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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

By Andrew Sean Greer
Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize) by Andrew Sean Greer digital book - Fable

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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
National Bestseller
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

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3.5
Thinking Face“honestly having trouble coming to a conclusion about how I feel about this book... I wish it had hooked me from the beginning, but it took me a good chunk of the book to feel truly connected to the character of arthur less. I do like finding books with more aged gay characters, as it definitely feels like a more niche section of lgbt fiction right now. I find it to be so special and such a good reminder that it is never too late to find yourself or find love! speaking of love, I almost wish I had known ahead of time that this was ultimately going to be a romance story. I knew basically nothing about the story going into it, just that it was queer and sitting on dean's shelf lol. because of this, I had no expectations and found myself honestly a bit blindsided by the reveal that freddy was the narrator and in love with arthur the whole time. maybe this would be more satisfying of an ending if I was to reread and was actually notice hints to this throughout that I was just not paying attention to this time around. I did enjoy the prose here a good amount! well-written for sure, my only complaint about it is the fact that the vocabulary seemed excessively obscure at times. I consider myself a fan of learning new words, and will always look something up if it is unfamiliar to me, but I was doing it SO MUCH here. i encountered so many words that were extremely long and complicated, only to look up the definition and learn it meant something like "large." like was that really necessary.... idk maybe that's just me! other than that, i found the writing interesting and liked the way the book was broken up into sections for each leg of his journey. giving very odyssey and the classic hero's journey, which is fun. all in all, this was not a bad book by any means, but I wish I had more intense positive feelings about it! it was good, but didn't blow me away.”
Descriptive writingOriginal writingRealistic settingComing of ageThought-provokingUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending
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Characters change and growEasy to readRealistic settingLack of diversityPredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot

About Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. He has traveled to all of the locations in this novel, but he is only big in Italy.

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