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The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel Hardcover – Oct 1 2003


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786869216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786869213
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #754,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn in the City on Nov. 13 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a short read by Steve Martin, yes, THAT Steve Martin, the actor, and I for one couldn't put it down. The plot strolls along, like Daniel Pecan Cambridge on his daily walks to Rite-Aid, the drugstore where a pharmacist whom he has a crush on works.
Daniel himself doesn't work, and this is alluded to at the beginning of the book as being related to his unique condition.

This book was an original, hilarious look at a man whose crippling OCD is outweighed only by his genuine concern of others and his unique and inventive way of connecting with them. Having read Steve Martin in the New Yorker for years, I know that his humour writing is second to none, and this book was brimming with it. But also an undernote of real compassion--for the obsessive protagonist and the flawed characters around him, who are brought to life by Mr. Martin's amazing use of humour and language.

The situations Daniel finds himself in are as varied as winning an essay contest (twice), going on a road trip with his therapist and her son to his grandmother's funeral, and being a confidante for people who trust him not to judge them or look at them in an unfavourable light, based on his own odd-ness.

I highly recommend this book.
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By Shepherdess Extraordinaire TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the second book of Steve Martin's that I've read and I am so impressed with his writing. He is innovative and writes in a style that evokes alot of emotion. It was amazing how he took the day to day life of someone who has an ordinary and uneventful life and makes it an enthralling read. There is great character development, and as in, Shopgirl, I found myself "cheering" for the main character.
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Format: Paperback
I found this to be a wonderful read. A smart, warm, deep character study - I found myself smiling as I read it and smiling now as I think about it. Don't go into it expecting another "shopgirl"; it is different and quirky and lovely.
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Format: Paperback
The jury is still out for me on Steve Martin as a writer. I really enjoyed SHOP GIRL. PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY had some great moments and fresh and unique ideas, but didn't capture me in the same way. I found more similarities to SHOP GIRL with Augusten Burroughs' SELLEVISION or Rikki Lee Travolta's MY FRACTURED LIFE then I necessarily found with PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY. It is a unique and interesting book, not bad at all. It's just different than what I expected and not filled with that same quick wit I found in SHOP GIRL and with Burroughs and Travolta. I'm not counting Martin out. I liked this novel I think, I'm just not as sure as in the past.
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By A Customer on July 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I saw this at the book store, I chuckled smugly: Gosh, I wonder how this guy got his book deal, and what unknown author did he push off the shelf with his big name and the publisher's money? And, so, not wanting to put any money in the pocket of a millionaire celebrity 'writer,' I checked it out at the library. Damn! It's so totally brilliant: sad, and real and exquisitely written. A great novel. I'm now purchasing a copy. Damn!
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By Patty O on July 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book by Steve Martin. It was very insightful and I laughed and cried. OCD and family relations, career problems and romance, are all covered in this short and easy read.
Get it, you will love it too!!
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By A Customer on June 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
Most of the reviewers describe this book very accurately. It really was a pleasure to read. It was humorous and touching. It was so much better than the vast majority of books I read, that I had to give it 5 stars. If you are reading this review trying to decide whether to read it or not, do yourself a favor, don't debate any longer--read it!
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By mpa12 on June 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
Nothing exceptional, but an enjoyable and interesting book. As others have mentioned, it's a quick and easy read and worth the short investment of time required.
Steve Martin develops an interesting character, and the story twists a number of unexpected ways.
If you enjoyed this you must read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon -- a similar but far superior book (and that's not a knock on The Pleasure of My Company).
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