A Little Life

Title: A Little Life
Author: Hanya Yanagihara
Publisher: Picador, 2015
724 pages

I have never been one of those people --I know you aren't, either-- who feels that the  love one has for a child is somehow a superior love, one more meaningful, more significant, and grander than any other.

--A Little Life page 163, Hanya Yanagihara

It took months for me to finish the book --despite the thickness and small fonts in the book-- and perhaps a life time to genuinely recover from reading this masterpiece written by American author of  Hawaiian ancestry, Hanya Yanagihara. It's a bestseller, the Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlisted, trending topic in social media and book clubs, and many more and even Jon Michaud in the New Yorker said that Yanagihara's novel can also drive you mad, consume you and take over your life

Perhaps the reason why it took me so long to finish the book was I simply just couldn't stand to finish the story. Yanagihara is a master storyteller. She can transform ordinary moments such as a day at the office, a fight between friends, everyday conversation, etc into something extraordinary. She's getting the details rights and completely described.  

A Little Life tells about four friends, Malcolm, Willem, JB, and Jude in New York City after they graduate from college. They dream to chase big careers and basically they made it. Malcolm is an architect, JB becomes a painter, Willem is a popular actor and Jude as a successful lawyer. 

Willem and Jude are so very close perhaps since they are both orphaned, have no money, and move into a small apartment that they can afford when they just start their career.

The story then focus on Jude, the most mysterious character among four. Jude is unknown, refuse to reveal anything about his childhood of life before meeting his friends. Apart from his successful career as a lawyer, he's actually broken, full of secrets, self-harming, slicing his arms at 2 am and makes his body a web of scar tissue.

This awesome book left me with lots of things. Never though that childhood sexual abuse could be that horrific. I got to hold my breath every time I read the parts of trauma and abuse. Serious sanction is definitely  a must to be imposed to the sexual abuse defendant. No matter what.

A highly recommended novel. A life time favorite.  

After translating 500 pages of documents...

All you want to do is having a deep sleep. 

For me it is added by visiting a bookshop. I just realized that I haven't been in the bookshop for quite sometime --I guess since I am busy finishing tons of books I bought at Big Bad Wolf (and there are still a lot left unread)-- and the feeling of happiness was still there, being around books. I thought that I need some simple book that I could finish it within a day and finally found The Architecture of Love written by Ika Natassa.  The good book was already in my hands, now it's time to drop by at a cafe, ordered a hot green tea latte and drowned in Raia and River's adventure in New York. Well...this book turned out to be interesting since it made me wanted to visit New York #AddTheBucketList.

The next day, I decided to fulfill my other interest which was going to a cinema and enjoying good movies. Here it went, I watched three movies for three days in a row. Yes, you read it right. I started by watching Ini Kisah 3 Dara and felt in love with the story and  suddenly wanted to go to Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara, the setting of the movie which is dangerously beautiful. The next day, I went and watched Warkop Reborn and laughing till my stomach hurt (not doing such things for so long). Last movie that I watched with the girls was BFG. We love this big friendly giant and enjoyed all parts of the movie.

Today I just stayed home (cooking ketupat??? Of course not), planned to read some books yet ended up falling a sleep. However I feel recharged now, ready to welcome Eid al-Adha tomorrow.  Hope everyone having a blessed holiday, too.