Less by Andrew Sean Greer
This book wasn’t what I expected, which is fine, for some reason I had it in my mind that it was a comedy, which it’s not (though there is some humor.) It is, however, an exquisitely written mid-life crisis, told through the misadventures of Arthur Less, a character on the verge of his 50th birthday, traveling the world to escape the heartache of his long-time, not-really-boyfriend’s impending wedding.
Arthur isn’t a particularly likable character, he’s sort of a perpetual plus-one, having lived his life in the shadows of (mostly) men who are beloved, admired, attractive, and larger than life.
The writing in this book is outstanding. Several times I found myself admiring a description or passage in a way I don’t often experience, even in books I enjoyed more than this one. I enjoyed this book, the writing especially, and the way it wraps up at the end. 4/5 stars ⭐️
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