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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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PaperbackPirate
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I met one more #JubilantJuly goal today by reading this book.
I loved this adventurous story of Arthur Less, a gay middle-aged man who goes on a trip around the world to have an excuse to miss his ex‘s wedding.
The shifting pov and time frames were a challenge for me, but I still enjoyed riding along on Less‘s journey. It also won a #PulitzerPrize. Bonus points for #OwnVoices . Read if you like love stories.
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✅ 2/2 books
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds a great read,well done 👏👏👏 2mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Andrew65 ! 🙌 2mo
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Shievad
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Overall a very fun and whimsical read. This book started out great then took a dip in the middle with too much detail and slow pacing and then picked up again towards the end.

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PaperbackPirate
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Here‘s what I want to read this month!
🐠 Today I finished Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell - a brief and fascinating history of Hawaii, perfect for this Independence Day
🌊 The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, and Granta 115: The F Word (Feminism) for the #MonthlyKeyWordGXO challenge (June: sea, July: word)
🏳️‍🌈 (Tagged), and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow for book club
📚 See any you‘ve read and loved?
#JulyTBR #tbr

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Charbs
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I kept thinking I might not finish this book because it seemed a bit shallow… but the travels of Less draw you in as you realize the complexity of his character lies in his simple-ness. Recommend this as a summer read, brain break, on a long plane ride, or anywhere you can enjoy simply reading.

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merelybookish
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Finished up #20in4 with 12 hours of reading. Which included listening to this fun book. It was a bit cheesy and obvious but I still enjoyed traveling around the world with Arthur Less. Some clever writing and I did legit LOL.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s great, well done 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 Thanks for playing along. 4mo
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PhilipE
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I loved this book. The writing is beautiful. In reading other reviews, I was amazed how people said they wanted to hate this book but couldn‘t. I‘m perplexed why they would come to a book wanting to hate it. The inner life of this character is Everyman. And especially every gay man. It‘s funny and tenderhearted and invites, once you‘ve finished, to want to start all over again.

readingjedi I loved this one too! 4mo
CarolynM I loved it too. Funny, sad and ultimately hopeful. 4mo
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AlexThomas
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enjoyed this as a light, quick read that packed a few hidden punches. Greer is a talented writer who is aware of his abilities. A lot of people seem to be going on about the humor in it and it is funny at times but it‘s a very superficial humor. Would recommend reading with a glass of white wine nearby.

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wallacereads
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In order to avoid attending his ex-boyfriend‘s wedding, Author Less, a writer, decides to accept multiple invitations for literary events spread across the world. This is an hilarious and brilliant novel. A must read.

CarolynM 5mo
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Christinak
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Next up from #mountTBR

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was my second time reading this book. I really enjoyed this story and found myself really choking up at some of the relationship moments and moments when other people put down Less‘s writing career. The reflections on how other people would define Less or define his feelings but never would let Less define himself also really spoke to me. Book club discussion was also excellent!

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rachaich
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Bailedbailed

Nope. Not for me.
Gave it 80 pages but have no interest or thoughts on him so am bailing...

MrT Yup. The writing style was terrible. He won the Pulitzer price for that? 8mo
rachaich @MrT I know!!! I don't seem to get on with the Pulitzer prize-winning books... 8mo
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rachaich
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Random library pick...
Has promising reviews from you guys!

Sophronisba Oh, I really loved this when it first came out. He's writing a sequel, it might be out this year. 8mo
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Karkar
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This was not what I was expecting. It drew me in and then I had to know what Less was going to do.

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sprainedbrain
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My copy of Less is an ARC that has languished on my shelf for years because it just seemed a little bland… even after it won the freaking Pulitzer. 😆

Surprise! I absolutely loved this book. SO FUNNY (literally LOL funny) at times, but also very honest and sad. Lovely writing and I just love Arthur completely. His self-deprecating, middle aged wandering confusion, denial, and haplessness, and all of the people he meets! Brilliant.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain @Reggie you were, as usual, right: I was more than ok with this one. 8mo
Decalino I really loved this one! 8mo
CarolynM I loved it too. The perfect blend of funny, sad and hopeful. 8mo
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Reggie Yayyyy!!!! I‘m so glad! I get the backlash at the time, but nevertheLESS, see what I did there, I still loved it. OR I still couldn‘t love it any LESS. Lol 8mo
vivastory @Reggie Ba dum tss 😂 8mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie 😂😂😂 8mo
DivineDiana I gave this book one of my very few 5 star ratings! Loved it! 8mo
BiblioLitten Whenever I go to the library, this book just keeps peeping at me. I have read the blurb so many times and kept it back. That‘s it, I‘m reading it this year😄 8mo
ItsAngel Well, maybe I need to try it too. I also have an ARC that‘s been on my shelf for years, but I always pass over it because it looks SOOOO bland. 😂 8mo
sprainedbrain @ItsAngel ANGEL!!! I almost tagged you in this because you sent me this book!! but you have been gone sooooo long. Miss you 😘 8mo
ItsAngel @sprainedbrain JENNY!!! 😬 I‘m back around!! Have you read Anxious People? I loved it so much!! And I missed you too!!!! 8mo
sprainedbrain @ItsAngel I have not read that one, but people with good taste keep telling me it‘s good… so I guess I should. 8mo
ItsAngel @sprainedbrain I highly recommend the audiobook…it‘s read by Marin Ireland and she does a phenomenal job! Aside from having a great narrator, this is the best book I‘ve read in…I‘m not sure how long. I laughed, I cried, had all the feels. 8mo
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candority
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Panpan

This won the Pulitzer? A novel where basically nothing happens and there is absolutely no character growth? I must be missing something, as other reviewers have called this book clever, emotional and beautifully written, while also referring to Arthur Less as loveable and fascinating. I think we must have read different books.

This was my #BookSpin pick for December. @TheAromaofBooks

TrishB I didn‘t even finish it! 9mo
candority @TrishB I was very tempted to give up several times! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks I've seen so many raving reviews for this one but every time I read the synopsis I just can't imagine myself enjoying it 9mo
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Scochrane26 I liked it but didn‘t think it was very funny. But a librarian I was in book club with thought it was hilarious. 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
sprainedbrain This book has been on my shelf for years and I‘ve finally put it on my 2022 list for a challenge… and I‘m positively dreading it. 😂 9mo
KatieB I was so disappointed too. Felt like I was missing something! 9mo
Reggie Ummm, Lolol, as usual me and you are total opposites. I just think it was a love letter to literature because he has these hidden and not so hidden homages to other works. Also, we always got the gay man whose life was cut short by HIV. This was one of the firsts where he‘s doing ok in his middle age and floundering in his love life. And he‘s not perfect by any means. @sprainedbrain you‘ll be ok. 9mo
youneverarrived I didn‘t mind it but definitely didn‘t get all the hype around it! 9mo
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markatong
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Less gave me a lot of positive feelings! It is worth noting that the pop music and literature references are on point!

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Victoria_Clyne
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Mehso-so

I think I loved the idea of this book more than the actual book. Arthur is invited to his ex-lovers wedding, rather than go he plans an elaborate excuse involving a round the world trip.

Whilst I enjoyed the descriptions of international travel and experiences I wasn't that engaged by the main character.

TamTracy I wasn‘t a huge fan either. 12mo
Victoria_Clyne @TamTracy Glad its not just me. 12mo
Scochrane26 I liked this one but didn‘t find it as funny as other people did. 12mo
thegreensofa That‘s exactly how I felt about it too 12mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gay writer goes on a trip around the world to escape the wedding of a former lover. A bit of a twist on Eat, Pray, Love in a way. I enjoyed it. The audiobook was a great companion for some weekend cooking and yard work.

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GatheringBooks
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#FallTreasures Day 9: For all intents and purposes, Arthur Less, protagonist in this story, was not really suffering from #MidLifeCrisis. He was described by other characters in the book as having a Peter Pan vibe to him, as if he has never truly grown up. There is a subtle innocence to him that is totally guileless, mildly irritating, but generally harmless. My full review: https://wp.me/sDlzr-beauty

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻📚🖤 13mo
Eggs 🥰👍🏼📚 13mo
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rwmg
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bthegood
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Loved this book - sweet, funny, insightful - enjoyed it from start to finish.

#TBR #ReadingUpdate #CurrentlyReading

CarolynM Me too. It's a delight. 13mo
bthegood @CarolynM 😊 👍 13mo
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bthegood
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Every time I hesitate adding a book to my #TBR list ( saying to myself "Will I get to it? There are already so many on the list." ) I smile.....it's a virtual list..... and I add the book.?
(Picture from WordPress)

Ruthiella Virtual lists are the best! They don‘t take up any space for me either physically or psychologically. 😀 13mo
bthegood @Ruthiella 👍😊 13mo
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bthegood
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Thx to @rwmg for reviews about Less - loving it!!

Reading books from varied genre's - and enjoying the variety -

#TBR #ReadingUpdate #CurrentlyReading

Make a great day everyone.

rwmg Glad you're enjoying it 13mo
bthegood @rwmg 😊 13mo
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SkeletonKey
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Two popular, high demand books came in for me at the library but all I want to read right now are Very Queer Books. 🙃

Sneaking in this gay Pulitzer Prize winner before I try to tackle the other stuff because I like to live dangerously with my late fines.

#lgbtq

DivineDiana This is a good one! 13mo
SkeletonKey @DivineDiana - I got sucked in pretty quickly! 13mo
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rwmg
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Arthur Less sets off on a series of professional and personal trips that will take him right round the world to mark his 50th birthday and avoid his ex's wedding to someone else.

The comedy is mainly of the hapless traveller abroad type, but Greer tells it well so there were lots of genuine LOL set pieces. It helped that I found Arthur very likeable, though I can see he would get on some people's nerves, and I was pleased for him at the ending.

Reggie My favorite part of this book is the whole Agatha Christie, people keep dropping out of the birthday party, and then there were none portion. I just thought it was cute and hilarious. 13mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I loved Less, the book and the character. So sweet and funny. 13mo
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rwmg
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He kisses—how do I explain it? Like someone in love. Like he has nothing to lose. Like someone who has just learned a foreign language and can use only the present tense and only the second person. Only now, only you. There are some men who have never been kissed like that. There are some men who discover, after Arthur Less, that they never will be again.

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bthegood This excerpt makes me want to read it...stacked✅ 14mo
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rwmg
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That feeling when an author names and describes you to the world

Reggie I dated this one guy in my 20‘s who had been in 9 car accidents and none of them had been his fault. 14mo
rwmg @Reggie Perhaps it's just as well I never learnt to drive 14mo
Reggie @rwmg lol indeed! 14mo
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rwmg
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an author too old to be fresh and too young to be rediscovered, one who never sits next to anyone on a plane who has heard of his books.

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GondorGirl
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Mehso-so

In order to avoid his ex boyfriend's wedding, Arthur Less goes on a world tour that goes rather differently than expected.

This is exactly the kind of literary fiction my pretentious twenty year old self would have loved. It's the kind of book that makes you feel like you're reading something important while simultaneously leaving you convinced that you've missed the entire point.

Overall I'm glad I read it, but wouldn't necessarily recommend.

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GondorGirl
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🧡🧡

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GondorGirl
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It's a dreadfully humid and rainy day here, so I'm reading on the sunporch with a fan pointed at me.

I'm about halfway through and so far I'm enjoying this story of a man who goes on an unexpected world tour in order to avoid going to his ex boyfriend's wedding.

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cariashley
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I loved this. It was funny and warm and just so entertaining. The ending unexpectedly brought me to tears. #percycat approves 🐱

Prairiegirl_reading I keep going back and forth if I want to read this or not. This week I‘m leaning towards read. 😄 1y
cariashley @Prairiegirl_reading i heartily recommend it, but reading through the past reviews here it does seem to be polarizing! 1y
CarolynM I loved it too❤️ 1y
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IuliaC I liked this one very much too 👍 1y
Catsandbooks Percy is so darn cute!! 💕 1y
cariashley @Catsandbooks thanks on his behalf, he really is ☺️ 1y
BookishMarginalia Percy is super cute! 1y
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Kazzie
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Strange story, but a love story! I will read it again because I‘m sure I missed parts. But funny and sweet

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bibliobliss
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>>#minimalistbookstagram for
tues feb 9, 2021

Insta: (@)biblio_bliss_

The tagged book has been on #MountTBR since July 2018. I picked it up a few weeks ago at the community #LittleFreeLibrary. It has an interesting premise for sure.

Status: #tbrpile

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#fiction #novels #AndrewSeanGreer #pulitzerprizewinners #bestsellers #lfl #paperbacks #alwaysreading #booksarelife #bookshot #bookish #booksandcoffee #bibliophile #instabook

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Jerdencon
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Mehso-so

This was just so so for me... I liked reading about all the places he traveled and it made me wish the world was better so I could start traveling again too but I found the main character kind of whiny and annoying.
But overall was a quick read and had some funny moments.

#newyearwhodis - my second book out of three finished!
@Chars @monalyisha

monalyisha Oh, this has gotten so many glowing reviews! Interesting to see a different take! 2y
Reviewsbylola I miss traveling so much. 😭 2y
Ncostell I felt the same way and was surprised that it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. 2y
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Jerdencon
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Getting ready to start my 2nd book for #newyearwhodis
@monalyisha @Chars

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Jerdencon
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Thanks for the tag @TheAromaofBooks

1. Go for my physical today.
2. A bunch of a friends snowball cookies! 🍪
3. Early in the morning before getting out of bed

@Cupcake12
#motivationalmonday

TheAromaofBooks Oooo snowball cookies!! (The snack aspect of this may be dangerous haha) 2y
Cupcake12 Snowball cookies...I‘ve heard of these in the UK. Thank you for playing x 2y
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Maria514626
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I put this down for many months after starting as an audiobook. As a print book, I loved it.

I wavered between wanting to shake Arthur and pull him aside, “Oh sweetie...” 🤦‍♀️

The writing: magnificent and often made me laugh out loud. E.g., Arthur believes he speaks German well. “How heartening it is to watch him speak; how disconcerting, however, to listen.”

This also had a real ending! Not, I-have-to-turn-this-in. So... “The End!”

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Kathleenkelly
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Panpan

I finished listening during my lunch break. My siblings both enjoyed the book. It was a little too boring for me. #BookSpinBingo

eeclayton I bailed on this after about 80 pages. Couldn't hold my attention 2y
Maria514626 I started as an audiobook and bailed, too. Boring! I picked up as a print book and loved it. I missed too much listening—the writing is excellent. 2y
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sailu112
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Mehso-so

I am all up for a book which doesn't have an interesting protagonist but at least the narrative needs to be engaging.. I really hoped I would start liking it after a few pages but even after I finished I never felt connected to the story or Less

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eeclayton
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Bailedbailed

I've read 80+ pages and I couldn't care less (no pun intended) about the remaining 2/3 of the book.
According to the blurbs it should be a "brilliantly funny" book, but I didn't laugh once.

KVanRead Yeah I found it pretty underwhelming too. Can‘t understand how it won the Pulitzer. 2y
TrishB I bailed and didn‘t laugh once either! 2y
eeclayton @KVanRead oh, underwhelming is the perfect word for this book! I'm puzzled about the Pulitzer too 2y
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eeclayton @TrishB glad to know I'm not the only one 😀 2y
TripleS Literally on page 81 as we speak and I‘m super meh about it. I hate not finishing a book though. Ughhh 2y
eeclayton @TripleS Super meh, exactly. For me it was a library book, which might make it easier to abandon. 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Honestly, early on in the book I was disappointed and wasn't enjoying it much. There are still problematic parts for me, but then also beautiful writing and Arthur Less slowly but surely creeping into my heart. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Maria514626 The writing was magnificent! And there was a real ending! Not a quick wrap-up like the author ran out of space. 😂 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Re-read this for my work book club “meeting” on Friday. I enjoyed it SLIGHTLY more this time but I‘m still gobsmacked this won the Pulitzer.

TrishB I bailed on this one, was still waiting for it to be funny! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB There were bits here and there that made me chuckle but mostly I was just annoyed. Oh poor middle-aged white man gets to travel the world on other people‘s dime and he moans and groans across the globe. 🙄 2y
KVanRead Yup this was a definite so-so for me too. And still scratching my head on the Pulitzer. Some of the writing was quite nice and he actually described some streets in my neighborhood (at times while I was walking on them!) but overall pretty meh. Felt like it should have been screwball funny but the jokes never quite happened. 2y
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emilyhaldi I found this so mediocre... the Pulitzer is certainly puzzling 🤨 (edited) 2y
TrishB Yep. 2y
EH2018 So struggling through this one...😔 2y
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mija333
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Bailedbailed

So many good ratings. It‘s me, not you.

QuoteQueen Eh I didn‘t like it either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
mija333 @QuoteQueen this is such a relief to hear that it‘s not just me. 2y
QuoteQueen @mija333 you are definitely not alone. Usually when I read a book, even one I didn‘t really like, I can‘t give it up/get rid of it. This one I want GONE. No part of my soul entered into it making it difficult to part with. However there were 2 lines in the book which did stick out to me, but not enough for me to like the book as a whole. 2y
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Macnjen
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite, I didn‘t get a lot of the references, so that‘s on me. I didn‘t find it hilarious as the reviews say.