die Exaktheit der Erzählung, die niemals ins Voyeuristische abgleitet. Ein monumentales Werk.

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Anrührend, aber nicht rührselig

Ruhig erzählte Geschichte mit emotionalem Tiefgang und manch überraschender Wendung. Der Sprecher verleiht den Figuren einen hohen Grad an Individualität. Obwohl die Handlung alles in allem konstruiert ist, wirkt sie authentisch, anrührend, aber nicht rührselig.

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Warnung

Hanya Yanagihara kann schreiben und Stimmungen und Bilder erzeugen. Bei dem Thema brutaler, sexueller Missbrauch und Ausbeutung eines Kindes und welche Auswirkungen diese Erfahrungen für das gesamte Leben haben, war es für mich schwer, der Geschichte immer zu folgen. Ist es wirklich ein Zugewinn, wenn ich als Leserin/Hörerin alle grausamen Details erzählt bekomme? Ich denke, dem Buch hätte eine Kürzung gutgetan. Die Wiederholungen des Leids machen das Buch nicht besser.

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  • lea1109
  • Laudenbach, Deutschland
  • 07.12.2018

Amazing

It is one of the best books I came across over the last 10 years and I read a lot. I had this one just as an audio-book and I have listened to it more than once - and I guess not for the last time.
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Deep, disturbing, yet beautiful.

What more can I say. The character’s plasticity as well as the detailed descriptions of places combined with the story were something that deeply affected me.

While the book can nag at you even weeks after finishing it, the book together with the audiobook really brought me to edge of taking a break. Never have I listened to a combination of narrator and story that was as fitting as it was with A Little Life.

If you got some spare hours and want something touching, grab a copy!

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5 out of 5.

Terrifically well written and read.
Hanya Yanagihara is going to be a household name and hopefully a Nobel laureate in a decade or two.
The story is haunting and wonderful and captivating and despite its length never the slightest bit boring.
There's one slight disappointment though: While the narration attends to all four protagonists rather equally in the beginning three of them fade more and more into the background as the story progresses. I would have hoped to learn about all their lives to the same extend.