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Less

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018

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You will sob little tears of joy' Nell Zink

I recommend it with my whole heart' Ann Patchett

I adore this book' Armistead Maupin

Charming, languid and incredibly funny, I absolutely adored Arthur' Jenny Colgan

Marvellously, endearingly, unexpectedly funny' Gary Shteyngart

Bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful' New York Times Book Review

A fast and rocketing read . . . a wonderful, wonderful book!' Karen Joy Fowler

Hilarious, and wise, and abundantly funny' Adam Haslett

'Ideal for holiday reading' The Lady

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS?

Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world.

From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.

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Seitenzahl 272 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 21.04.2018
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780349143606
Verlag Little, Brown Young Readers
Dateigröße 2803 KB
Verkaufsrang 16.142
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von miss.mesmerized am 07.05.2018
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Arthur and Freddy have spent so many years together, but now, Freddy is going to marry somebody else. This already would be enough, but Arthur?s situation is even worse: he is about to turn fifty, thus, officially old. How to avoid the dreadful wedding and his birthday? The solution... Arthur and Freddy have spent so many years together, but now, Freddy is going to marry somebody else. This already would be enough, but Arthur?s situation is even worse: he is about to turn fifty, thus, officially old. How to avoid the dreadful wedding and his birthday? The solution is close at hand: he accepts several invitations bringing him first to New York, then Mexico, afterwards across the ocean to Italy, Germany and Morocco before returning home via India and Japan. However, leaving behind your everyday life does not mean that your worries also stay at home. They follow Less around the word as constant companions at his side. Andrew Sean Greer had been quite successful with his short stories before he started writing novels. His sixth, ?Less?, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer prize for Fiction, after he had already received the California Book Award and the O. Henry Award among others for his works. It is hard to find words to adequately describe the novel. I simply adored it every minute. First of all, there is this extraordinary protagonist Arthur Less who is, in his own view, so plain, ordinary, normal and uninteresting and yet seems to fascinate everybody he meets, makes them fall in love with him instantly and puts a kind of spell on them they cannot escape. The reader also falls for him at once ? albeit I cannot explain why this is exactly the case. It is surely not because he is outstandingly good-looking or especially witty, he seems to have some kind of charisma that attracts people. Second, the narrator. He seems to be acquainted with Less, even though he merely hints at when and how they met and what their relationship is like. Often he recedes and just tells the story, but now and again, he talks to the reader, comments and readjusts the reader?s perspective. Even though a lot of disasters happen to Less on his journey and despite the fact that the two major loves of his life are lost, his life isn?t too bad. Watching Less stumble through his journey, his anxiety about aging ? his is 49, not 50! ? his being mainly known for having spent years at the side of a successful writer while his own work did only find small recognition ? all his little flaws make him even more likeable. His modesty, his shyness ? he is not less, but much more. A wonderfully written novel, full of love and compassion.