A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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Once I noticed that, the other flaws in the novel became too distracting. A Little Life engages in a sort of luxury porn, where all the characters are outrageously successful and wealthy, and enjoy exhaustively described dinner parties, vacations and custom built vacation homes. If you like that kind of thing (and a few of the people who liked this book have mentioned enjoying these descriptions) this book will probably work for you, but as it's something that annoys me (why would I want to read about people for whom life lacks the challenges most people face?) this compounded the other flaw in the novel.
I think that Yanigihara is a brilliant writer. I also think that A Little Life would have been a great book had it been half the length it is. And I like enormous novels. Both The Marriage Plot and The Goldfinch filled me with happiness.
>3 raidergirl3: Yep, The Goldfinch polarized people in much the same way. I thought both books were too long for what they had within them (and I loved both of Donna Tartt's other novels, length and all).
For what it's worth, I adored The Goldfinch, which I found worked on many levels and was rich with symbolism. Hanya Yanagihara's style is compulsively readable, but A Little Life just does not seem to have the same kind of depth.