To Paradise

By (author)Hanya Yanagihara

 500 999

720 pages

From-the-author-of-the-classic-A-Little-Life,-a-bold,-brilliant-novel-spanning-three-centuries-and-three-different-versions-of-the-American-experiment,-about-lovers,-family,-loss-and-the-elusive-promise-of-utopia.

From-the-author-of-the-classic-A-Little-Life,-a-bold,-brilliant-novel-spanning-three-centuries-and-three-different-versions-of-the-American-experiment,-about-lovers,-family,-loss-and-the-elusive-promise-of-utopia.

In-an-alternate-version-of-1893-America,-New-York-is-part-of-the-Free-States,-where-people-may-live-and-love-whomever-they-please-(or-so-it-seems).-The-fragile-young-scion-of-a-distinguished-family-resists-betrothal-to-a-worthy-suitor,-drawn-to-a-charming-music-teacher-of-no-means.-In-a-1993-Manhattan-besieged-by-the-AIDS-epidemic,-a-young-Hawaiian-man-lives-with-his-much-older,-wealthier-partner,-hiding-his-troubled-childhood-and-the-fate-of-his-father.-And-in-2093,-in-a-world-riven-by-plagues-and-governed-by-totalitarian-rule,-a-powerful-scientist’s-damaged-granddaughter-tries-to-navigate-life-without-him—and-solve-the-mystery-of-her-husband’s-disappearances.

These-three-sections-are-joined-in-an-enthralling-and-ingenious-symphony,-as-recurring-notes-and-themes-deepen-and-enrich-one-another:-A-townhouse-in-Washington-Square-Park-in-Greenwich-Village;-illness,-and-treatments-that-come-at-a-terrible-cost;-wealth-and-squalor;-the-weak-and-the-strong;-race;-the-definition-of-family,-and-of-nationhood;-the-dangerous-righteousness-of-the-powerful,-and-of-revolutionaries;-the-longing-to-find-a-place-in-an-earthly-paradise,-and-the-gradual-realization-that-it-can’t-exist.-What-unites-not-just-the-characters,-but-these-Americas,-are-their-reckonings-with-the-qualities-that-make-us-human:-Fear.-Love.-Shame.-Need.-Loneliness.

To-Paradise-is-a-fin-de-siècle-novel-of-marvellous-literary-effect,-but-above-all-it-is-a-work-of-emotional-genius.-The-great-power-of-this-remarkable-novel-is-driven-by-Yanagihara’s-understanding-of-the-aching-desire-to-protect-those-we-love-–-partners,-lovers,-children,-friends,-family-and-even-our-fellow-citizens-–-and-the-pain-that-ensues-when-we-cannot.

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