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Less – tekijä: Andrew Sean Greer
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Less (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Andrew Sean Greer

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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.
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Teoksen nimi:Less
Kirjailijat:Andrew Sean Greer
Info:Lee Boudreaux Books, Kindle Edition, 273 pages
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Less (tekijä: Andrew Sean Greer) (2017)

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In the bar there were two potatoes together, and they were trouble.
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  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Less, with all its stream of consciousness rambling, exquisite use of language, psychoanalytical text, is ultimately a novel about love. Love lost, love gained, love showered on someone, love made and love wasted. It traces the journey of Arthur Less, a gay author who is turning 50 and whose lover has left him to marry someone else.
Less is sad but does not want to accept it. He does not want to attend the marriage as well. Instead, he takes a tour around the world accepting invitations to events that he would not have attended normally. They include an interview with an arrogant author, a writing class, an award function, a writing retreat and a food review assignment.
His mind is still going on thinking about his life, his 50 year long life, living in the shadow of more famous partners, more handsome partners. Living on the fringe, not being known, a life of humiliation as he sees it. Or is it? Less is a journey in exploring the midlife anxiety where everyone starts thinking about the life they lived for a long time. Has he made any difference? Has he lived a good life at least for himself? The language reflects the anxieties of Less, it mocks the literary culture, its own narcissistic agenda and bloated sense of self-importance. It rambles like Joyce and is recursive in the vein of Borges. It gets boring, becomes interesting again and then gets trivial and important alternatively.
Is it worth reading? For the plot, no! A big no! Some people may feel its an ego trip, a book written by a writer for other writers. For the love story? Yes, the language is subtly romantic, the love that exists in subtle glances, the bored mundanities of having a coffee together, tired love, decadal love rather than glorified love-at-first-sight. The self pity, the self doubt, midlife anxieties and heartbreak is dressed in a humorous, self-mocking language that becomes very slow at times. Slow enough for you to feel like flipping a few pages. But the toil is worth it, much like the incident of the protagonist reading Proust's masterpiece. It deserves the accolades but makes you work hard for the same. A solid four stars for this. ( )
  ManikBal | Mar 15, 2021 |
Started this as an audiobook but couldn't get into it. ( )
  Okies | Mar 10, 2021 |
I had been warned beforehand by a well-read good friend that this much praised book (including a Pulitzer), simply never engaged her. Previously, I had started it several times, but this time I read it cover to cover, but there were extenuating circumstances. Finishing it had more to do with it being the only thing I had to read while sitting in a hospital room for more than eight hours. In a way, it took a 96-year-old relative’s heart attack to get me to finish the book.

I’m resisting any puns about the book’s title, which was simply a reference to the story’s main character, the writer, Arthur Less. The praise for this book seemed never-ending from fellow author’s and reviewers alike. Granted there are some clever one-liners sprinkled throughout the book, but they never caused me to think “hilarious,” as so many reviews labeled them. The writing is all right, but overall, I found the book as underwhelming and unimpressive as when I read another of his books, "The Confessions of Max Tivoli." I had initially given this book a better chance, as the plot was centered in the world of writers, as it followed Less’s travels on his book tour for his new book.

There are times when you miss the boat, when you never get onboard with everyone else … this was one of those times for me. If you loved the book, more power to you. As for me, Andrew Sean Greer will never be on my bookshelves again, I’ve done my time. ( )
  jphamilton | Mar 7, 2021 |
Arthur Less is going on fifty and navigating through a (lateish) mid-life crisis. Freddy, his lover of nine years, has left him to marry another man. Arthur has always insisted he wants no attachments, but receiving an invitation to Freddy's wedding is unexpectedly painful. To make matters worse, Arthur's latest novel – “Swift” – is turned down by his publishing house. It seems that its homosexual protagonist, who is suspiciously similar to Arthur himself, is not interesting, appealing or “gay” enough. In a bid to escape from it all, Arthur takes up a number of invitations for literary events around the world, a marathon trip which starts with a surreal interview with a science fiction author in New York and ends with a culinary review in Tokyo, via Mexico, Turin, Berlin, Paris, Morocco and India.

One of the characters tells Arthur that all he does is “write gay ‘Ulysses.’” In a playful metafictional twist, "Less" is himself a "gay Ulysses" – a traveller whose journeys will make him older and wiser. As we accompany him in his globetrotting tour, we laugh at him, then with him, as he ruminates on love and life.

So, can a lighthearted comedy about a washed-out gay author win the Pulitzer? Well, it did and I can understand why. Reading this novel as an ebook, I found myself repeatedly highlighting and bookmarking pages, struck by an arresting turn of phrase, a lyrical description or metaphor, a laugh-out-load moment. There’s much fun and variety in the wry humour – situation comedy (lapsed Unitarian Less finding himself in a Christian Retreat Centre), slapstick (Less dangling from a Berlin windowsill) and absurdities which might not be out of place in early Waugh or [a:Jerome K. Jerome|3352|Jerome K. Jerome|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1335971515p2/3352.jpg] (the literal German/English translations are not far removed from the famous shoe shop scene in [b:Three Men on the Bummel|324296|Three Men on the Bummel (Three Men, #2)|Jerome K. Jerome|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328606877s/324296.jpg|3352742]. Not terribly original perhaps, but it still drew chuckles from this reader.

Beneath the hilarity, however, there are more serious undercurrents. Consider this bittersweet extract in which Less and his friends, atop camels in the Moroccan desert (“with their hand-puppet heads and their hay-bale bodies, their scrawny little legs”) spot two camel boys watching the sunset.

The dunes are turning the same shades of adobe and aqua as the buildings of Marrakech. Two boys, arms around each other. To Less, it seems so foreign. It makes him sad. In his world, he never sees straight men doing this. Just as a gay couple cannot walk hand in hand down the streets of Marrakech, he thinks, two men, best friends, cannot walk hand in hand down the streets of Chicago. They cannot sit on a dune like these teenagers and watch a sunset in each other’s embrace. This Tom Sawyer love for Huck Finn.

The humour drives the book along, but to me, it is these poetic, insightful passages which make the novel stand out. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
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By his forties, all he has managed to grow is a gentle sense of himself, akin to the transparent carapace of a soft-shelled crab.
Freddy put on his red glasses, and in each aquarium a little blue fish swam.
From the open window came the song of roofers hammering and the smell of molten tar.
Arthur Less, encircling the globe! It feels cosmonautical in nature.
It is a bad musical, but, like a bad lay, a bad musical can do its job perfectly well. By the end, Arthur Less is in tears, sobbing in his seat, and he thinks he has been sobbing quietly until the lights come up and the woman seated beside him turns and says, "Honey, I don't know what happened in your life, but I am so so sorry," and gives him a lilac-scented embrace. Nothing happened to me, he wants to say to her. Nothing happened to me. I'm just a homosexual at a Broadway show.
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