How long does it take to finish a book with 700 pages? Well, in case of A Little Life, it took me only 7 days. I’ve had little sleep, and worked very little, but it was worth it.
The first things that comes to mind while reading this book is: how much can people suffer in their lives? The main character Jude is the personification of ‘bad luck’. He has an incredibly hard life, that makes you put every bad thing in your own life into perspective. I think anyone can relate to Jude, in a certain way. But I sincerely hope that no one had to go through all that.
When the worst of his childhood years are over, he goes to college. There he meets his three best friends, the other focus of the book. One of those friends is called Willem. Willem is his rock. Later in the book they become even closer. Until the most tragic ending happens.
Something important I learned from the book was to make sure people know they are appreciated. His whole life Jude thought he wasn’t loved. He always felt like he should return it when people did something nice for him. He never felt like he deserved the love his friends had for him. I think I’ve felt it sometimes, just like everyone else. But I don’t want anyone of my friends or family feel like that, ever! So my mission now is to make people feel loved and appreciated like they deserve.
Another thing that I picked up was the importance of friendship. Even if you’re born without family, you can create your own. Good friends will stand by you and accept you no matter what you do or what you look like. Jude never believed it, but his friends loved him so much. He was a successful young man with loads of friends but he was never confident enough to understand that his friends liked him for who he was. Jude has the most amazing life but still can’t cope with himself and his feelings.
There’s only one thing that kind of stood out in a not-so-good-way. The four friends who are the main focus, all become very successful. Like the way of successful only a handful of people can achieve. They travel all over the world, buy several houses in New York and go eat sushi several times a week. The kind of life that’s lifeporn. It takes away a bit of seriousness of the book.
Long story short. Any book that is over 500 pages would become boring. But not this one. I wish this one never ended. Don’t read if you’re emotionally unstable. It took me several days to get over it.