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 Feb 03, 2018

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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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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llwboston
Jun 12, 2018

At times wistful, at times wildly humorous account of Arthur Less's travels as he tries to heal a broken heart and at the same time resurrect his literary career. Mildly satirical portraits of successful creative types, and a very engaging travelogue. Enjoyable reading (I laughed out loud a few times), though I can't quite rave about it the way the Pulitzer committee did. Heartfelt, but not particularly deep.

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EmilyEm
Jun 11, 2018

Arthur Less is having a midlife crises and sets out on a round-the-world journey, hoping to make sense of it all. Irreverent, funny, thoughtful. Perfect summer reading.

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laphampeak
May 06, 2018

It almost has "A Man Called Ove" vibe to it. Sensitive, sweet, humorous...Sequencing the story through his visits to various continents with intertwinings of his romantic relationships, combined with his quips and thoughts on aging made for an endearing, lively piece.

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LucasHill
May 04, 2018

As cliché as it sounds, this literary romance has heart and humanity. Arthur Less is at his personal and professional wit's end. He's been unable to convince his long-time publisher to greenlight his newest book, and his most successful relationships are all in the past. He has no one to whom he is very close, no family, and the gay community calls.him a "bad gay" for how he's been portraying them in his work. In order to do something with himself, and also to avoid going to an ex's wedding, he goes on a globetrotting trip, taking temporary academic positions others have passed on (and he normally would, too).

Greer knows how to turn a phrase, but there isn't much story here. Less moves from one mini-adventure to another, and the spiritual payoff just seems to occur because that's just what happens in stories like this. I wasn't invested too much. The jacket blurbs suggest this will have you rolling in laughter. I chuckled a bit, but I found it more heartwarming (genuinely so) than funny.

I must say that my review is tepid not because this won the Pulitzer and I'm going against the grain, but because this is my genuinely reaction to the novel. It's a pretty average book.

debwalker Apr 18, 2018

Just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The committee calls it “a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love.”

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Gigi76
Apr 13, 2018

So good!!!

Nicr Apr 06, 2018

Arthur Less, a writer of the "famous Russian River School," is traveling the world, having escaped a former lover's wedding by accepting every professional invitation that had been accumulating on his desk. His publisher has rejected his latest novel; a rival tells him that as a writer he's "a bad gay" (his characters incline to the morose); he's awaiting his fiftieth birthday. Chapter by chapter, country by country, his funny, insecure, very human adventures follow. A truly endearing character.

ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 27, 2018

Sophisticated and sweet, this comic novel about a self deprecating, charming novelist is a delight. His anxieties are not because he's gay but because he's psychologically open and unprotected. It's a pleasure to read of his loves, friendships, and adventures.

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Clair1937
Mar 11, 2018

So I, as an old lady but avid reader, am in the minority....yes, the characters strike a
chord and yes, there is amusing dialog and clever style...but no where on the jacket
is one alerted to the fact that this is a book very focused on homosexual love life with
all its trials and tribulations. More bed descriptions and sex than I think was needed
to tell the real story: mild failure to achieve peeking over the horizon and haunting a nice fellow whose claim to fame seems to have boiled down to having been the shocking young lover of a really (as in Pulitzer) poet, decades his elder. Anyway, BE AWARE if this type of romance novel is not your thing, don't bother checking it out.

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samrouthier
Jul 25, 2017

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