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The Pleasure of My Company | [Steve Martin]

The Pleasure of My Company

Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.
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Publisher's Summary

Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced by Philipa, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and might never have won the Most Average American essay contest.

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.

©2003 40 Share Productions, Inc.; (P)2003 Hyperion

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Rob Warnbro, Australia 02-29-12
    Rob Warnbro, Australia 02-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "If Steve Martin was Crazy(ier)"

    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.

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    Janet 04-30-11
    Janet 04-30-11
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    "Sorry, Steve, not a pleasure"

    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.

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    Gigi 04-26-11
    Gigi 04-26-11
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    "Epected better from Steve Martin"

    I have not finished listening to the entire book, but so far, I am at a loss at what this book is about.

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 08-21-09
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 08-21-09 Member Since 2005
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    "ok but not great"

    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

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    Jacob S Junkin 05-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Hilarious"

    Great Story...Love that it was read by Steve Martin. Can't wait for the movie.

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    J. Johnson Greenville, SC 02-16-09
    J. Johnson Greenville, SC 02-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A Wonderful tale of idiosyncrasies"

    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!

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    "The Pleasure of My Company"

    Hilarious!!! I liked "Shopgirl", but I loved "The Pleasure of My Company". Steve Martin is a genious.

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    Leanne Wasleski Kansas City, Mo 08-08-06
    Leanne Wasleski Kansas City, Mo 08-08-06 Member Since 2006

    Crazy Twin Mom

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    "Amazing"

    This book was unbelievably fabulous. It is so on point with a very challenging disorder. Steve Martin at his best.

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    Michelle Kalamazoo, MI, USA 02-20-06
    Michelle Kalamazoo, MI, USA 02-20-06
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    "A Steve Martin classic"

    If you appreciate his humor in his tv or movie work, then this book is enjoyable. I like his portrayal of a quirky neurotic who is able to find his identity through his interactions with other "supposedly normal" people.

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    Rob London, United Kingdom 10-16-05
    Rob London, United Kingdom 10-16-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Buy it"

    Not what you expect, or hope for, from Steve Martin. But compelling, clever and gripping for all that. Great characters, and life-enhancing stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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