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Less: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018 Kindle Edition
―New York Times Book Review
"Greer is an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy.... Brilliantly funny.... Greer's narration, so elegantly laced with wit, cradles the story of a man who loses everything: his lover, his suitcase, his beard, his dignity."―Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Greer's novel is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns....Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he's just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more."―San Francisco Chronicle
"I recommend it with my whole heart."
"A piquantly funny fifth novel."
"Greer, the author of wonderful, heartfelt novels including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells and The Story of a Marriage, shows he has another powerful weapon in his arsenal: comedy. And who doesn't need a laugh right about now?"―Miami Herald
"Greer elevates Less' picaresque journey into a wise and witty novel. This is no Eat, Pray Love story of touristic uplift, but rather a grand travelogue of foibles, humiliations and self-deprecation, ending in joy, and a dollop of self-knowledge."―National Book Review
"Dressed in his trademark blue suit, Less adorably butchers the German language, nearly falls in love in Paris, celebrates his birthday in the desert and, somewhere along the way, discovers something new and fragile about the passing of time, about the coming and going of love, and what it means to be the fool of your own narrative. It's nothing less than wonderful."―Book Page
"Greer's evocations of the places Arthur visits offer zesty travelogue pleasures"―Seattle Times
"Less is perhaps Greer's finest yet.... A comic yet moving picture of an American abroad.... Less is a wondrous achievement, deserving an even larger audience than Greer's bestselling The Confessions of Max Tivoli."
―Booklist, starred review
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
'Bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful' New York Times Book Review
'A fast and rocketing read . . . a wonderful, wonderful book!' Karen Joy Fowler
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS?
Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world.
From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.
'Hilarious, and wise, and abundantly funny' Adam Haslett--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Publisher
An Extract from Less
New York: the first stop on a trip around the world. An accident, really, of Less trying to find his way out of a sticky situation. He is quite proud he has managed to do so. It was a wedding invitation.
Arthur Less has, for the past decade and a half, remained a bachelor. This came after a long period of living with the older poet Robert Brownburn, a tunnel of love he entered at twenty-one and exited, blinking in the sunlight, in his thirties. Where was he? Somewhere in there he lost the first phase of youth, like the first phase of a rocket; it had fallen, depleted, behind him. And here was the second. And last. He swore he would not give it to anyone; he would enjoy it. He would enjoy it alone. But: how to live alone and yet not be alone?
- ASIN : B07CJH8KDN
- Publisher : Abacus; 1st edition (21 April 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3889 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,905 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Less is a novelist of some renown, which is to say one of his books was highly regarded -- though his others were far less so -- and he long lived in the shadow of one of America’s great men of letters with whom he had a long-term relationship. The comedic tone of the book is set by the hapless nature we see in the character. He finds himself a secondary figure in the high-brow world of American literature, but is never completely at ease and confident in that space. Of course, when he sets out traveling in Mexico, Europe, Morocco, India, and Japan, he finds himself even less at ease than usual.
There are various mishaps along the way that make this book comedic in nature, but it also has a nostalgic melancholy about it. Not only did Less’s relationship break up followed rapidly by his ex-boyfriend becoming engaged, but one thing will happen during his travels that he can’t escape – he will turn 50. This milestone causes him to reflect upon what he might have done differently, but also causes him concern that he hasn’t enough life left to make a good go of living – either as a writer or as someone who would like to be in a relationship again.
I won’t get into the ending in detail, but will say that I was pleased to see that it didn’t just peter out into Less’s return home, but rather leaves the reader with some food for thought via the turn of events one learns about.
Needless to say, I’d recommend this book for fiction readers – particularly literary fiction readers, though it is light, readable, and short for literary fiction. This book won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
I expected a lot of adventures owing to it's globetrotting background but it was quite the opposite. No matter where Less goes, he doesn't stop wailing about his life . The story focuses more on people and the experiences he has with their encounters and with Less constantly highlighting how miserable his life is in a funny way. All in All, he has an amazing life but he doesn't know.
By Aayushi Vasava on 25 July 2018
- Freddy (Less by Andrew Sean Greer)
#bnbreadathon prompt 2- Read a book sent in our box- Less
Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. His lover from past nine years is engaged to someone else and is getting married.. How do you deal with the wedding invitation that comes in the mail, you can’t say yes because that would be too awkward and a no would look like a defeat so you accept the invites to half baked literary events all over the globe.
I was gripped to the book from the very first page, Less almost falls in loves in Paris, experiences death situation in Berlin, barely escaped the Moroccan Ski Chalet from a Saharan Sandstorm, and the most funny how he accidentally booked himself as the writer in residence Christian Retreat Center In India.. The main character Arthur Less is anxious, vain, gay and a lonely man. The narrator guides us in the most beautiful way through Less’s present and past events.
It’s a funny book with the best end ! It made me cry realising that in the end love has to find its way and everything become perfect !
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By the_book_smugglers on 24 October 2019
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Boring, boring, boring, uninspiring, repetitive, boring, thank God quite short.
Oh yes it is about love - but written in such an uninspiring language!
I have never heard of Andrew Sean Greer and I hope to never hear of him again.
Less is coming up to his 50th birthday when his younger partner of many years walks out on him and goes off to marry a new partner closer in age; Less is invited to the wedding and, fearing that he will look pitiful and pathetic if he turns up at it or pitiful and resentful if he does not turn up at it, decides to avoid the situation by going abroad, on a series of adventures (and misadventures).
Less is gay and the whole tale is set in a homosexual context, however I think this is incidental and that the story and issues it deals with would work just as well in a heterosexual context; it works perfectly for me and I am a lifelong, committed heterosexual.
I wonder if sales of the book to straight readers are hindered by Amazon's classification system, with it being identified as "Gay & Lesbian", "Gay" and "Gay Romance" but maybe this does not matter, as I recently noticed that "The Darling Buds Of May" from H E Bates is identified in "Home & Garden" as "Cottage Gardens", "Gardens In Britain" and "Trees & Shrubs".
A really great read.
If you need your reading matter to be plot driven with great dialogue, this may not be the one for you. But there is enough plot to drive the story forward, and to make you want to join Less on his journey, and I found it easy to warm to him as a character. There are touching insights, moments of wry comedy, some keen life observations, and all presented in a style of prose that at times borders on poetic. Most of the time I just wanted to give Less a hug, as he blunders through life not realising his own worth, which I suspect will resonate with many. Honestly, give it a go, it's a fairly light read (particularly for a prize winner) and the depictions of his travels are colourful and entertaining, his thoughts on life and his relationships are touching and pertinent, I suspect, to many. I couldn't put this down, and I suspect it's a book I will re-read from time to time. I look forward to reading more by this author.