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namechanging1 Mon 27-Feb-17 14:46:56

Really enjoyed the beginning.....then it started getting too depressing....I am now about page 500....have started skimming, does it get better? It's too depressing at the moment, and I am starting not to care anymore as it all seems so helpless.
Do I carry on?

Rokerwriter Mon 27-Feb-17 15:00:29

Oh, no namechanging1 I'm just past page 400 and was concerned it was going that way. I'm absolutely absorbed so far and it's in serious danger of becoming my favourite book - but can I cope with this? I'm far too concerned about Jude than someone ought to be in an entirely fictional person.

JennyWreny Mon 27-Feb-17 15:32:58

I loved A Little Life. There's no way I could have stopped reading it - I had to find out what happened to the characters.

Not very helpful - sorry!!!

GeorgeHerbert Mon 27-Feb-17 19:49:26

It is a very difficult book but really worth persevering. I sobbed through the last 100 or so pages but it is probably one of the most moving books I have ever read.

loinnir Tue 28-Feb-17 12:51:58

It gets more depressing - I was willing it to end!

PhoenixRisingSlowly Tue 28-Feb-17 16:39:09

It gets worse BUT it was one of the best books I read last year and I would persevere but maybe intersperse it with an audiobook or another read which is lighter. I still feel profoundly affected by the story and the characters and, 6 months on, it's still with me strongly. A wonderful book but yes, relentless.

heymammy Tue 28-Feb-17 16:52:32

It is harrowing but I loved it. Worth persevering as others have said. I really felt for these characters and there was no way I could have quit before the end.

Carriemac Tue 28-Feb-17 21:46:14

Don't quit it is the most rewarding book, totally absorbing and stayed with me for ages

FernetBranca Tue 28-Feb-17 21:48:16

Ah, I'm in exactly the same position. Gripped by the start and now in the mire of it being bleak. I don't need you to promise me a happy ending but I do need to know it's worth persevering with...

Licketysplits Tue 28-Feb-17 21:50:01

It is so worth it but it totally broke me, I spent an entire Sunday afternoon in bed sobbing, the sorrow in some parts was just too much. I would definitely persevere, but be warned!

parklives Tue 28-Feb-17 22:09:37

But does it just keep getting shitter and shitter? I have given up on a happy ending.....but a moderately not hellish ending is what I need after all the grimness.

I just can't take the grimness anymore.....it been going on a few hundred pages and there's still 200 more to go!

KikiDeliversCakes Tue 28-Feb-17 22:13:26

Um, I guess it could be described as "getting shitter and shitter"...? But it's still by far, the best book I have read in the last 2 years. Bar none.

And I'm relieved to read that other people cried too. Sobbed in fact.

But so beautiful, an amazing piece of writing about love and grief.

Wildernesstips Tue 14-Mar-17 19:15:04

I agree, I started sobbing with about 100 pages to go and didn't really stop until the end. Brilliant book though. Don't give up!

astormgivenflesh Tue 14-Mar-17 19:24:34

I really don't get the hype for this book. I hated it with a passion. It's unrealistic and depressing right until the last page - to me it reminded me of a slightly better written Danielle Steele novel! I feel like it's one of those books no one wants to insult because it deals with MH and non het relationships which so few popular books do so it's being hailed as a fantastic, ground breaking thing even though it's crap 🙁🙁

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