Less author Andrew Sean Greer review ✓ 3

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Ο Άρθουρ Πλην είναι ένας αποτυχημένος άσημος συγγραφέας Λίγο πριν κλείσει τα πενήντα φτάνει με το ταχυδρομείο μια πρόσκληση σε γάμο ο πρώην του παντρεύεται μόνο που παντρεύεται κάποιον άλλον Ο Πλην δεν μπορεί να πάει στο γάμο ― θα παραείναι άβολο Δεν μπορεί όμως ούτε και να αρνηθεί την πρόσκληση ανοιχτά ― θα τον κουτσομπολεύουν όλοι Πρέπει να βρει έν. There is no story the main character is totally uninteresting and evokes no positive feelings the writing is competent but snarky and also repetitive the tour guide information country after country is paper thin and offers no particular insights

review Less author Andrew Sean Greer

Less author Andrew Sean Greα πρόσχημα και το βρίσκει Αποφασίζει να αποδεχτεί κάθε λογής πρόσκληση απ’ αυτές που λαμβάνουν συνήθως οι συγγραφείς για δευτεροκλασάτα συνέδρια και αδιάφορες εκδηλώσεις ανά τον κόσμοΑπ’ τη Γαλλία στην Ινδία απ’ τη Γερμανία στο Μαρόκο απ’ το Μεξικό στην Ιαπωνία ο Πλην θα κάνει το γύρο του κόσμου για να ξεφύγει απ’ την ντροπή Μόνο που σε κάθε γωνιά ?. Less follows almost fifty year old Arthur Less a not so popular novelist whose boyfriend of the past nine years is about to marry someone else When Less gets the wedding invite he decides to skip town and travel all around the world to different literary events We accompany Less as he adventures to Paris Berlin India and Cutting to the chase I did not like this book Certain elements had potential such as Less's fear of aging and his emotions surrounding past romantic relationships But these avenues for character growth received little exploration Instead Less travels around the world to avoid confronting any and all of his internal issues Though he encounters situations during his travels that remind him of his age and his romantic woes he does not walk away from these situations with much or any insight about himself how he could grow etc I feel like I just read 272 pages of a man who feels angsty uses his resources to travel around the world and then gets a happy ending with little to no actual agency or self development on his part I say the following with some frustration but mostly confusion I literally did not understand the point of this novelI also found Less such a privileged oblivious character He is tall attractive white able bodied and can afford to travel His privilege is not examined in any interesting or meaningful way I appreciated his vulnerability about his negative emotions surrounding his age his writing his love life etc but again none of these sources of internal conflict are approached in a way that connected me to Less I wanted to see of his journey to address his issues and not just his travels surface level conversations and thoughts about romantic relationshipsWhile I took pleasure in finally finishing this book I take little pleasure in writing negative reviews so here's hoping to a better read in the future I'm going to discuss this one at a book club tomorrow and with a close friend so maybe those conversations will shift my perspective Either way unfortunately I would not recommend this novel

Andrew Sean Greer ✓ 3 review

Less author Andrew Sean Greer review ✓ 3 ↠ Ο Άρθουρ Πλην είναι ένας αποτυχημένος άσημος συγγραφέας Λίγο πριν κλείσει τα πενήντα φτάνει με το ταχυδρομείο μια πρόσκληση σε γάμο ο πρώην του παντρεύεται μόν?ον περιμένουν μικροεξευτελισμοί και ταπεινώσεις ― γεννήματα όχι σπάνια της φαντασίας του και μόνο Αυτό είναι το τίμημα που καλείται να πληρώσει προκειμένου να μπορέσει να κρυφτεί και να κάνει ένα νέο ξεκίνημα στη ζωή τουΜια πνευματώδης κωμωδία γεμάτη παρεξηγήσεις σπαρταριστές εκπλήξεις και απρόσμενους στοχασμούς για την κοινή ανθρώπινη μοίρα μας. An Evening With Arthur Less and yours truly I’ve been writing lots of traditional reviews for work lately so I thought I’d try to make this one fun and entertaining to write and hopefully read If you’ll indulge me here’s a A with Arthur Less the main character of Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Less First a bit of background Less is a middle aged midlist novelist who’s about to turn 50 and at the beginning of the book he’s just found out that Freddy his younger loversorta boyfriend of the past nine years is about to get married to another man Rather than go to the wedding and risk humiliation Freddy’s guardianuncle is an old literary rival of Arthur’s Less decides to accept every far flung speaking engagement short term academic position awards invitation and writing assignment he’s been offered recently resulting in an impromptu trip around the world So just imagine this fictional talk is one brief stop on his world tour But because Less is the subject of the book and I’m not I’m going to have Less interview me about him Confused Read onGlenn Sumi I'm here with Arthur Less the author of several books including his bold debut novel Kalipso polite applause Mr Less is also hero of Andrew Sean Greer's novel Less Welcome Arthur Less Thank you It's good to be here I believe Toronto is mentioned in the book GS Indeed it is I must say you’re just how I imagined you Blonde and balding boyish with that striking blue suit featured on the dust jacket cover Also just as it’s pointed out in the book you don’t look a day over 35AL blushes Aw thanks But that’s also just being gay in North America don’t you thinkGS Perhaps Also I don’t know if you realize it but some of your actions made me literally LOL as we say online even when I was in public AL um laughing with me though right Not at meGS Truthfully it was a little of both The section on “good” and “bad” gay writers was fantastic satire – and uite true You were you probably remember once criticized for being a “bad gay writer” ie one who makes his characters suffer without reward There's another scene I think in Italy where there's a literary competition JUDGED BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS When I read that detail I almost spit up my orange juice in laughter Oh and when you're in Germany you speak to people in German but the author translates what you’re saying into a garbled English such a cheap joke but it made me laugh every time AL shoots a deadpan expression to the audience Well I’m glad you had a good time Languages aren’t really my forte So tell me what made you pick up the book in the first placeGS Oh the Pulitzer win of course I also liked that it was a comic novel that actually was funny I enjoy books about authors too neurotic but relatable There are several scenes that are sort of just like what we're doing now awkwardly talking onstage And frankly I can’t remember the last time an openly gay writer won the Pulitzer Was it Michael Cunning AL The Hours Yes What a lovely book In a way I felt like this was a lighter version of that Flashing back and forth Finding the luminous – or is it the numinous – in the everyday Thinking about mortality In a way it’s a journey just like the book I’m writing in