I liked the story and I loved the narration. Campbell Scott, (who costarred with Martin in the David Mamet film "The Spanish Prisoner"), was a perfect choice for this novel: low-key, ironic and urbane. This type of story is a joy...nothing catastrophic occurs, but many things happen. The inside look at art gallery commerce and the art collecting culture was priceless. As a backdrop for a story narrative, it was perfection. I wished it would go on longer.
Steve Martin's book is a lovely glimpse into the art world. Full of ambition, lust and beauty. Martin's language, turn of phrase and character descriptions lyrically move us through the growth of contemporary art, world history and the excesses of the privileged of the 21st century. I was not certain I would like this book after I heard the publicity campaign, because I didn't imagine that Mr. Martin could produce such a luminous work. I am pleased to say I was wrong. It reminded me of the joy I get strolling through a great gallery and imagining the stories of the people around me. This is a great book and Campbell Scott provides a lovely reading of it! Enjoy it!
I really loved listening to this story. The narrator was perfect. I did have to keep running to my computer though to research all the artists and artworks mentioned--glad I did! While entertaining me with his interesting and well-written story, Steve Martin also introduced me to some visual art that I've fallen in love with.
First, I adore Steve Martin! The story line was very interesting to me because I am not 'in' the art world but have always been curious about the characters that make it up and have made it up for my life time and beyond. Steve Martin's style is so easy on the ear and I love his analogies...sometimes on the edge of cliche but he always hits it on the head and I get it when he describes things in that way. Steve Martin is Analogy Man :-) Campbell Scott did a fantastic job narrating this novel. In a way his voice is as close to Steve Martins as someone can get but he had his own twist and he toggled back and forth throughout the characters flawlessly. This was a fun listen. Thank you Steve and Campbell...