Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)
Andrew Sean Greer
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A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017
A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award
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.
A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.
"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."--Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review
Great job Andrew Greer
Slow build, leaves you thinking
This book reads like a page-turning summer read overall but every once in a while you get whacked with a solid upper cut that leaves you breathless and wondering where it came from. At several points, I had to stop and reread sections to get the full effect. 2/3 of the way through the book, I was sold but still not convinced of the Pulitzer status. The second I finished the last page, tears streaming down my face, however, I already knew I needed to read it again.
Arthur Less is at once the most boring and most relatable character I’ve read in years. He is me, us. Reading his story made me think about my own life experiences, my own desires and fears.
Less has a wonderful, easy quality to it. It reads quickly but delivers pleasing moments of mysticism, philosophy, romance, self-help, and even religion. It makes you think without being heavy or demanding.
I’m rereading as we speak and will likely pass through it a few more times before I’m done. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s ever loved or been loved.
A wonderful story of life and love.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Jul 18, 2017
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 272 Pages
- Language: English