A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost.-Lee Bordeaux Books; 2017
In an effort to “casually” avoid the wedding of his f*ck boy of 9 years and outrun turning 50, Arthur Less accepts every job, award ceremony, teaching assignment, and vacation invitation to be as far away as possible. He encounters former lovers, rivals, old friends, locals, and his publisher on his travels from New York City, across the world to Japan.
Less is told his writing is spoony, that’s he’s bad gay, that people over 50 are too old for love and that a relationship ending after 20 years is a great success. While he ruminates on these statements Less never comes to a conclusion of his own on the matters, except that he is a fool. A book club would have a great time arguing if avoiding love make you sensical or an idiot? Does taking a trip around the world to places he’s never been, make Less a fool or adventurous? Or as the omnipotent 3rd party narrator would have you believe, brave?
Greer’s style of writing that quickly flits between the past and the present is as The New York Times hails: “inspired, lyrical, and elegiac.” And it is one of the few books I found myself reading more than once and I think you should at least read once yourself. —(Low) Buy it!