Top positive review
25 August 2018
This is a beautifully crafted tale about romantic relationships, especially where there is a significant age gap between the partners, loss, rejection and fears of aging and loneliness, all of it overlaid with some good humour, resulting from the maladroitness of the protagonist, Arthur Less.
Less is coming up to his 50th birthday when his younger partner of many years walks out on him and goes off to marry a new partner closer in age; Less is invited to the wedding and, fearing that he will look pitiful and pathetic if he turns up at it or pitiful and resentful if he does not turn up at it, decides to avoid the situation by going abroad, on a series of adventures (and misadventures).
Less is gay and the whole tale is set in a homosexual context, however I think this is incidental and that the story and issues it deals with would work just as well in a heterosexual context; it works perfectly for me and I am a lifelong, committed heterosexual.
I wonder if sales of the book to straight readers are hindered by Amazon's classification system, with it being identified as "Gay & Lesbian", "Gay" and "Gay Romance" but maybe this does not matter, as I recently noticed that "The Darling Buds Of May" from H E Bates is identified in "Home & Garden" as "Cottage Gardens", "Gardens In Britain" and "Trees & Shrubs".
A really great read.