Where to start? It’s so hard to write down about a Pulitzer book that is so appreciated by the readers worldwide and yet so controversial. I won’t hide my opinion and tell it straight away: this book was a bit disappointing. A bit more. I was expecting to find a fresh, interesting, modern and yet captivating story, but what I have read was a passive story with a tired character.
Could Less have been More than a single gay man refusing to confront his past?
Less is a fifty years old writer who has lived with a Pulitzer prize winning genius before. One day, he gets an invitation to his ex’s wedding with another man, which turns his world upside down. In order to avoid his ex-partner’s impending wedding, he decides to travel the world. So he goes to Italy, Germany, Morocco, and Japan where he will meet different people and have some hook-ups.
I thought these journeys will help him escape from his depression and that passiveness. But no, it was like Less was extending his anxiety and the internal issues. He encounters lots of situations in his traveling that could help him grow, but he chose just to remember he’s old and his pain for the ex-relationship.
The point of the “Less” novel
I must confess I am frustrated about this book because it got a Pulitzer prize and I can’t get it. Less is for me the example of people who are dreading when they get old. He is weak while he should have the courage to face his ex. I felt mercy and that’s all.
Maybe it was me, but I was expecting something funny and inspiring though. Certain elements had potential, but in the end, I won’t recommend this book.