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Less : a novel por Andrew Sean Greer
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Less : a novel (original 2017; edição 2017)

por 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.
Membro:Gadi_Cohen
Título:Less : a novel
Autores:Andrew Sean Greer
Informação:New York : A Lee Boudreaux Book, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
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Less por Andrew Sean Greer (2017)

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Every so often I read a book that I decide is “not for everyone.” “Less” is such a book. In fact, I can think of only two people I know I would recommend it to. The story is about a sad sack sort of character with the apropos name of Arthur Less. Arthur is heart broken with his love interest decides to marry another man. Not only that, but this guy actually invites Arthur to the wedding. Obviously too distraught to attend, Arthur decides he can’t even stay in the country until after the wedding, so he concocts a scheme to travel around the world on someone else’s dime. His adventures are as strange as Arthur is. I won’t spoil the end for those reading this. Suffice it to say that Greer put a tasty frosting on a terrific cake. Bravo. ( )
  DanDiercks | Nov 11, 2021 |
Cute fluffy summer reading.
I cannot fathom why this won a Pulitzer; it has as much plot as a SweetDreams romance but with less emotional growth for the protagonist. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
Less Is More

Andrew Sean Greer’s peripatetic contemplation on love and self-worth is a pleasant and often lyrical experience. The Less of the title is one Arthur Less, the author of several lesser works, and himself a self-deprecating fellow. The novel follows him as he travels the world to lesser award presentations, lecture gigs, and retreats to redraft his latest novel that his long time publisher has rejected. His impetus for leaving is that his younger lover, Freddy Pelu, has left him for another man whom Freddy is about to marry; yet another indignity and punishment the world has inflicted on him. If there’s a literary conceit here it is that while Arthur things little of himself, believes that the world continually catches him in traps designed to pummel him with failure, the opposite appears to be true; that many do like him as a man, respect him as a writer (just not a loyal gay writer), and love him enough to give up other lovers and husbands for him. If we can find a lesson here, perhaps it is that we shouldn’t be quite as down on ourselves as some of us tend to be; that, really, we probably are better people than we give ourselves credit for being.

Greer possesses a skillful style that floats the story along and engages the reader. Even when not much happens, the little bit happens with charm. Greer’s also a keen observer of people, in particular people many readers probably don’t encounter much in their own lives. These are people steeped in the art of thinking about themselves, those around them, and translating their observations into essays, novels, and poems we read to sharpen our own insights not only into the workings of the world but ourselves as well. Greer has created a charming voice for the narrator. The narrator knows Arthur intimately, in fact, better than Arthur seems to know himself. Most readers will soon enough figure out who is telling the story of Arthur’s loves and writings and bouts with angst, but even so it’s pleasantly and warmly rewarding when that narrator steps from the shadows.

So, if you’re in the mood for a charming, witty, and insightful trip around the world that includes San Francisco, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, Morocco, and India (containing some of the best passages in the novel), climb on board Less. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Less Is More

Andrew Sean Greer’s peripatetic contemplation on love and self-worth is a pleasant and often lyrical experience. The Less of the title is one Arthur Less, the author of several lesser works, and himself a self-deprecating fellow. The novel follows him as he travels the world to lesser award presentations, lecture gigs, and retreats to redraft his latest novel that his long time publisher has rejected. His impetus for leaving is that his younger lover, Freddy Pelu, has left him for another man whom Freddy is about to marry; yet another indignity and punishment the world has inflicted on him. If there’s a literary conceit here it is that while Arthur things little of himself, believes that the world continually catches him in traps designed to pummel him with failure, the opposite appears to be true; that many do like him as a man, respect him as a writer (just not a loyal gay writer), and love him enough to give up other lovers and husbands for him. If we can find a lesson here, perhaps it is that we shouldn’t be quite as down on ourselves as some of us tend to be; that, really, we probably are better people than we give ourselves credit for being.

Greer possesses a skillful style that floats the story along and engages the reader. Even when not much happens, the little bit happens with charm. Greer’s also a keen observer of people, in particular people many readers probably don’t encounter much in their own lives. These are people steeped in the art of thinking about themselves, those around them, and translating their observations into essays, novels, and poems we read to sharpen our own insights not only into the workings of the world but ourselves as well. Greer has created a charming voice for the narrator. The narrator knows Arthur intimately, in fact, better than Arthur seems to know himself. Most readers will soon enough figure out who is telling the story of Arthur’s loves and writings and bouts with angst, but even so it’s pleasantly and warmly rewarding when that narrator steps from the shadows.

So, if you’re in the mood for a charming, witty, and insightful trip around the world that includes San Francisco, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, Morocco, and India (containing some of the best passages in the novel), climb on board Less. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
how do you produce a book thats simultaneously this light and this dense?

i loved so much about it. which maybe you wouldnt think, because it took me a good seven days to finish, because every time i picked it up (i read almost exclusively before bed, or else i get nothing done), i was put to sleep. its not action packed or very plot-driven: arthur less goes on a trip around the world to avoid attending his ex's wedding. thats it. thats the plot. as he travels, he reflects on his past and his present, and a little bit of the future.

its very calm and understated but aldo unexpectedly emotional? at its core, its a book about mediocrity. arthur thinks nothing of himselff, is doing well, but he's not very remarkable. he's simply existing. and the book challenges this idea, but in a really subtle way. who's to say there's nothing remarkable about mediocrity? who's to say it's not enough?

i really fell for less as a character, and for every side character in the whole book. everybody is so flawed and so loveable and so human. there's facets to them, there are layers. nobody is just one thing. things are complicated, relationships are complicated. at times, its maybe a bit too idealistic, but it fits the vibe and makes for a compelling, full circle story, so i cant complain.

what stood out most to me was the narration. it's very... a lot. its intricate, i would say (for some, perhaps unnecessarily so), but in a very special way where it's also really simple. long sentences, long paragraphs, simple vocabulary and a lot to unpack. that's why i was advancing slowly: its very lyrical, it was super relaxing to read. prose, for me, can make or break a book, and in this case it definitely made it. it was also very interesting that from the beggining, the narrator presented itself as a character, who personally knows arthur, but we don't know who it is until the end. we can guess, i suppose, but i know i didnt.

the book is packed with a myriad of reflections on what its like to go through life, about the human experience, but in a way that doesn't feel... you know when a book tries to be wise and instead they just recite the same lines that have been going around mom-facebook for ten years? well. very NOT that. they're actually clever and interesting and, at times, genuinely breath-taking. i often found myself going back a few lines to reread and process.

its also funny in the way of the absurd, and it makes the whole book a lot lighter and more nuanced. its sweet, in that you can almost touch all the *clenches fist* yearning. its a little sad, a little melancholic, though not enough to make all of the good bitter. i love so so much about it. i see why people would find it to be a flawed book, but to me, much like with the characters, that is exactly what makes it so loveable.

"Let's have champagne before we go. I know it's noon. I need you to do my bow tie. I forget how because you never will. Prizes aren't love, but this is love. What Frank wrote: It's a summer day, and I want to be loved more than anything in the world."
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  ssuprnova | Nov 3, 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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