Less

Less

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Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.
Publisher: New York :, Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316316125
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRE
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 25 cm

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WVMLlibrarian May 16, 2015

On the brink of 50 and newly single, Arthur Less, a writer, blindly accepts all the author invitations he’s received from around the world: various teaching assignments, retreats and readings. Thus he embarks on a journey full of awkward moments that will have you in stiches.


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boehmography
Oct 17, 2018

It was an interesting book but I'm still confused as to why it won the Pulitzer (unless the committee was entirely made up of aging gay writers). It reads as gay wish-fulfillment - for younger folks hoping they will age in a delightfully exotic way and older folks who seek to know that their life can still be exciting. The book takes a lot of turns to really get nowhere in the end. Worth the read on a beach when you're looking for something fluffy but definitely give it a pass if you're looking for more in-depth writing.

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hollys5books
Oct 14, 2018

Absolutely amazing. This is my new favorite author. I honestly didn't expect to be able to relate to it as most of the characters are gay. But now he is only the second author to whom I've ever sent a fan letter/email.

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mjk236sb
Sep 02, 2018

Well guess I didn't get this book - after almost 50 pages of this short book I still had not found anything that was sightly funny - let anywhere near hilarious. Glad that others were able to get something out of this that made it worth finishing,

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SRZ37
Aug 22, 2018

This book has it all -- a middle-list gay author (not a major figure!) about to turn 50, and his memories while enduring a slightly ridiculous world travel itinerary, has satire, laugh-out-loud humor, sharp characterizations, plus a lot of heart. It's really a romance. Loved it.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 30, 2018

This is the kind of book that makes people say, "Why don't books like that win awards?" - which makes its recent Pulitzer Prize all the more satisfying. LESS is a humane, thoughtful, funny novel of missed connections, minor coincidences, and deep, abiding loves of all sorts.

bookgirlatDCL Jul 25, 2018

It's been a long time since a book has touched my heart like this one. Arthur Less is about to turn 50, his lover has left him to marry someone else, and Arthur decides to go on a journey around the world. At times laugh-out-loud funny, and other times tender and heartbreaking, this is a book worth keeping on the bookshelf.

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cmurrin
Jul 18, 2018

I agree with several other reviewers that this is a well-written novel, sometimes humorous and witty, easy to read, but lacking much depth. I am puzzled by it winning the Pulitzer Prize. It is the story of a middle-aged gay writer dreading the approach of his 50th birthday and trying to put his emotional life back together after his lover, Freddy, leaves him. He travels the world seeking insight and as an escape. I just could not connect with Arthur Less, the protagonist, as he reminisced about his previous loves and found chance, brief encounters along his journey. One aspect in particular that I found missing was any insight into his previous relationships. It seems that living with a partner for 15 years (Robert) and 9 years (Freddy) would involve more emotional connection than enjoyable romps in bed. That does not come out in the novel until perhaps the last 6-8 pages. Maybe I missed something, but I was not impressed and finished thinking I have just finished a nice, light weight summer read.

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mclarjh
Jul 16, 2018

Too Gay? Too Gay!

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Dannyboy2452
Jul 01, 2018

This is a very enjoyable read; it is insightful and funny, sometimes in a bittersweet way. In some senses, the book does not have the weight and substance a Pulitzer Prize would seem to imply, but Greer has lots of great stuff to say about aging, relationships, gayness, and writing. Well worth your time (and it's relatively short, won't take you long to get through).

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krsbozo
Jun 17, 2018

I loved this book, laughed out loud many times, and finished in two days. Then my wife read it and loved it, too.

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samrouthier
Jul 25, 2017

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