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From Steve Martin, one of our best-loved comedians, a fantastic new novel with an ... more

unforgettably weird, original and ultimately
engaging character - Daniel Pecan Cambridge.

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The Pleasure of my Company - Steve Martin

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Of all the celebrities who've tackled novels in recent years, one of the most ... more

conspicuously successful in the field is comic
actor Steve Martin. In books such as Picasso at
the Lapin Agile and Shopgirl, Martin showed the
same dazzling wordplay that marks his film and TV
work, and his new novel, The Pleasure of My
Company, builds on the earlier work to produce a
book that is both effortlessly entertaining and
beautifully wrought. Martin's protagonist is
Daniel Pecan Cambridge, a thirtyish loser whose
life is wrecked by a whole slew of neurotic
compulsions and tics. The small, irrational fears
that plague most of us are the bane of Daniel's
life, but he resolves to shed these straitjackets
and move into something like normality. One of his
aims is a normal relationship with a woman and
there are several potential targets in sight: his
therapist Clarissa, struggling to relieve him of
his demons, Zandy, the beguiling assistant in the
chemist's shop, and Elizabeth, selling apartments
in his street.  But his compulsions are only one
of his problems; his neighbour Bob has been
murdered and Daniel is in the frame for the crime.
The attention of the media seems set to keep him
living an abnormal life for quite some time, which
might undercut his hopes of winning the "Most
Average American" competition. Novels by comedians
can often collapse into a series of one-liners,
and while there are some zingers here, Martin is a
real novelist--this quirky black comedy has both a
solidly realised structure and a sharply etched
cast. Daniel is a wonderfully characterised
anti-hero--a natural, perhaps, for Martin himself
to play when the inevitable movie is made. --Barry
Forshaw

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Of all the celebrities who've tackled novels in recent years, one of the most ... more

conspicuously successful in the field is comic
actor Steve Martin. In books such as Picasso at
the Lapin Agile and Shopgirl, Martin showed the
same dazzling wordplay that marks his film and TV
work, and his new novel, The Pleasure of My
Company, builds on the earlier work to produce a
book that is both effortlessly entertaining and
beautifully wrought. Martin's protagonist is
Daniel Pecan Cambridge, a thirtyish loser whose
life is wrecked by a whole slew of neurotic
compulsions and tics. The small, irrational fears
that plague most of us are the bane of Daniel's
life, but he resolves to shed these straitjackets
and move into something like normality. One of his
aims is a normal relationship with a woman and
there are several potential targets in sight: his
therapist Clarissa, struggling to relieve him of
his demons, Zandy, the beguiling assistant in the
chemist's shop, and Elizabeth, selling apartments
in his street.  But his compulsions are only one
of his problems; his neighbour Bob has been
murdered and Daniel is in the frame for the crime.
The attention of the media seems set to keep him
living an abnormal life for quite some time, which
might undercut his hopes of winning the "Most
Average American" competition. Novels by comedians
can often collapse into a series of one-liners,
and while there are some zingers here, Martin is a
real novelist--this quirky black comedy has both a
solidly realised structure and a sharply etched
cast. Daniel is a wonderfully characterised
anti-hero--a natural, perhaps, for Martin himself
to play when the inevitable movie is made. --Barry
Forshaw

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"...for movie appearances such as the man with the massive nose in ‘Roxanne’, the father with the crazy family in ‘Parenthood’ and more recently the unsuspecting pen-pal/confidante of a parole prisoner (played by the larger than life Queen Latifah) in ‘Bringing Down The House’. This man has not only been blessed with astounding acting, directing and producing skills, he is also a talented fiction writer. His previous literary works, ‘Picasso at the ..." Read review
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Author Steve Martin
Title The Pleasure of My Company
Genre Humour
Type Fiction
ISBN 0297829696; 0753817683; 0786869216; 0786888016

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