#jude st francis
None of them really wanted to listen to someone else’s story anyway; they only wanted to tell their own.
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— Hanya Yanagihara, from A Little Life
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the mortifying ordeal of being known.
any way the wind blows- rainbow rowell / a little life- hanya yanagihara / no. 6 volume 2- atsuko asano / mockingjay- suzanne collins
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harold on willem and jude
moments from a little life
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“what he knew, he knew from books, and books lied, they made things prettier”
— hanya yanagihara, a little life.
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You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.
- Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
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when hanya yanagihara said “and so i try to be kind in everything i see, because in everything i see, i see him” and when hanya yanagihara said “‘what can i do?’ willem asked. ‘nothing,’ jude said. they were quiet. ‘but willem—will you stay with me for a little while?’ ‘of course,’ he said” and when hanya yanagihara said “those lines he thought of whenever he was coming home, coming back to greene street after a long time away—“and tell me this: i must be absolutely sure. this place i’ve reached, is it truly ithaca?”—as all around him, the apartment filled with light” and when hanya yanagihara said “they all loved jude, and admired him, but he often felt that jude had let him see a little more of him—just a little—than he had shown the others, and was unsure what he was supposed to do with that knowledge” and when hanya yanagihara said “why wasn’t friendship as good as a relationship? why wasn’t it even better? it was two people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex or physical attraction or money or children or property, but only by the shared agreement to keep going, the mutual dedication to a union that could never be codified” and when hanya yanagihara said “‘and who are you?’ ‘i’m willem ragnarasson and i will never let you go’” and when hanya yanagihara said “since then, willem has held him in the same way every night, even through july” and when hanya yanagihara said “finally, and most important, jude st francis, my best friend and love of my life, for everything” and whe
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i. people watching
smoke signals — phoebe bridgers // unknown source // a little life — hanya yanagihara // benedict smith — i wish i wrote the way i thought // a little life — hanya yanagihara.
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i'm re-reading a little life and there are so many details i missed while reading it for the first time that i decided to annotate the whole book and it has been so good and heartbreaking and overwhelming it's so crazy how this book plays with my emotions and yet i keep gravitating towards it
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jude expressing his anxiety about willem not cuddling him once when they were sleeping is the reason i cry myself to sleep every night
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hanya yanagihara a little life, young royals, sarah kay private parts, peter weaver, taylor swift last kiss
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sometimes he wakes so far from himself that he can’t even remember who he is. “where am i?” he asks, desperate, and then, “who am i? who am i?” and then he hears, so close to his ear that it is as if the voice is originating inside his own head, willem’s whispered incantation. “you’re jude st. francis... and i will never let you go.”
books read in 2021 ❧ a little life by hanya yanagihara (★★★★★)
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A Little Life
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you are in love, taylor swift / a little life, hanya yanagihara
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