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 Book Reviews: Less

Today's Manager
December 1, 2018


Less
By Andrew Sean Greer
Little Brown
Reviewer: Sadie-Jane Nunis

Pulitzer-winner’s Satire a Quirky Read

SO two-thirds into the book and you will discover that novelist Mr Arthur Less (whom in my opinion thinks he is God’s gift to the writing world) presents himself as a single, gay, middle-aged man, struggling to hold on to whatever he has left in life whilst battling the harsh cruelties of the publishing world.

As he battles love and partial heartache, Mr Less has to sort out writer/author invitations that end up providing him with a trip that takes him almost everywhere across the globe. At the same time, we are introduced to a mirage of interesting characters who help Mr Less with his self-discovery though it is something he questions numerous times and needs a lot of reassurance.

What got me to like this book is the way the author, Mr Greer, attacks authors’ insecurities as he hits the nail on the head most times, mostly due to their unnecessarily big egos. Reading this book, one can understand why it won the prize as the deeper you delve, the more obvious the struggles of the various characters, not just the lead when it comes to dealing with ageing, changes, and the need to hold on to a life once lived. Mr Greer’s ability to tell Mr Less’ life story and how he ends up to a certain extend getting devoured by the publishing industry is reason enough to pick up this book.

 

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