Less Is Lost Pdf Summary Reviews By Andrew Sean Greer

Less Is Lost Pdf Summary

In the follow-up to the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.

“Go get lost somewhere, it always does you good.”

For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately accomplished novelist in a steady relationship with his partner, Freddy Pelu. But nothing lasts: the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis has Less running away from his problems yet again as he accepts a series of literary gigs that send him on a zigzagging adventure across the US.

Less roves across the “Mild Mild West,” through the South and to his mid-Atlantic birthplace, with an ever-changing posse of writerly characters and his trusty duo – a human-like black pug, Dolly, and a rusty camper van nicknamed Rosina. He grows a handlebar mustache, ditches his signature gray suit, and disguises himself in the bolero-and-cowboy-hat costume of a true “Unitedstatesian”… with varying levels of success, as he continues to be mistaken for either a Dutchman, the wrong writer, or, worst of all, a “bad gay.”

We cannot, however, escape ourselves—even across deserts, bayous, and coastlines. From his estranged father and strained relationship with Freddy, to the reckoning he experiences in confronting his privilege, Arthur Less must eventually face his personal demons. With all of the irrepressible wit and musicality that made Less a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning, must-read breakout book, Less Is Lost is a profound and joyous novel about the enigma of life in America, the riddle of love, and the stories we tell along the way. 


Less Is Lost Review


5.0 out of 5 stars As good if not better as the first one!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 5, 2022

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Oh, the curse of the sequel! I’m one of those people who read “Less is Lost” by Andrew Sean Greer without (gasp!) reading “Less” first. However, after reading this one, I also read the first novel, “Less.” Both are excellent.

Arthur Less is a writer in his fifties, white and gay, who embarks on a book tour across America. He needs to get the money to keep his San Francisco bungalow (the past rent accumulated.) In a beat-up camper van Rosina inherited from an old writer, and the pug (the pug, Dolly, is only temporarily Less’s sweet traveling companion and gets reunited with her owner), he travels from California to Delaware, his home state.

“To be honest, it is hard to picture Arthur Less in America at all. His awkwardness abroad seems natural; here, it seems vexing. In thoroughly American settings – a football stadium, a beer-and-television bar, a railroad-car dinner – where most citizens relax among their own kind, finally free of foreign entanglements, Less sits bolt upright, looking as he were not actually there. Place him in a wheat field, for instance, and he seems to be added in postproduction.”

I must say I became a big fan of Less. His travels are told through the eyes of his lover, Freddy Pelu, who has patiently awaited our protagonist’s return, but their time apart gives Freddy time to reflect on the nature of their love. As for Less himself, he’s always unsure if he deserves to be loved – abandoned by his father, he often feels unworthy of affection and generally out of place.

America opens for Less in many ways, with places and people at bars, RV parks, and theatrical performances, from the Mojave Desert to Washington D.C. I like all the different personalities we saw with Less. It felt very natural – those conversations with strangers, when often just one sentence, one word, nonchalantly spoken, touched Less and us, the readers, on a profoundly humane level.

Theresa Reid

4.0 out of 5 stars stunningly beautiful, occasionally opaque
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 25, 2022

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Amazing, lyrical, astute prose, heart-rending, gasp-inducing observations of aging, two characters to love and many to savor. Cunning but tricky to tell the story of Less from the point of view of his lover Freddy when the two men are a continent apart. That use of pov is touching and revealing sometimes, and strains credulity past the breaking point at others. The various fathers in Less’s life — his own, and two older poets — create a complex trio that requires a second read to fully take in (for me). Sometimes laugh out loud funny. Absolutely read it.


4.0 out of 5 stars All’s Well
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 24, 2022

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I knew I wanted to read Less Is Lost because I remembered that I’d enjoyed the first book, Less. But I couldn’t remember the story at all. I just remembered liking it. So I went to the Kindle store, read the synopsis and it came back.
Apropos to Less himself: a bit forgettable, a bit bland. But the story is so well written, you sort of forgive Arthur Less for being so vanilla.
Like the first book, this sequel is funny and sweet.

About Andrew Sean Greer Author Of Less Is Lost pdf Book

Andrew Sean Greer
Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer Author Of Less Is Lost pdf Book (born 1970) is an American novelist and short story writer.

He is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an “inspired, lyrical novel,” and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named one of the best books of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and received a California Book Award.

The child of two scientists, Greer studied writing with Robert Coover and Edmund White at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation, where his unrehearsed remarks, critiquing Brown’s admissions policies, caused a semi-riot. After years in New York working as a chauffeur, theater tech, television extra and unsuccessful writer, he moved to Missoula, Montana, where he received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Montana, from where he soon moved to Seattle and two years later to San Francisco where he now lives. He is currently a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center. He is an identical twin.

While in San Francisco, he began to publish in magazines before releasing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. His stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and other national publications, and have been anthologized most recently in The Book of Other People, and The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2009. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, was published in 2001.

Less Is Lost pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

less is lost pdf book
less is lost pdf book
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company (September 20, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316498904
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316498906
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.06 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 0.85 x 9.5 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #2,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #7 in LGBTQ+ Literary Fiction (Books)
  • #44 in Humorous Fiction
  • #266 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars    655 ratings

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