Less (winner Of The Pulitzer Prize): A Novel by Andrew Sean GreerLess (winner Of The Pulitzer Prize): A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Less (winner Of The Pulitzer Prize): A Novel

byAndrew Sean Greer

Hardcover | July 18, 2017

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



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.

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

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

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, t...
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Title:Less (winner Of The Pulitzer Prize): A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.12 inPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316316121

ISBN - 13:9780316316125

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I wasn't sure what to expect, but the story flowed from one event to another, and in different countries. It was funny, with so many mis adventures. Well written. Enjoyed it.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book I could really relate to Arthur Less. Well-deserved Pulutzwr win.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Skilled Story Teller I loved Less, or rather I loved the author Andrew Sean Greer. He's such a skilled writer. His turns of phrase were surprising and remarkable. As soon as I stumbled on one and thought, "I must remember this," another was pushing the last out of my head. The words he chooses, his metaphors, and his ability to spin just the right amount of detail all made reading this story enjoyable. The story itself was interesting and Less never stays in one spot too long. So his round-the-world journey sped along at a good pace and I never got bored. And even though the book jacket hints at the ending, I was nonetheless surprised and delighted by it. I'm definitely going to try more of Greer's work.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So lovely Greer's writing is so clean, his metaphors so gentle and precise. It's a wonderful read. I laughed, I happy cried. It has all the things.
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peering Inside the Human Heart When a novel is a Pulitzer Prize winner, I crack the cover with a bit of trepidation. Will it live up to the hype and to my particular tastes in literature? The two are not always synonymous. It took a few chapters, but “Less” did grow on me – if you’ll pardon the pun – the deeper I progressed into it. “Less” is the story of Arthur Less – a novelist with moderate success early in his career and increasingly less (pun intended) as the years go by. The novel’s premise is deceptively simple. Less accepts an assortment of invitations to minor literary events around the world so he can be out of the country when his former gay lover gets married. Arthur’s comical misadventures as he travels are contrasted with his struggle to come to terms with the approaching landmark age of 50 and the inescapable truth that his life is less than he hoped for in pretty much every way. The narrative perspective is a bit of a tease – primarily third person with periodic switches to first person. The tease does get paid off in the end in a manner that lends some dignity to Arthur’s life and a sense of purpose for him. “Less” is first and foremost a satire of the American abroad. I am not particularly drawn to that genre. But Andrew Sean Greer is a gifted novelist with a lyrical bent and an ability to peer inside the human heart. “Less” won me over as I accepted where it was going and sat back to enjoy the ride.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story, I relieved my travels. Very interesting perspectives and well written, I felt like I was back in Morocco, France and India all over again. Incredible character as well.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good Not a kind of book that I would normally read but I read it anyways, and I am pleased.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read I have to read more stories by this author! The writing draws the reader right in; you fell the emotions the character is experiencing in that moment.The self-pity, the anxieties and neurosis we think to our selves all day are reflected on the page and the writing style is just perfect. Not to mention the world travel and cultural tidbits that flavor the story. Fans of Eat Pray Love will love this novel. The spectrum of emotions the author evokes with this character in a short (272 is short to me when I think of character development) story is commendable. I read this in just about twenty four hours with tea, it was perfection.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant I didn't love this all the way through. The writing is lovely (funny, poignant, sharp observations, satirical), but the plot felt plodding at times. That said, there is something to be said for the clarity that comes at the conclusion of the book (the kind that ensures a re-read at some point down the road). The ending is indeed lovely (Nell Zink's comment on the dust jacket: "If you have a sentimental bone in your body (I have 206), the ending will make you sob little tears of joy.")
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Wonderfully written.certainly deserved the pulitzer
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I liked the idea of the book, but was hard to really submerge into the whole story line
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! such an amazing find, totally recommend it #plumreview !!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not that great People just pretend to like this because it won an award.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So wonderful This book definitely deserves the Pulitzer Prize, reading it was such a wonderful experience. It's full of adventures and is alternatively hilarious and heartbreaking. I will definitely be rereading this.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An adventure! This book certainly was unlike many other books that I've read! Less goes on so many adventures and this book is both inspiring and heartbreaking at times. A great book.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming and immensely enjoyable! I bought this book as a treat to myself. It's hard to find good books with gay characters - and the main character of this book is a gay novelist at mid-life. When his long-time boyfriend decides to marry another man - Arthur Less embarks on a trip around the world to distract himself. This book is the absolute definition of reading for pleasure! I enjoyed every word! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, it's always enjoyable. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Less This book came to me as a gift ..and it really was a gift. I had no idea what the book was about or who wrote it. What a delight it turned out to be! The sweetest story, told tenderly and with much insight and wisdom. My copy is full of sticky notes pointing out lovely phrasing and sentiment that we should all pay attention to in this often troubled world. An unexpected love story that is worth your time and an easy read. Says it all: " It feels possible that memory will never be finished with this moment." And also importantly: "Just for the record: happiness is not bullshit."
Date published: 2018-02-04

Editorial Reviews

"A fast and rocketing read with everything I want from a story--moments of high humor, moments of genuine wisdom, sharp insights and gorgeous images. A wonderful, wonderful book!"
-Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves