A fair number of reviews I've skimmed: "This book is good/fine/etc for what it is, but I don't see why it won the Pulitzer."
Me: "So you missed the part in the third chapter where it dared the Pulitzer committee to give it the prize."
This was something that I normally pick up, but I did for a book club. I was not all that interested in the characters. Maybe because the main character was self sorrowful. I did like the places that he traveled, but he never really fully solved his sorrow. Then again that could be one of the lessons the reader was to learn.
Really well written book about a man approaching 50 whose long term relationship has just ended. Also his latest novel has been rejected. He travels around the world on a writing mission, trying to resurrect his self esteem and rewrite his novel. He is an endearing character so you happily travel with him and by the end you feel you know him. Thoroughly recommend
Rarely do I call a book special, but this one is. Full of magic, twists and turns, heartbreak, and love and LOTS of travel! Highly recommend the #audiobook!! 5⭐️
#LitsyWalkathon #bfc #bfcr2 #goteam I was going for 8k steps before 8 AM and got 9.3k! 🙌🏻 Now for some hydration.
Wonderful walk between storm fronts! Caught a picture of these beautiful flowers. Humid but cooler.
🤞🏻 that the storms end in time to grill out. 🥩🥔and squash on the menu!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸
#bfc #bfcr2 #bookfitnesschallenge #goteam
For #BFCr2 - a book I own for every two virtual drops from my library. ...Pride month was a good reason to read this book, it‘s an upcoming IRL bookclub pick, and there is that Pulitzer thing. Reviews are mixed so I was expecting to just move through it. However, I enjoyed this book, the witty writing style, and bits of philosophy there in. I‘m an eat-pray-love kind of girl and this is essentially that for a middle-aged white American gay guy.
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.
What should I read next 🤔. I have to start reading what I have before I buy more.
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.
“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.
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?
(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. ♥️
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?
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.
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.‘
#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
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. 😫
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.‘
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
How many before it's an outright conspiracy?