In The Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin's second novel, all of the enjoyments of the critically acclaimed best seller Shopgirl are present: the tender portrayal of loneliness and love; a character's quest to reach out and engage the world; as well as laugh-out-loud humor and language that is brilliantly inventive. But in the story of Daniel Pecan Cambridge and the people who inhabit the insular universe he is seeking to expand (if only one small square at a time) Steve Martin has achieved something extraordinary: the chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free.
Don't miss Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.
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"This novella is a delight....A complex mix of wit, poignancy, and Martin's clear, great affection for his characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"A genuinely funny and surprisingly touching tale. As compassionate as it is funny." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A few of the episodes build to moments of hilarity, and Martin's gift for comedic metaphor is uniquely his own." (The New York Times Book Review)
I love it!!
I really like Mr. Steve Martin's work!!! I am waiting for his next book!!!!
I haven't read The Pleasrure of my Company in print, but I can't imagine a better way to "read" this book.
I felt like I was in Steve Martin's head, listening to him writing this tale.
You can't help but like and relate to the main character on some level. I often found strangers on the street giving me odd looks while I was listening to this book -- as I laughed out loud or at the very least, had a stupid grin on my face.
Martin captures the thoughts and motivation of one with so many fractures that rings with truth, though proliferated with lies. Like An Object of Beauty, the book is the narrative of journey. A journey that leads no where, but where characters have time to grow, as does your affection towards them.
Steve Marin: You either love him or hate him, and I cherish him as a genius.
I'm fond of Steve Martin -- his dry, absurd sense of humor connects most of the time for me. But this one just didn't work. I'm not sure why. Sorry, Steve. I wanted to like it, but just couldn't find it this time.
this could have been really funny but i think Martin needed to rewrite the story from a different point of view. the first person perspective doesn't quite work like he thinks it does. and I felt like he had just finished reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime ( an incredible book I highly recommend, along with Born on a Blue Day), or had watched Rainman; and something about this seemed a little exploitative and at times in poor taste
I bought this book because I enjoyed Steve's Born Standing Up so much. This book is obviously different because it's a work of fiction vs. a biographical tale but his style of writing is the same and it's just as good.
I was literally laughing out loud at times and I can't wait to "read" another one of Steve Martin's tales. Highly recommended!
Crazy Twin Mom
This book was unbelievably fabulous. It is so on point with a very challenging disorder. Steve Martin at his best.
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