Friday, June 29, 2018

Less Sure About Less


"And at fifty, Less muses drowsily, you're as likeable as you're going to get."

I experienced a strange transition reading this novel. I didn't think I was going to like it for a while. I wasn't even sure I would finish it. It just wasn't catching my attention. I don't know why. But then, about the time Less gets to Morocco, which is toward the end of the book, I loved it. 

A lot of the book was too much hapless Less mess for me, and I got tired of it. Maybe that was my problem with it. Maybe it was just because Zohra was the only character I could personally identify with, and she doesn't show up until Morocco. Maybe it was just due to my mood.  Who knows? 

In the end, though, I enjoyed the book and am glad I read it. It was definitely laugh out loud funny in many places.

4 comments:

thecuecard said...

I have picked this novel up a few times (haven't started it yet) -- but was a bit afraid whether I would connect with it. As you say: it seems quite hapless. But I should give it a try. It did win the Pulitzer for something!

thecuecard said...

Yeah I plan to read it. My sister also said it was funny in places., though I wonder if the haplessness of it will engage me?

Amy said...

It was funny in places, but somehow I missed the overall charm of it.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I need to try it. I was put off this author from the surprise ending of one of his previous books.

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