finished reading

A lovable loser. I enjoyed this book but didn't love it. I liked that Arthur Less flits from disaster to disaster only slightly oblivious to the disaster of is life. And I thought it was clever that the Less is writing a book about this very story.

From the publisher:
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.

1 comment:

AsKatKnits said...

I liked Less as well... one of my favorite lines:
“Strange to be almost fifty, no? I feel like I just understood how to be young.”

Exactly... so true!