Less is More!

1 Jun

I just finished the 2018 Pulitzer Winner “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer.  It is truly fabulous and delightful: a 4.

I realize today that my last post was exactly one year and two days ago.  It is a sincere reflection of the paucity of good reads that have come up for me over the past two years.  I could not finish the last two winners – neither had main characters that interested me.

But this year is a boon!  I love this book and could not put it down.  I read it over three days.  It is too rare to have funny Pulitzers with happy endings.  We get both with this book.  It is charming and yet insightful as Arthur Less moves around the world through his mid-life crisis.  I can’t recommend it too much.

As an aside, I have started one of the runners-up this year: In the Distance by Hernan Diaz.  It is also a really great read in a very different vein.  It follows more of a traditional Pulitzer – with disappointments and I suspect it will end sadly but it is similar to Less in that it follows a long journey with the protagonist.  This time it’s an immigrant on an Odyssey-like trek through the pioneer west.  Go try it out.