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- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (26 June 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1549118706
- ISBN-13: 978-1549118708
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 14.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I've read since Tom Rachman's 2010 debut, The Imperfectionists....Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies....Like Arthur, Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."
―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
About the Author
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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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.
- 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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