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The Pleasure Of My Company

by Steve Martin
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publishing date: 01/10/2003
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780786869213
  • ISBN: 0786869216

Synopsis

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 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 contest

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  • Enjoyed Steve Martin's Book
    From Amazon

    A nice little read. I enjoyed this book, from comedian Steve Martin, very much. An interesting cast of characters, and my only complaint is that it ended too abruptly and too soon. I would have enjoyed more.

  • A fun ride into OCD-land
    From Amazon

    I actually really enjoyed this book. I'm a bid SM fan and so I love that I could envision him in the main role. So much so that this happened: I read the book several years ago and just the other say was talking about it as if it was a movie, surprised to find out that a movie had never been made of the book!

    It was an easy read and a fun, thorough jaunt into the mind of someone with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was sad, of course, to share his frustration at not being able to be the person he wanted to be. But I loved the surprisingly compassionate moments that different characters showed. It's a good one. Best book ever? Probably not, but I really enjoyed it.

  • NOT a pleasure to read
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    I have been a fan of Steve Martin for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching his movies and when he started writing, I read his books too. I think "Pure Drivel" is one of the funniest books that I have ever read, and although it is not my favourite book, I think "Shopgirl" is excellent. This is why it pains me so much to say that "The Pleasure of My Company" just didn't work for me.

    "The Pleasure of My Company" is a first person narrative from the point of view of obsessive compulsive Daniel Cambridge. The first person narrative allows the reader to experience first hand each and every one of Daniel's many neuroses (such as only being able to cross a road where two driveways are parallel to each other), but after about four pages this just got on my nerves. To me, Daniel never felt like a real person, he felt more like a character in a stand-up comedy act (which isn't surprising, given Martin's stand-up background), and as a result, I just couldn't relate to him and couldn't really get in to the book. Martin's writing style is very stilted in this book (I think this is intentional, in order to highlight Daniel's neuroses), which makes matters even worse. By page 16, I found myself skimming through passages in order to get to the end all the more rapidly.

    Based on Martin's previous efforts, I will probably still read his next novel. Nevertheless, I desperately hope that it is better than this book.

  • A Pleasure to Read
    From Amazon

    A lot of people seem to think that everything Steve Martin does is meant to be funny, but this isn't a laugh-out-loud funny book. It's got subtle humor and I did find myself chuckling a few times.
    This is maybe one of my favorite Steve Martin books. The main character has many conditions that have rendered him almost completely socially crippled. The book takes us through his daily life. It takes us through a period in his life and we watch him slowly break out of his shell. We watch him break his own rules and expand his world. He fumbles through awkward encounters with people and situations and confesses his feelings about them to the reader.
    I read this book in a few days. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to stay with it and watch the progress happen. I was rooting for the main character!

  • The Pleasure of My Company
    From Amazon

    Very accurate portrayal of character. Recommended for any one who is dealing with anxiety, OCD and the like, or knows/loves someone who is dealing with such issues. Very true to life experiences.

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