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Book - 2017
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Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.
Publisher: New York, NY : A Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316316125
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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If you enjoy the TV show Queer Eye, check out this humorous Pulitzer Prize winning novel which tells the tale of 50-year-old Arthur, who travels the world looking for love and reinvention, adventure and reconnection.

After receiving a wedding invitation from his ex-boyfriend, Arthur travels around the world to avoid the ceremony.

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LPL_MeredithW Jul 30, 2018

This is the kind of book that makes people say, "Why don't books like that win awards?" - which makes its recent Pulitzer Prize all the more satisfying. LESS is a humane, thoughtful, funny novel of missed connections, minor coincidences, and deep, abiding loves of all sorts.

bookgirlatDCL Jul 25, 2018

It's been a long time since a book has touched my heart like this one. Arthur Less is about to turn 50, his lover has left him to marry someone else, and Arthur decides to go on a journey around the world. At times laugh-out-loud funny, and other times tender and heartbreaking, this is a book worth keeping on the bookshelf.

Jul 18, 2018

I agree with several other reviewers that this is a well-written novel, sometimes humorous and witty, easy to read, but lacking much depth. I am puzzled by it winning the Pulitzer Prize. It is the story of a middle-aged gay writer dreading the approach of his 50th birthday and trying to put his emotional life back together after his lover, Freddy, leaves him. He travels the world seeking insight and as an escape. I just could not connect with Arthur Less, the protagonist, as he reminisced about his previous loves and found chance, brief encounters along his journey. One aspect in particular that I found missing was any insight into his previous relationships. It seems that living with a partner for 15 years (Robert) and 9 years (Freddy) would involve more emotional connection than enjoyable romps in bed. That does not come out in the novel until perhaps the last 6-8 pages. Maybe I missed something, but I was not impressed and finished thinking I have just finished a nice, light weight summer read.

Jul 16, 2018

Too Gay? Too Gay!

Jul 01, 2018

This is a very enjoyable read; it is insightful and funny, sometimes in a bittersweet way. In some senses, the book does not have the weight and substance a Pulitzer Prize would seem to imply, but Greer has lots of great stuff to say about aging, relationships, gayness, and writing. Well worth your time (and it's relatively short, won't take you long to get through).

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.

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.

May 16, 2018

This book was recommended somewhere, probably the NYT. It is a light read, in parts very funny, but not consistently. I kept plugging as it is a short book. In the end I guess I just wanted Less.

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.

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.

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Jul 25, 2017

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