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The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel (edició 2003)

de Steve Martin

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Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 37, 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 a horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy ear plugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced 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.… (més)
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Títol:The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel
Autors:Steve Martin
Informació:Hyperion (2003), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 163 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 63 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Steve Martin has so many talents!

This is the story of Daniel, who has OCD and finds things like curbs and public transportation difficult. In spite of this, he manages to make friends with his neighbours, and with a student therapist assigned to monitor him. It's a heart-warming story, often laugh-out-loud funny; often touching. Steven Martin's sense of humour comes through when Daniel becomes two of the five finalists in an essay-writing contest. Maybe wraps up a bit to neatly and quickly in the end, but that's not a major fault in this book -- it's what I wanted for Daniel, after all! ( )
  LynnB | Mar 10, 2021 |
Very sweet story. My only criticism of it, was that the ending was a bit abrupt (though this is a novella, so....)..
There were a lot of laugh out loud moments. ( )
  motherraccoon | Jan 8, 2020 |
Another delicate portrait by Steve Martin. In his second novella, Danielle Chamberlain, like Martin’s Shopgirl heroine, is a prisoner of his apartment. Living in Santa Monica, he is tortured by obsessions. Like David Sedaris, his fantasies border on the absurdly self-involved, often inspiring this reader to laugh out loud. Unlike Sedaris, there is an undercurrent of real pain. Martin does a wonderful job of addressing the causes of his character’s affliction without getting the reader mired in grief and horror. He also delivers a satisfying fairytale ending. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
I'm a big Steve Martin fan. Saw his show at the Anaheim Convention Center in the 70s. Laughter so hard it becomes painful.

When I found out he started writing books and plays, I was in. "Shopgirl" was great, 5 stars. "Picasso" very good. "Cruel Shoes" also very good. But this one just kind of laid an egg.

Damiel Pecan lives in Santa Monica and has some OCD issues. He loves one woman from afar, another who is his still-a-student shrink, one who he sees as unattainable but he likes to lurk, and almost another one. Trials and tribulations and nothing really deep follows. It was oddly disappointing; perhaps it was just an early effort at writing. ( )
  br77rino | Jun 23, 2019 |
Daniel Pecan Cambridge is a man with a whole host of problems. He can't step off curbs, he can't allow the lights in his apartment to drop below or move above a certain wattage. His life is a series of rules that, when broken, result in utter distress. He's a man chasing the love of his life, Elizabeth the Realtor, but is she truly what he wants? What would make his chaotic world truly inhabitable?

The Pleasure of My Company is a different animal than Shopgirl. What it lacks in the deep insight of human behavior that Shopgirl showcased, it makes up for in small humorous observations. The book, overall, is light and pleasing. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
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The Pleasure of My Company is a delightful novel as warm as the California sun. Martin has managed to capture in Daniel, the essence of a likeable zany man. Daniel's eventual success at having a happy life despite his many handicaps, is uplifting because it reminds us that life is not all bad all the time. It is always fun to root for the underdog and have him win. It might take some doing but Martin shows us that there are indeed "takers for the quiet heart."
afegit per stephmo | editaMostly Fiction, Poornima Apte (Jan 25, 2004)
 
At first, "The Pleasure of My Company" seems unlikely to amount to more than a conglomeration of moments and observations, which, however droll or moving they may be, do not a novel make. But Martin pulls it together...
afegit per stephmo | editaSalon.com, Laura Miller (Oct 28, 2003)
 
This novel, like its protagonist, is thoroughly engaging and entertaining, at least at first. Daniel's struggles to reacquaint himself with the pleasures of human interaction are at turns funny, heart-wrenching and inspiring.
 
The ending of Steve Martin's new novella is so sweetly sentimental, it'd give John Steinbeck an ice cream headache. This doesn't spoil the book -- or even the ending, really -- but hard-bitten and hard-boiled readers beware: Martin's a softie at heart.
 
''The Pleasure of My Company'' is one of those small, appealing-looking books that promise pleasant diversions and few demands.
afegit per stephmo | editaNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Oct 9, 2003)
 
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If I can get from here to the pillar box
If I can get from here to the lamp-post
If I can get from here to the front gate
before a car comes round the corner . . .
Carolyn Murray will come to tea
Carolyn Murray will love me too
Carolyn Murray will marry me
But only if I get from here to there
before a car comes round the corner . . .

--Mick Gowar
Oxford's One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children
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To my mother and father
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There are few takers for the quiet heart. (page 80)
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Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 37, 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 a horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy ear plugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced 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.

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