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Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018. 

Who says you can't run away from your problems?

Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. 

From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.

©2018 Andrew Sean Greer (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

 "Bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful." (New York Times

 "You will sob little tears of joy." (Nell Zink)

"A fast and rocketing read...a wonderful, wonderful book!" (Karen Joy Fowler)

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It took me a while to warm to Arthur Less, but there are some very funny parts which are worth holding out for. Is it a love story? Probably.

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A nice book - thats all I can say

I think that being the Pulitzer Prize winner means that you go into this book with very high expectations but I am not sure that it lived up to the, probably, uninvited hype. Don't get me wrong its a nice story about a man named Arthur Less who travels the world to avoid dealing with his ex boyfriends wedding and meets strangers and friends along the way . It is well written, the characters enjoyable and a very good narrator, but I am not sure this book had the impact that I expected it to. Its a nice book, I'm afraid that is all I can say. I didn't laugh, I didn't cry, but I did listen to the whole book through and was left thinking 'yeah that was ok.'

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Absolutely wonderful

Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful novel, perfectly crafted and very poignant. I smiled, cried and laughed out loud. Thank you.

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Entertaining and brilliantly performed. V ejoyable

No great story but both moving and amusing with characters cleverly brought to life by an excellent narrator.

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FABULOUS!

My advice ... listen, enjoy and fall in love with Arthur Less. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • J. M. Allais
  • 06-11-18

'Less' is a great read and listen

I loved both the book and the audio book. It is a warm human story about recognisable people. But my husband found it dull - It's doesn't have enough action so I wouldn't recommend it for lovers of action.