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Less Lib/E (Compact Disc)
Plotwise, this book is about a man who travels around the world, avoiding the wedding of his sort-or-but-not-really ex-boyfriend, trying to write a book, and being sad about turning fifty. It took me an unusually long time to get through it considering it's only 262 pages long. Despite those things though, I really loved it. Greer's writing is beautiful, and the ending left me feeling hopeful and satisfied. The narrator's affection for Arthur Less acts as the perfect counterbalance to his own belief in his ridiculousness.— Katherine N., bookseller
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.