A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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 : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316316125
Branch Call Number: FIC GREER
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Laugh-out-loud funny, charming, and insightful, this story of the heartbroken, acerbic Arthur Less captivated me from beginning to end. Suggested by Marie B.

In this bittersweet, clever, and LGBTQIA+ diverse novel, Arthur Less avoids the wedding of his ex-boyfriend by embarking on an international journey of self discovery. Full of humor and introspection, Arthur Less' journey to find meaning and love is universally relatable.

A bittersweet, lyrical, and often serendipitous novel following a man as he travels the world, reflecting on his past and reinventing himself.

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IndyPL_AdamT Mar 19, 2019

This book won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, so I'm not sure how much I can add in terms of praise. However, I'd like to report that Less was an absolute joy to read. It is heartfelt and engaging. Also, in my opinion, it is the funniest book to win the Fiction Pulitzer since A Confederacy of Dunces.

JCLHelenH Mar 17, 2019

I'm not sure Less is Pulitzer-worthy. It fell pretty flat for me, especially compared to books like Sigrid Nunez' The Friend or Stray City by Chelsea Johnson.

LPL_SarahM Feb 17, 2019

MarveLESS! (I am so sorry.) This is the book that got me out of a months-long reading slump. I loved Greer's writing style and the tongue-in-cheekiness of Less. A book about a middle aged white guy and his problems who is told time and again that no one wants to hear about the problems of middle aged white guys. Funny, succinct, and romantic. WonderFULL! (Again, my apologies.)

Feb 12, 2019

This book made me [hetero female] think more about what is important in a relationship. Instead of getting miffed about him not cleaning the toilet and me always thanking him for every little housekeeping job he does, I take the advice in "Less" and just pick-up the toilet brush and think of all the great things my partner is and does. Life would be less without him.

Feb 11, 2019

Disappointing. I couldn't manage to get interested in a globe-trotting, middle-aged gay going through a mid-life crisis.

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.

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.

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

As someone who is working at living the motto Less is More I wanted to find the "more" in Less but it didn't happen. I felt the story was Eat, Pray, Love meets a gay man who is running away to avoid the loss of loosing the man he loved. 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? Then I have to say I didn't get it.

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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