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

de 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:MAR67
Título:Less : a novel
Autores:Andrew Sean Greer
Informação:New York : A Lee Boudreaux Book, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***
Etiquetas:2018, pulitzer-read

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Less de Andrew Sean Greer (2017)

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About halfway through, it began to feel as if this novel is about writing this novel. Arthur Less, the protagonist, is a writer of some success whose latest manuscript has been rejected by his publisher. It’s about a gay man in San Francisco approaching age 50—as is Arthur—and is depressed about his life. It takes place in one twenty-four-hour day, something like Joyce’s Ulysses.
Arthur makes it a practice never to tell what an unpublished book is about, but a woman asks him in such a disarming way after both have had the right amount of wine, and Arthur tells. Her reaction: “It’s a little hard to feel sorry for a guy like that.”
She took the words out of my mouth. I found it hard not to feel irritated at Arthur and wondered why this book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Yes, there are some fresh observations and some funny scenes. I enjoyed the chapter set in Berlin, where Arthur’s German is not as good as he thought it was, which at least entertains those he encounters. The chapter set in India is good as well.
Berlin, India: there are other locales as well, a different one for each chapter. For Arthur has embarked on a world trip. Towards the end, he rewrites his manuscript, sending his protagonist to exotic locations as well, where he, like Arthur, experiences mishap and humiliation.
In the end, Arthur discovers…. Well, I’ll leave that out, except to say that I found the concluding chapter surprisingly satisfying after my reaction to the rest of the book, ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
This is definitely a 4.5 star book for me but given the expectations for this book I will round down. I enjoyed it a lot and I did find myself laughing throughout the book. I loved the misdirections and incorrect assumptions that played throughout the novel. The age of our protagonist was obviously very close to me and while there are few if any direct parallels Great writing is great writing. Period. Full stop. I love reading books that are considered great literature and I get a lot from them. But there is no way you can convince me that Stephen King's writing is not of equal quality. He NAILS character and plot. In this book, as is often the case in his books, the plot moves into steadily more crazy and supernatural territory but he does it so seamlessly that by the time it resolves itself you are fully on board. It all makes sense, even though you would seem crazy if you tried to explain it to someone. As for characters, he may be one of the best out there at writing people. One character in this book appears and you are sure, based on a couple of behaviors and interactions, that you know exactly what she is like. Without hitting you over the head with it, and by showing you instead of telling you, he fleshes out her story until you are amazed at how entirely wrong you were at first. By the end of the story I found myself choking up as the characters interacted. They felt that real. This is writing folks. Top level writing. us I did understand some of the emotions and the inexorable pull of looking back at roads taken and not taken. I'm not sure I got as much out of this as one should. There is likely a larger moral that eluded me, but such is life. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
More like 3.5 stars. Great writing but stream of consciousness plot if there is such a thing. Chapter on Morocco was fantastic. Ending was a tad trite but happy endings tend to be that way. Writing was lovely ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
You can’t say that you weren’t warned about what you were getting yourself into here …

Too wistful. Too poignant. These walk-around-town-books, these day-in-the-life stories. I know writers love them. But I think it's hard to feel bad for this Swift fellow of yours. I mean, he has the best life of anyone I know.

In fact, one of the things I liked best about this enjoyable novel is the way that Greer inoculates himself against the Usual Suspects of 0ne-star criticism, like the class clown who has learned to get in there with the mean jokes and self-putdowns before the class bullies can gather their wits about them. Central character unlikable? Tell me about it. Spoiled, entitled, living in a precious little bubble of his own creation? Yes, yes and yes. “ … tedious, self-centered, pitiable, laughable …” Now, steady on. But yes. Nothing happens? At least twice. Greer has even managed to steel himself against snarky comments about his deservedness or otherwise of winning the Pulitzer (remember, its PULL-it-sir …), reminding us that “… prizes aren’t love … The slots of winners are already set … and if you happen to fit the slot, then bully for you!”

In case you hadn’t guessed, I enjoyed this very much. I’m unsure myself about its worthiness of a Pulitzer -- but then, I ask myself, what is a prize like the Pulitzer for? Is it enough to have a clever, literate novel, with some beautifully turned phrases and some good jokes? (Sorry, I loved the mangled German. Sue me.) A novel that is a good read, but at the same time has some interesting things to say about changes in attitudes over the thirty or so years of Arthur Less’ adulthood – changes to relationships, to aging, to success, even to our place in the world, as “middle-aged American[s] walking around with … middle-aged American sorrows” – changes that, we acknowledge, but we haven’t quite gotten used to, and that perhaps we really need to talk about. Less deserving efforts have won prizes and no one said a thing. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
3.5 left me wanting More ( )
  mortalfool | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Andrew Sean Greerautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Carré, LilliIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Espinosa, LeoArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ford, SeanDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lee, JuliannaDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Petkoff, RobertNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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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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