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Less Is Lost

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Arthur and Freddy are back for more adventures. This time, Arthur ventures around the country to make some money in order to pay off a debt of sorts, Through each stretch of his journey we see Arthur interact with an interesting cast of characters, learning as much about himself as he does about those around him. It was a very entertaining and heartwarming read!
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3.25
Here's the thing about the "Less" books... I feel like I like them too much, which makes me like them less. Reading this on my Kindle, I'm constantly highlighting absolutely BRILLIANT lines... but somewhere between all of the cleverness and the jaw-dropping moments, I absolutely lose the plot. When every other line seems to be vying for my highlighter, it's hard to understand what's truly happening beneath all of the jokes.
I think Andrew Sean Greer is sooo clever and has so many fun thoughts. I just have a hard time consuming them in a novel without getting lost.
That being said, I think this is a fun sequel. It doesn't feel forced or like a money-grab — there was certainly more story to be told here. If you liked the first book, I think you'll like this one as well.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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A worthy sequel to a great Pulitzer Prize-winning novel focused on Arthur Less. If you loved the first you will like this sequel which includes funny characters, moving moments, and a delicate ballet between the deep and the humorous.
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"How wonderful to believe in a universe that holds for you a special plan. Only the very young Less observes could think so. Only those still at the beginning of this novel would trust the author knows what he is doing. While Less, being an author himself knows that no authors know what they are doing. That is what the drink and drugs and madness are about, we have two authors in a van as evidence. And having seen twice as much of life as anyone here, he knows the author has long ago lost the plot.”

If you loved Less - the companion book to this work - you must read this! Andrew Sean Greer's signature blunt, vivid, and humorous writing style is back as we follow Less on a new series of travels around the U.S. In the face of grief, financial stress, and familial mysteries, the adventures of Arthur Less still manage to bring hope and giggles. Full of full-circle moments and zany coincidences, this follow-up book is everything we needed.

I would recommend reading Less first though I do think it could be a stand-alone book. Enjoy!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishing team for sharing an audiobook version of the work with me!
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This was a fun follow-up to Less that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. 

As in Less, Less is Lost is narrated by Arthur’s partner, Freddy, who provides an hilarious and heartwarming perspective on Arthur’s misadventures. This time, Less is off on an adventure across the United States, from a funeral to a play adaptation of one of his stories, to participation in a prize committee, driving across vast expanses of the USA. 

The heart of this book are the characters. Not just Arthur, who is vibrant and relatable, but also all the side characters who add depth and humor to the book. Is the story a bit predictable? Yes. Did that make it any less entertaining? Nope. 

There’s something pleasant about returning to Arthur’s misadventures. While he may not always feel like a real person (who has that many strange things happen to them at once?), it certainly makes for an interesting story!
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I cannot explain how or why this book is so perfect - it just is. This one might be even better than the Pulitzer Prize winning original Less.
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I finally got around to reading this and.... while not a bad book, it's still just not my cup of tea. Freddy is kind of annoying (he's not a bad narrator when talking about Arthur, but I didn't care to hear about his own life), Less is still VERY focused on being a "bad gay", and is also really adamant about pointing out the color of others' skin (which I'm not sure is a good or bad thing but it just took me out of the moment every time I was reading).

I think too many different points were brought up and never quite resolved. The only real resolution we saw was Arthur Less meeting Arthur Less... everything else was kind of just open-ended.

If you liked the first book, then you'll probably like this one. But if you're like me and didn't particularly LOVE the first one, then you will not care about this one either.
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Sequel to the Pulitzer Winner Less, this tale finds our intrepid protagonist once again on a journey to various literary events as he tries to raise money to save his home, has improbable adventures with a wonderful cast of characters and looks for answers to the meaning of his life and relationships.  I love this author; his writing, characters and moments that make me laugh out loud.
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I actually liked this more than I liked Less...I found the voice in this to be easier to engage with, and with the action not so frantic the humour was more gentle.
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Less is Loss is the sequel to the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Less. Although Less was not my favorite based on the writing style (I gave it an 8/10) of the Pulitzer winners that I have read, I was interested in picking up the sequel to see if my view could be changed. Less is about a middle-aged, little-known, gay writer named Arthur Less who takes a trip around the world. Less is Lost, has a similar premise, except this time, it follows Arthur as he takes a trip across the United States. Arthur has recently published a book that boosted his name recognition from basically none to maybe some. When he learns that he owes over a decade’s worth of back rent on a Maine cabin that he and his partner have been living in for free, Arthur decides to take advantage of his minuscule fame and accept every speaking, interview, or panel offer given to him to earn the money. What follows is a journey across the country, with the book’s sections organized based on geographic region. While the book doesn’t lack for physical movement, I still felt like nothing much happened. The strength of the book comes from Andrew Sean Greer’s (who potentially loosely mirrors the character of Andrew Less on himself) creation of Less’ internal monologues where he is able to put his writing on display. However, I feel fairly confident in saying that unless you loved Less, there isn’t much of a reason to pick up Less is Loss - they are arguably very similar books.
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I'll buy this one based on the fact that I have the first volume in my library already.  I liked this story about as much as I did the first one, which was just okay.  I think that this book series just isn't written for me as I have a hard time relating to some of the characters, and that's okay.  I was a little confused why it won the Pulitzer...
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I loved Less once again, but this book to me felt a bit unnecessary, though I did still like it. I think it could have improved with a better plot and pacing.
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This was a really fun follow up to LESS, and it was great getting to spend more time with Arthur on a new adventure! Greer balances plot with humor in such a compelling way, these are books I feel I can always recommend. I also interviewed Greer on my podcast, Reading the Room!
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QUICK TAKE: I might have liked it more than the first book. A beautiful story, heartbreaking and hilarious, I relate to Arthur Less as I get older, and I could spend another 3 books with him on various adventures. The ending is a bit convenient, but also feels earned and I just loved it. The audiobook is fantastic as well.
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In preparation for reading this sequel, I re-read Less, but that was not necessary–this book stands on its own. In the first book, Less, Arthur Less travels the world as he tries to ease a heartbreak. In this follow-up, Less is Lost, Arthur has been with his partner, Freddy, for some time. When his and Freddy's living arrangements are threatened and he needs a quick injection of cash flow, Arthur sets out on a journey across the USA. Greer touches upon aging, love, and family in thoughtful prose interwoven with Less' travels. This is a humorous road-trip, filled with Arthur's usual blunders, but somehow (thankfully) things always work out for Arthur Less. If only we could all be so lucky!

Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to read an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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A fantastic follow-up to the first book, I couldn't put it down. A particular strength is the characterization of the protagonist that kept the reader emotionally involved.
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I adored Less, and I adore Less is Lost—there is such a sweet cleverness in having the narrator lovingly observe the natural bumblings of Arthur Less. The words “bumblings” and “adventures” seem to cheapen what is a dear character study, an honest heart-on-its-sleeve portrayal of middle age. I hope there is more of Less to come.
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This book is an exceptionally well written follow up to the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "Less." I can recognize that it is a wonderful book, full of quirks and slightly larger than life characters (though not large enough that they become cartoonish in any way), and for this reason I will be recommending it to people who I know enjoy a great literary romp led by a very fleshed out, specific lead character. It is an absolute delight.
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This book was very cute and had me laughing from time to time. I think I liked it more than the first book. This was a series that I enjoyed more than I was expecting too. If you need a little pick me up series I would definitely recommend this!
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I confess I selected this book from Netgalley without hesitation because of David Sedaris’ recommendation. I would follow that man anywhere. This is a second volume about a gay author Arthur Less, and I probably should have read the Pulitzer Prize-winning first story, Less, first. But I didn’t, and although it took me a while to catch up and catch on, I did end up appreciating the story. At first it seemed to be a book for insiders, filled with jokes and observations  about the publishing world and gay culture, but gradually the humanity of Arthur Less began to drive the story — his need for love, his indecisiveness and his failings as well as his kindness and basic goodness.
And the richness of Greer’s writing made every page a delight. For example: 
“ The moon is not out yet, but there are stars, and the world that these Delawareans probably take as ordinary or even ugly—the mounds of kelp and sea litter, the hard stonelike sand, the rocks spattered with the candle wax of bird droppings, the smell of rot and life, the waves breaking into applause, and everywhere, everywhere, unstoppable life hidden or crawling or swimming—is, to anybody else (to me), extraordinary, beautiful, exotic, strange. Somewhere in the water, the fish lie listening, arranged like magic daggers in the dark.”
The story has a few amusing twists to add to the enjoyment, but to me the universal search for love is what drove me to journey along with Arthur Less.
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