I have a new job and I want to shout from the rooftops about how fabulous it is. But I will wait for another couple of weeks just in case it turns out to be absolute crap. I hope not as I love my international students.
In the mean time……
Here’s a story about yet another book
I gather my friends in a circle saying, “I have just read a brilliant book that you must read.” They look at me sideways I can see etched on their faces here she goes again. Never the less they lean in to hear me and as I talk they slowly but surely lean back into their seats. Love my friends. Their eyes widen, or their brows crease or their mouths twist into a funny shape. I admit that I wouldn’t have read this book if I had read the back blurb, I would have shouted out PASS, and would have thrown it back on the shelf.
The book ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara – an interview attached to the link.
This book pushed my boundaries and had me thinking, LOTS. A remarkable story, not vulgar despite the content. Has a beautiful rhythm, encompassing life long friendships and shared journeys. All about Jude from a youngster till he’s almost fifty.
His body is a shambles through cutting, self-harm and injury’s suffered at others hands. These injuries inflicted on him, in latter life cause his legs to be amputated below the knee. What a journey he has, you will cry and want to hug and protect Jude, which his friends in fact do. Despite some not knowing what has happened to him. Instinct I guess bonds them.
Finally he is happy, settled, wants to live. The love of his life has an accident which is the undoing of him …..
As I listened to the interview, I became fascinated that the story was all fiction, well I don’t believe that could be true. Could it? Have a listen and let me know what you think.
A Little Life, covers
- Abuse / grooming
- Male rape
- Male prostitution
- Illegal Imprisonment
What sticks to the front of my mind as I read is that…
Negative experiences you have had in early life never leave you and probably still haunt you if not consciously then sub-consciously, maybe, the book confirms this for me. Past experiences affect your reactions, and interactions and always will. Where a psychologist may assist, maybe, maybe not. You would have to find the right one.
I’ve since discovered that experiences can be shared with the right people. I have reached out, mind you only once. Baby steps.