THE TRUTHIEST TRUTHS FOUND IN "A LITTLE LIFE" BY HANYA YANAGIHARA
If you want a beautifully written yet depressing page turner, read this.
- •"The thing he hadn't realized about success was that success made people boring. Failure also made people boring but in a different way: it was the difference between running and running in place, and although running was boring - at least the person running was moving, through different scenery and past different vistas."
- •"How was friendship any more codependent than a relationship? Why was it admirable when you were 27 but creepy when you were 37? Why wasn't friendship as good as a relationship? It was 2 people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex, physical attraction, money, children nor property but only by the shared agreement to keep going"
- •"Friendship was witnessing another's slow drip of miseries and long bouts of boredom and occasional triumphs. It was feeling honored by privilege of getting to be present for another person's most dismal moments, and knowing that you could be dismal around him in return."
- •"People always spoke of healing as if it were predictable and progressive, a decisive diagonal line pointing from the lower left-hand corner of a graph to the upper right....but healing had a mountain range of peaks and trenches."