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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: 9780316465182
0316465186
9780316316149
0316316148
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (263 pages) : illustrations.

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mamariccardi
Oct 18, 2018

I was expecting so much from this book after reading the glowing reviews. I found it tedious and not funny at all. There are too many other books to read so didn't even finish it.

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boehmography
Oct 17, 2018

It was an interesting book but I'm still confused as to why it won the Pulitzer (unless the committee was entirely made up of aging gay writers). It reads as gay wish-fulfillment - for younger folks hoping they will age in a delightfully exotic way and older folks who seek to know that their life can still be exciting. The book takes a lot of turns to really get nowhere in the end. Worth the read on a beach when you're looking for something fluffy but definitely give it a pass if you're looking for more in-depth writing.

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hollys5books
Oct 14, 2018

Absolutely amazing. This is my new favorite author. I honestly didn't expect to be able to relate to it as most of the characters are gay. But now he is only the second author to whom I've ever sent a fan letter/email.

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mjk236sb
Sep 02, 2018

Well guess I didn't get this book - after almost 50 pages of this short book I still had not found anything that was sightly funny - let anywhere near hilarious. Glad that others were able to get something out of this that made it worth finishing,

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SRZ37
Aug 22, 2018

This book has it all -- a middle-list gay author (not a major figure!) about to turn 50, and his memories while enduring a slightly ridiculous world travel itinerary, has satire, laugh-out-loud humor, sharp characterizations, plus a lot of heart. It's really a romance. Loved it.

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.

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cmurrin
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.

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mclarjh
Jul 16, 2018

Too Gay? Too Gay!

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Dannyboy2452
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).

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Jul 25, 2017

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