Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize) by Andrew Sean Greer

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

By Andrew Sean Greer

  • Release Date: 2017-07-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 96 Ratings
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Description

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (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

"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles,
Washington Post

"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."--Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review

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.

Reviews

  • Do gay men never grow up?

    3
    By Salamanderdoodle
    The content is very well written. The story is ridiculous. The characters never developed or matured, thus the story is very one note. I struggled to finish.
  • Sis Lee

    5
    By plutop
    Beautiful! Descriptions of travel and places visited were pure poetry. Introspective language funny and poignant. A must read
  • Magnificent

    5
    By SDWill
    A magnificent novel. Humorous, poignant and masterfully written, I am now an ASG fan for life.
  • Excellent but Predictable

    4
    By TalesOfAReader
    The ending was cliche, but the journey to get there was impeccable. Totally worth it. So glad I read this!
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