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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
A breakout romantic comedy by the bestselling author of five critically acclaimed novels 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.
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BarbaraJean
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Mehso-so

I liked this less than I‘d hoped I would.😆I never really connected with Arthur. He was just a bit...bland. His fumbles were amusing & the Germany section was probably my favorite, but I felt like I never really got inside his hurt/confusion/inability to know what he wanted—or whatever was going on internally. The choice of narrator felt a bit contrived, too—so although this elicited a wry smile here & there, overall it was disappointing.

BarbaraJean #bookfitnesschallenge Book 13/12 complete! (edited) 1w
RaimeyGallant Omg, thank god I'm not the only one. I was like, what's wrong with me? Why don't I like A Pulitzer? 1w
rwmg That doesn't sound too good. It's on my virtual TBR shelf. 1w
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margotenenbaum
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What should I read next 🤔. I have to start reading what I have before I buy more.

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IuliaCG
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Heart-warming thoughts on ageing and the complexity of love and relationships

readingjedi I loved this one! 2w
IuliaCG @readingjedi I'm loving it too! 😊 2w
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sudi
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Thank you so much @Tanisha_A 😘😘, i received the parcel today, I'm so excited to read it. I loved the postcards (especially the Vincent Van Gogh one, i always cry when i watch the Doctor Who episode based on him). The bookmarks and the little notebook are too cute. Thank you for being an awesome friend 😊💖 and showering me with all these wonderful gifts.

Tanisha_A Yay! 💚 2w
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Scochrane26
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“As with almost every sunset, but with this one in particular: shut the f... up.”
This was the moment that I found really funny. I liked this book—the characters were interesting, & I related to Arthur worrying about getting older & his future. The love story was ok, there were some amusing moments. But, I wouldn‘t say it‘s Pulitzer Prize worthy. Obv, the Pulitzer committee thought differently. I rounded up on GR, but here I will give it a 3.5/5.

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Scochrane26
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Decided I‘m in the mood to read this one instead of another I had started. Took a walk tonight, now a new book. Book 5/6 for #bookfitnesschallenge #BFC

wanderinglynn You‘re killing your book goal! 🙌🏻 3w
Scochrane26 @wanderinglynn Shout will be 6/6 on book goal, plus I‘m starting an audiobook. I‘m on summer break/looking for a job, so I typically read a lot more this time of year. 3w
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Rachel.Rencher
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Relaxing on this fine Saturday afternoon with a new book! I have been interested in this one for a while, so I'm excited to start it.

Question for you all: Does it persuade you to pick up a book you wouldn't otherwise read if it's won an award?

gradcat For me, the answer is yes. It adds, I suppose, a bit of weight to the choice. By the way, I used this book in a post just yesterday—it‘s kismet! 1mo
Freespirit Yes I think so. Although those books are often not my favourites. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl That would be a no for me, awards do not influence me in any way. 1mo
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Rachel.Rencher @Freespirit I have to agree... it's almost like movies that win Oscars. Some are fabulous, but I feel like most over do it just to win the award. 1mo
Rachel.Rencher @gradcat Oh that's funny! 1mo
BarbaraJean Not usually, if it‘s a book I wouldn‘t otherwise be interested in. If a book I‘m interested in wins an award, it does prompt me to read it sooner than I would have otherwise! 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes, and like @Freespirit , they are not often my favorites! 1mo
gradcat @Freespirit I agree, and I also concur with the thoughts of @BarbaraJean re books, and especially with @Rachel.Rencher re movies. By the way, are you enjoying the book? (edited) 1mo
Rachel.Rencher @gradcat So far it's good! A little heavy on the exposition, but I think it's going to start picking up. I'm like 40ish pages in. 😊 1mo
Rachel.Rencher @gradcat Update- I bailed on it. I just couldn't get into it after a few chapters. 1mo
gradcat Ohhh, so sorry. I guess it‘s not for everyone. 😐 1mo
ReneeBijou I finished it last week. It is a slow start but it builds. It was a quick read too. I don‘t know why it won a Pulitzer though. I read an article that gave a detailed look at the Pulitzer Prize process and it was very random much like publisher‘s clearing house giveaway. It diminished the award in my mind, not that I would turn it down. 😉 4w
Rachel.Rencher @ReneeBijou it's random? Oh wow I didn't know that. That's too bad because I was wondering the same thing. 😂 4w
Rachel.Rencher @ReneeBijou By the way, welcome to Litsy! 🤗❤ @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4w
ReneeBijou Thank you! 4w
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gradcat
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#MayMovieMagic

(Day 24 - #WaitingForTheMiracle)

*The protagonist of this novel, a struggling novelist, needs a miracle. Searching for it takes him all over the world: Paris, Berlin, the Sahara, Morocco, India, and finally, an island in the Arabian Sea. He may find his miracle, he may not. But this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an extraordinarily funny read. Maybe you should read it and see if he does, indeed, find his miracle. ♥️

Cinfhen I started this book a few months back but I just wasn‘t getting the MC so I put the book down but never finished. Maybe I need to try again 😁 1mo
rohit-sawant Cool collage! Stacked this one a while back. 1mo
Theaelizabet Funny and heartfelt, and so satisfying, really. I teared a bit at the end. 1mo
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gradcat @Cinfhen I think it‘s meant to be kind of lightweight...but it‘s very funny. Maybe that‘s not up your alley, but it‘s not terribly long, so ... 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
gradcat @rohit-sawant Thank you, again. I hope you get around to it—I‘d be interested in your thoughts. 1mo
gradcat @Theaelizabet I know what you mean. That‘s the way it hit me, too. ♥️ 1mo
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mspixieears
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His brain sits before its cash register again, charging him for old shames as if he has not paid before.

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mspixieears
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How heartening it is to watch him speak; how disconcerting, however, to listen.

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mspixieears
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So far, so hilarious, and only one chapter in. I can‘t wait to get my copy signed tomorrow!

CarolynM I loved this one. 2mo
mspixieears @CarolynM the author in conversation last night was so good! he‘s so funny personable. 2mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it🙂 2mo
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Devyn
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Thank goodness for pups who know when your allergies are acting up and know to calm down and cuddle up.

I wasn‘t expecting to like Less all that much but I wanted to read it since it won the Pulitzer, but I‘m really into it! Was anyone else an unexpected fan?

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I read this one almost entirely because the author is coming to the Auckland Writers Festival otherwise I might have skipped over it and that would have been a shame ! It is a delightful diversion. I fell for the bumbling charms of Arthur Less while not always sharing his humour. What I liked a lot were the astute musings on ageing and the complexities of relationships, plus all the travel was fun.

CarolynM I agree, I loved Arthur Less. There was a lovely article about Greer in the Good Weekend section of The Age on the weekend. It's on the website, if I knew how I'd link to it but I'm not that clever🙂 2mo
Redheadrambles @CarolynM thanks I will go check that out 2mo
Redwritinghood Glad you enjoyed it! It was a fun book. 2mo
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deneb
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Pickpick

Fantastically self absorbed Less who thinks he might be.

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violabrain
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Pickpick

Funniest book I‘ve read in a LONG time. I was laughing out loud uncontrollably for most of the book (good thing I read it in the privacy of my own home!). But it‘s also poignant and sweet.

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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

A man on the cusp of his fiftieth birthday embarks on a trip around the world to avoid the wedding of his ex lover. Wonderfully written and funny!

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Expandingbookshelf
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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 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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GatheringBooks
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#SpringIntoReading Day 14: This was definitely a #laugh out loud read in some parts & hold my heart in my hands at others. I suppose I have a weakness for vulnerable voices ringed with gentle self-mockery and defeat – and lived with the touch of genius for most of their lives. I was taken by the ruminations on love: trite, saturated to the point of blinding white, neither new nor original, yet it worked for me. My review https://wp.me/sDlzr-beauty

JennyM Fabulous review. 2mo
CarolynM I totally agree with what you say. I loved this one too❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Great review 2mo
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vkois88 Awesome review ❤ 2mo
Reggie Awww I‘m glad you liked this!!! 2mo
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bookranters
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Pickpick

I couldn't finish this book but that genuinely wasn't the book's fault. This isn't my genre and I only tried it because I keep seeing it everywhere. However, if you enjoy very character driven lit with a finding yourself kind of plot, this will be a book you enjoy. From what I read, it was a very well paced and structured novel. I'm a little sad it wasn't for me. 😫

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Rissreads
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Mehso-so

Hmmmm, I am a bit miffed about how this book won the Pulitzer Prize last year. I really struggled with the first half and I think I would have bailed except it is my book club book pick. I warmed slightly to the story in the second half especially some of the observations about growing old.
I did like some of the writing though:
‘Bougainvillea bloomed on their porch like a discarded prom dress.‘

LapReader I picked it up from my building‘s book exchange then put it back before reading it. 3mo
Rissreads @LapReader some people have really loved it. 3mo
MrsMalaprop I‘m with you on this Nerissa. We did it for BC at the end of last year. Some members absolutely loved it. 2mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop we are reviewing it at our next meeting in early May. It will be interesting to see who liked it and who didn‘t. 2mo
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TheLibrarian
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Pickpick

I‘m way behind on reviews so this will be super brief.

This was a pick for me but would have been a so-so if I had read it at a different time. When I read the book it was after reading a bunch of thriller/mysteries and I was in need of a break. Overall the writing was fine and there was semi-decent character development when it came to the MC.

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Pickpick

I liked the second half of this book much more than the first. I found the character of Less unlikeable, and was not terribly invested in his fate one way or another. As the story progressed I became more invested. I really liked the author‘s observations on love and growing older, and might recommend the book just for those. Overall, the narrative perspective didn‘t work for me. I liked it but didn‘t love it. 3/5

HardcoverHearts Same. It was an ok read but with the Pulitzer behind it, my expectations were higher than the book delivered. 3mo
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AudreyMorris
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Mehso-so

A quick read but just so-so for me, though I can see others loving it. Almost-50 newly single gay author Arthur Less avoids his ex‘s wedding by accepting all work and personal invitations he receives, and travels the world. A successful author who has always been in his more-famous friends‘ and other ex‘s shadows, his blue suit is his favorite identity. The humor didn‘t hit right for me, and I could not relate to the character. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #pulitzer

RealBooks4ever Sorry it wasn‘t for you! I enjoyed it immensely. 💜 Hope your next read hits the spot! 3mo
EKonrad Agreed! I can‘t understand why this won a Pulitzer. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
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holarosarita
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Mehso-so
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holarosarita
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Never has a book so succinctly summed up how I feel about reading it.

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emilyhaldi
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Mehso-so

While I enjoyed Arthur Less‘s self-deprecating humor for about 100 pages, in the end I just feel like I wanted “less” of this book. #imbored

MicheleinPhilly PREACH! 3mo
8little_paws I didn't like the ending of this book. I knocked off a star for that. 3mo
TrishB Didn‘t even finish it! 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Cute kitty!😻👋 3mo
MichelleScott_author Adorable reading companion! 3mo
emilyhaldi @8little_paws so disappointed in the ending!!! 😝 3mo
Reviewsbylola Lol I already figured I wouldn‘t like this one. You confirmed it. 3mo
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Drocchio03
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Mehso-so

A little too meta and overwritten for my taste - but still enjoyably charming and transporting. I‘m glad I went on the protagonist‘s travels around the world and through his past, but wouldn‘t want to take the journey again.

Cinfhen Great review!! I bailed on this one. I was hoping for more but was quickly put off by the writer‘s style 😬 2mo
Drocchio03 Thank you! I‘m never sure if I‘m giving too much or too little away. I had a tough time getting through too. The saving grace was Arthur‘s visit to Morocco; I was there in October! 2mo
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Drocchio03
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holarosarita
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Putting this in as #ahumorbook, let‘s see if it makes me laugh! #readharder2019

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ReadingEnvy
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Panpan

Having slogged through to the end of this novel, I have a theory. The author wrote the last line first, felt pretty proud of himself, and decided to write a novel that could end with it. While I did have an occasional chuckle, I found most of the novel repetitive and tedious.
#pulitzer #amreading #booksof2019 #bookstagram

TrishB I bailed on this one! 4mo
ReadingEnvy @TrishB I should have! 4mo
JennyM Me too... 4mo
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BookNAround I didn‘t love this one either. 4mo
CarolynM I liked this one a lot. Just goes to show how individual the reading experience is🙂 4mo
saresmoore Gosh, I hated this book. I really don‘t understand the appeal. 4mo
ReadingEnvy @CarolynM totally. I've had a few people say so in Instagram too. 4mo
batsy I love a good pan of a popular or acclaimed book 😁 4mo
TheLudicReader This is on my tbr shelf, but I guess I won't rush to read it. 😂 4mo
ReadingEnvy @batsy *curtsy* 4mo
ReadingEnvy @TheLudicReader some.people love it! 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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Pickpick

I‘d say this was between a pick and a so so. I liked Arthur Less a lot, and I think a lot of what he feels is relatable, but not a whole lot really happens in this book.

Reggie Melissa Sue, Lol, traveling the world is a lot. Having a lover in Germany where people are fainting at your readings in bad German no less. Going to a book dinner party in France where you meet a guy who you wonder where his lover is that you‘re able to have such a passionate stolen kiss on the balcony. Going to a birthday party where everyone is getting sick and it is simultaneously a sweet valentine nod to Agatha Christie. If these things are 4mo
Reggie are not a lot I need to redefine my definition of “a lot.” Lol jk we all read differently. I‘m glad you liked it. I liked Arthur “a lot” also. 4mo
holarosarita A lot happens. Just nothing of import. 3mo
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ReadingEnvy
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#jacaranda
How many before it's an outright conspiracy?

Zelma I think we hit that point already. They stalk you. 4mo
saresmoore 👀 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Zelma I need to move somewhere with jacarandas in the backyard. 4mo
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Zelma @ReadingEnvy or a tattoo. 😁 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Zelma !!! The first word that stalked me is thrum so what would that tattoo look like? Jacaranda would be a neat one. 4mo
Zelma Maybe some word art instead of a picture. You could keep adding for every word that stalk you in life. 😆 4mo
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kbuggle
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this so much more than I anticipated. Simple and sweet.

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Peaceful_Reader
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Really enjoying this romp across the world with Arthur Less!

Peaceful_Reader “-but his faith is fast; he takes the wheel of what feels like an enameled toaster and follows the clear, perfect signs out of Kyoto, toward the hill country. Less is grateful the signs are clear because the GPS, after giving crisp, stern directions to the highway, becomes drunk on its own power outside the city limits...” 4mo
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Oblomov26
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Pickpick

Well I liked this book a lot, but it is not the kind of story I would associate with the Pulitzer‘s. A gay writer turning fifty who has separated from his younger lover, travels around the world writers festival to guest lecture roles, meditating on his life, loves and achievements, before returning home to face the remainder of his life. A soppy, sentimental loving book, deep but not to deep, I can see why it is referred to as a romantic comedy.

CarolynM I loved this one too 4mo
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Oblomov26
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This is a quotable book ... and so very observant

CarolynM It sure is! 4mo
Reggie Your posts have me itching for a reread. I really liked this book. 4mo
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Oblomov26
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Okay as a man now past fifty this quote struck close to home

Alfoster So true😂😂😂 (Well, I‘m a woman over 50 so same deal)! 4mo
sprainedbrain What a great quote! 4mo
ValerieAndBooks This was a good book! ❤️ Less!! 4mo
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tokyoseg
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Pickpick

Wow, never thought I‘d find myself relating to a 50 years old gay man, but I found Arthur Less SO so relatable, especially as I‘m approaching 40 and feeling like a lost little kid.
Anyway, loved this journey so much, I laughed and I cried, and I hoped and I looked at the dictionary a lot because it‘s very “magniloquent and spoony”.
I do wish it was just a little bit longer with a proper epilogue instead of cramming things into the last chapter.

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Pickpick

Managed to finish this last night! @Lauram
It‘s a book about learning to be alone, about learning to find yourself, about growing older. But most of all, it‘s a beautifully written story about love.

Lauram Me too! I thought this book was wonderful. 4mo
yourfavouritemixtape @Lauram me too! It was so wonderful as a whole. The story itself, the writing, the end 4mo
Megabooks It‘s a great book! 3mo
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Lauram
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I can finish this before my book club dinner on Monday, right? 😬

yourfavouritemixtape Trying to finish this before tonight as well! 4mo
Lauram @yourfavouritemixtape Did you finish? I‘ve only just finished the section in Mexico. 4mo
yourfavouritemixtape @Lauram I‘m in Marocco at the moment, but don‘t know if I manage to finish it. 4mo
mcipher My book club read it and I missed that one, but heard people loved it. Hope you enjoyed it! 4mo
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Pickpick

A case of Less is more - this was a delightful tale of hapless Arthur Less who is so much more than he thinks he is. Humility in a protagonist is a rarity. One of top three reads of 2018.

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Forgot to post this last weekend, when our library sale happened. I went when they first opened to see if there was anything I really wanted at full price and came away with the 4 bottom ones on the left. Then went back for the bag sale and got the rest. #bookhaul

Elma @MrBook Thank you! 5mo
Freespirit The Kite Runner and Deep End of the Ocean are excellent! 5mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Salivating at the sight of these stacks! 5mo
Cathythoughts Loved the Kite Runner movie 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
juliegumdrop Nice haul! 5mo
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shrewandsnail
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I was shocked when this book won the Pulitzer because it seems like light fluffy reading, i.e. chick lit, but written by a man. I am about to board a flight and this was my airport purchase, and I hope to eat my words. Or enjoy some fluff, I don't care.

Eyelit Well?!? 4mo
shrewandsnail @Eyelit I read YA novels on my Kindle app instead. 🙈 I think I was avoiding the paper book more than its content. 4mo
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Pickpick

Absolutely LOVED IT!!! I didn‘t know much about it except that it was the Pulitzer winner and after reading Eleanor Oliphant (amazing but intense and heart wrenching), this was the perfect following read. Well written and hilarious, I couldn‘t put it down. A breath of fresh air 💯

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Biljana
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Current read. Love it!

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ChrisBohjalian
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Reading both (and loving both) LESS by Andrew Sean Greer and OTHER COLOURS by Orhan Pamuk. #FridayReads

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Orhan Pamuk ❤️ - I need to get my hands on this one! 5mo
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Surabhi2
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First book of 2019 (13 Jan 2019). Loved the read. Made me chuckle aloud, feel sad with Less. Loved the use of humour in the book

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I overall enjoyed this book. It was funny, sweet, and incredibly well written. Specifically the author‘s descriptions of different locations, they were never stereotypical and I loved it. However, Less‘s crippling self doubt was grating and made my enjoyment of the book dwindle.