This book was absolutely incredible from start to finish.
I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed the mixture of humor, fun and the series of life lessons I was able to draw from the experiences in this one.
Our main character, Arthur Less, is a forty nine year old who decides to avoid the humiliation of his ex-boyfriend's sudden wedding by accepting invitations to literary events around the world in which he would have otherwise ignored.
And, thus starts us on a journey that was definitely capable of giving me wanderlust.
(Which is just one of the reasons for my selection of my next book)
So without giving too much away, I will discuss some of the things I particularly liked more than others being that there was nothing I really disliked (which is why this review is getting five stars)!
This book is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and for good reason. My absolute favorite parts of the book were what I already mentioned, and that is the mixture of humor and fun with travel and life lessons.
Arthur Less is an almost fifty year old, gay man, and the narrator (who remains ambiguous throughout) tells us that Arthur is “the first homosexual ever to grow old. That is, at least, how he feels at times like these.” So you're getting a character who in a way is feeling sorry for himself, but is forced to take a journey to find the real him.
Or at least that is part of what I was able to draw from the book.
The fun is also in being able to take different messages from the way we interpret these books.
I understand other reviews go into some more detail about the actual book, but I'd prefer to just list some of the places you'll adventure to throughout the read and let you experience the rest on your own.
Arthur Less and his narrator take us from California to NYC and then proceed to head to Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, India, and Japan!
So, basing it on my Book Review Guidelines, I have no other choice but to rank it a 5/5. I would HIGHLY recommend reading this book. It was short, but fun and jam packed with a mix of comedy and life lessons.
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I feel like I am inclined to say that this is a must read. While it's not my typical genre, it still had me hooked the entire time. I did not want to put it down! It gave me wanderlust, it made me laugh out loud, and at times it even made me feel bad and emotional for the characters within. All while somehow allowing me to draw life lessons from within as well.
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