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Less

por Andrew Sean Greer

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Fiction. Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML: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
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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… (mais)
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To read Andrew Sean Greer who is funny and witty and has the most wonderful metaphors restores my love of fiction. I put pages of quotes in my commonplace book. In telling the story of a self-effacing, lovable, heartbroken mid-list novelist named Arthur Less and his journey around the world, I fell in love with the protagonist and the story and even the hardest heart softens with the affection and smiles in this story. Insightful, funny, endearing, the perfect antidote to the times we live in. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Quirky, somewhat of a love story and world travel novel of a bumbling but likeable turning 50 gay man who is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. Good as an audio book, as the reader does great voices and accents for the various characters. Sometimes the past/present flip flops got a bit confusing, but longer reading chunks eliminated this pitfall. Not sure of the Pulitzer status, but it does make a marginalized genre fit in wonderfully with the mainstream. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 24, 2023 |
Less didn't capture my interest at first, but once the wacky hero's journey got off the ground, I was hooked. Through a series of picaresque episodes, the novel delivers an empathetic satire of the titular character, a minor writer on the cusp of middle age who is equal parts goodhearted and self-pitying. As he bumbles across the world on a journey of self-discovery, we slowly unearth his past.

Arthur's history has a half-submerged mythological quality (as does Arthur himself) and I spent a lot of time flipping between passages, trying to connect the dots. It was fun! Also entertaining is the curious narrative structure. It's an ambitious book and Greer just barely pulls off the ending, but on the whole I liked it. It doesn't hurt that I agree with everything it has to say about the transitory joy of love and the stages of life. ( )
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
A beautifully structured and written story that will appeal especially to fans of romance but is worthwhile even to a cynic like me. Recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Nov 19, 2023 |
As much a story about love as a love letter to language. ( )
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Andrew Sean Greerautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Baardman, Gerdaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Carré, LilliIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Cohen-Solal, GilbertTraductionautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dal Pra, E.autor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
De Nijs, Janautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Espinosa, LeoArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ford, SeanDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Güney, KıvançTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ισμυρίδου, ΠαλμύραTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lee, JuliannaDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Marqués Muñoz, MiguelTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Meneses, Vasco Teles deautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Petkoff, RobertNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pra, E. DalTraduttoreautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Robert PetkoffNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Schnettler, Tobiasautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Stokseth, Leneautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
כץ, יואבמתרגםautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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From where I sit, the story of Arthur Less is not so bad.

Look at him: seated primly on the hotel lobby's plush round sofa, blue suit and white shirt, legs knee-crossed so that one polished loafer hangs free of its heel. The pose of a young man. His slim shadow is, in fact, still that of his younger self, but at nearly fifty he is like those bronze statues in public parks that, despite one lucky knee rubbed raw by schoolchildren, discolor beautifully until they match the trees.
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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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Fiction. Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML: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

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