In Less by Andrew Sean Greer, people around Arthur Less tend to get sick. Why?

In Less by Andrew Sean Greer, people around Arthur Less tend to get sick because there's something about Less that makes them feel that way. As an aging has-been writer, Less positively exudes a sense of decline, which cannot help but have an adverse affect on those around him.

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It seems that everyone around Arthur Less, the eponymous protagonist of the story, gets sick. One says “seems” because it's almost certainly a comic exaggeration on the author's part to drive home some of his anti-hero's characteristics.

For Less, a has-been author well past his prime, is in a state of decline, both physically and professionally. What's more, he positively exudes a sense of decay, to such...

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