Less

Less

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 : A Lee Boudreaux Book, Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316316125
0316316121
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 18, 2019

While I wasn’t too sure in the beginning if I was going to stick with this title, I found this sort of love story, sort of fish out of water comedy fun in the end.

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bmclaughlin
Jan 17, 2019

This is brilliant writing. The framework is a world tour that allows the narrator to bring the principal character through a series of amusing cultural encounters while sharing his personal history in long flashbacks and reminiscences. Less — that’s the character’s name — has a complicated relationship with the world, his middling success as a writer, his two principal romantic relationships. The story propels itself forward as a series of adventures with Ulysses wandering his way home as the model, with asides that keep adding depth to the central figure. And the ending is a revelation!

But so much happens in the writing on a sentence to sentence level that I kept stopping to reread paragraphs.

And now I’m off to read Greer’s earlier work.

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Jasonwinn
Jan 16, 2019

I read this book after it was recommended when i asked about authors similar to Christopher Moore. Being a gay man close to 50 the first little bit peaked my curiousity. By the end of the second chapter i found i was reading it now only because i had started it. The story was so so and the characters were half hazardly thrown together. The entire read was quick thankfully as it just felt like the story never really came together in a way that worked. This book is more like someone took all the elements of a great read and told a group of meth heads to put it together. I was extremely disappointed in this one. Possibly because i was expecting more of a christopher Moore style and humor i was left feeling let down. I may have to give it another chance in a few years and now knowing his style it will be better.

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maggiepcurtis
Jan 13, 2019

Found this on the Lucky shelf and grabbed it since I had kept seeing it on the best seller list. Can't say I understand why it's an award winner or a best seller. Finished it but didn't really like it. Skimmed parts. At least it was a fast read to move onto something else.

Thegiver Jan 09, 2019

If Less is More I fail to disagree. Eat, Pray, Love meets a gay man who is running away to run away not necessarily find himself. I tried to be open-minded to the story but always felt Arthur Less just didn't get it! Could it be that's the comedy of the story that I took way too seriously? Or is it one of those books I have to read twice to finally get it.

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CabiriCat
Jan 08, 2019

In short...while I actually found the writing of Less to be smart and sometimes very witty, the story just didn't engage me enough to stay with the book through to the end. That may be a result of my own naive shortcomings; I expected a story about a comedic 'adventure' rather than a coming of middle age story about lost love and career losses. The main character was fun to chuckle at but hard to feel sympathy for.

While reading, I would be engaged...but when I went away, I quickly forgot about it, and that was the test. (so I turned to a good crime novel instead) Which is too bad, because--full disclosure--I am not familiar with the author or his writing, and I thought it was interesting & uplifting to find a story centered solely around a middle age gay man.

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mighty_mom
Jan 06, 2019

I have no idea why this won a Pulitzer. Some reviewers said it was funny? I hesitated finishing it more than once because it was depressing. Every now and then there were clever turns of phrases, but not enough to save it. Not worth reading.

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peacebenow
Dec 26, 2018

Not sure where the recommendation for this book came from but I couldn't finish it. I had doubts, it got a little better but I now can't or don't want to try and follow the logic behind this story to complete this book. Very disconnected! This guy, Less has a story but I can't read w/ this writing style.

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NaomiBenaron
Dec 06, 2018

I can't understand the interest in a self-absorbed, self-pitying, shallow-minded author-as-character. You could hang a "writer at work" sign on almost every line as Greer trips over himself to get from one clever scene to the next. It felt like reading the script for a mindless sitcom - not that I've ever wasted my time on that. There was little character development, more like a cardboard representation of a character, little sense of place or time, and minor characters seemed sketched with a painfully racist pen. Pulitzer prize??? What on earth has this country come to? Oh. That's right. I forgot.

LPL_IlkaI Dec 04, 2018

Arthur Less is a failed author on the cusp of a midlife crisis of sorts. After receiving a wedding invite from an ex-lover and experiencing a subsequent mental fallout, Mr. Less soon finds himself on a globetrotting journey of self-actualization. Less is a lovable, self effacing, and amusing read that will brighten dark times. It is a treat, for sure, and worthy of its praise!

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Jul 25, 2017

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