By: Andrew Sean Greer BUY BOOK HERE
Arthur Less is on a journey around the world to rediscover himself--and also to avoid the wedding of the love of his life to someone else. As he travels from San Francisco to New York to Paris to India to Japan to Morocco he is uncovering the parts of Less that need to become More in order to find happiness. The narration of this book is unique and will catch you off guard, have you laughing, and pondering your life journey all at the same time. I actually think I loved it because of what it believes. "Just for the record: happiness is not bullshit." Every character is desperately flawed and every setting has a rainy day and every relationship is complicated, but its the unwavering pursuit of happiness that made this book touch home for me. And, there is much significance in the bright blue water of the background. LESS is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, along with many other awards.
“Strange to be almost fifty, no? I feel like I just understood how to be young." "Yes! It's like the last day in a foreign country. You finally figure out where to get coffee, and drinks, and a good steak. And then you have to leave. And you won't ever be back.”
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.
“How can so many things become a bore by middle age — philosophy, radicalism, and other fast foods— but heartbreak keeps its sting?”