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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the award-winning, best-selling 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.

    To Paradise is a fin de siècle novel of marvelous 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.

    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 comprise an 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.

    ©2021 Hanya Yanagihara (P)2021 Random House Audio

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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SUMMER READING LIST

    “We are given a patriarch, wealth, children; there is an arranged marriage, an inheritance, a true love, a class divide and a significant twist. Deftly paced and judiciously detailed, the tale makes hay with the conventions of the 19th-century novel. But that’s not all. With breathtaking audacity Yanagihara rewrites America….Yanagihara masterfully repurposes themes, situations and motifs…This ambitious novel tackles major American questions and answers them in an original, engrossing way. It has a major feel. But it is finally in [its] minor moments that Yanagihara shows greatness.” - Gish Jen, The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

     “Remarkable…The emotional impact of this novel is less visceral than A LITTLE LIFE but only because the author’s scope is so vast and her dexterity so dazzling….TO PARADISE demonstrates the inexhaustible ingenuity of an author who keeps shattering expectations….she explores the dream of freedom that lures all these characters to risk everything for a paradise they desire but can barely envision.  No matter the setting – past present or future – TO PARADISE stems from the hypnotic confluence of Yanagihara’s skills.  She speaks softly, with the urgency of a whisper.  She draws us into the most intimate sympathy with these characters while placing them in crises that feel irresistibly compelling.”  - Ron Charles, The Washington Post

    “We are given a patriarch, wealth, children; there is an arranged marriage, an inheritance, a true love, a class divide and a significant twist. Deftly paced and judiciously detailed, the tale makes hay with the conventions of the 19th-century novel. But that’s not all. With breathtaking audacity Yanagihara rewrites America….Yanagihara masterfully repurposes themes, situations and motifs…This ambitious novel tackles major American questions and answers them in an original, engrossing way. It has a major feel. But it is finally in [its] minor moments that Yanagihara shows greatness.” - Gish Jen, The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

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    • Patty66215
    • 15/01/2022

    Fabulous

    I loved A Little Life and I love this one just as much. Please read this. The writing is beautiful and the way the stories are interconnected is like nothing I have ever read.

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    • Menorca
    • 18/01/2022

    a masterpiece

    An exquisitely written, convoluted book. It will surely enter the canon of American literature.

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    • Bob
    • 12/02/2022

    Feckless characters with a weak, disjointed story

    I suffered through this entire day+ (28 hours) of this story so that I could fully evaluate this book. I keep listening in hopes that it would redeem itself with characters that were empathic, relatable or at least witty. Right through to the simpering end and each of the three books within a book (don't call them mini-books at 8+ hours each) just ground on and on. Yanagihara seems obsessed with gay men and yet can't seem to write a story in which a gay man shows strength of character, judgement or concern for anyone but himself. I hope I've saved you a day in your life. Pass.

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    • Dallas
    • 27/01/2022

    disappointing. I expected a lot more

    I loved A LITTLE LIFE so much, I was eager to read the author's new book. She is definitely an accomplished writer, so it wasn't a total loss, but I wasn't moved by the individual characters. I found the use of the same names a rather contrived thread to connect what could have been a series of novellas. And the pseudo historical rewrite seemed equally gimmicky and unnecessary. Reading A LITTLE LIFE was a deeply moving experience, the highly developed characters were completely believable and engaging. Consequently their highs and woes were thrilling and agonizing. I loved those people, so I identified with them. Not so with TO PARADISE. This apocalyptic pandemic saga didn't touch my spirit. Just made me shudder.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 22/01/2022

    Brace yourself for Paradise!

    This is a brilliant, absorbing, astonishing, soul wrenching ride through a universe as real as it is imaginary… relentlessly depressing, yet I couldn’t stop until it was done. Now I’m buzzing with desire to talk to other people who’ve read it.

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    • Eclectic Guy
    • 25/01/2022

    A deep, richly satisfying, irresistible journey

    Often riveting, always intriguing, sometimes head-scratching, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heartbreaking, ultimately all-consuming and richly rewarding. I resisted reading any of the reviews until after I finished the book -- a good decision. Experiencing the structure (and its surprises) is part of what makes "To Paradise" such a wondrous -- and wonder-making -- experience. The narration is brilliant. I read parts of the book on Kindle without the narration, but most of it with the impeccable cast that was assembled to take us on this deep journey. Five stars for all aspects of "To Paradise." I was totally consumed by it until its inevitable final words.

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    • Client Amazon
    • 07/03/2022

    Wasted credit and brain space

    I bought this book because I liked A Little Life, and thought that this one had to be at least okay. It is not.
    I listened to the first part and kept thinking it could only get better.
    I could not finish the second part.
    I started the third part. It is very reminescent of Margaret Atwood. Why bother? I will listen to Oryx and Crake again.
    Forget the wasted credit… I wish I could get the time I wasted on this back…

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    • Amanda
    • 05/04/2022

    Boring

    Without giving away anything, the characters exist in an alternate reality where where people have the freedom to love who they want, yet for literally no reason the book is riddled in so much unnecessary racism. Like sprinkled in for no reason it’s a bit odd. Part 2 is beyond boring, couldn’t even finish it.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 09/03/2022

    Bad Book, Even Worse Narrators

    SPOILERS

    What we have here is three unfinished novellas packed into a single book and marketed as a single story.

    I wanted to like this so much but it fell kind of flat.
    I don't care what Hanya Yanagihara says — there is no cohesion between the three stories in the book. Shared names and recurring themes alone are not sufficient to create any meaningful relation between the three parts.

    What's worse is that each of the three parts end right at the climax of their respective stories -- no resolution is offered and we never know what the hundreds of pages of story/character building actually amount to. I get that that was a stylistic decision and that the reader isn't supposed to know what happens, but it was an awful decision to make and it prevented me from enjoying what looked like a promising book. If Yanagihara had written three separate books (and had written more than just an exposition for each of them), it might be worth checking out. Unfortunately, as it was written, it is not.

    I wanted to read this after having enjoyed A Little Life so much, but this was such a let down and I'm not sure if I'll be reading any more Yanagihara if this is representative of how most of her novels are.

    The narration is almost unlistenable. The narrators (but especially the male narrator in the last book) read like they were stage actors. Everything is dramatized and feels forcefully performed. I don't need or want to hear the narrator chuckle or sigh and pout as they read lines, and they wouldn't stop doing so in this particular audiobook.

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    • Kathy West
    • 07/03/2022

    REALLY tried but just can't finish. It is awful!

    Cannot finish this book. A plot and format that sounded interesting is in reality the same story told 3 different times in 3 different centuries. Even the names of the characters are recycled. One of them is pathetic. I could find no sympathy or even understanding for the self-indulgent misery. Have no interest in listening to theses woes retold once again in the third and final book.

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    • pohland, janine
    • 28/04/2022

    Probably my book of the year

    Great readers, an extraordinary story and many twists and turns that seem to weave a bet that stretches over place and time.

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    • FLA
    • 23/02/2022

    great piece of art!

    moving story, intense characters, sad picture of the future, much to think about, almost as good as a little life but very different, very talented speakers. the author is one of the best contemporary writers in my opinion. thanks for this story & story telling!