The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel

The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel

by Steve Martin


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ISBN-13: 9780786869213
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1945

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas


Long Beach State College; University of California, Los Angeles

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The Pleasure of My Company 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the sweetest and most tender books I have ever read. Steve Martin's writing is so effortless and believable and I look forward to reading this book again someday.
Lori_Borys More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the silly humor of vintage SNL Martin this book is not for you. If you are looking for a thought provoking, engrossing, surprising, well written, touching, human story you need to get this book. It is a quick read but it is possibly one of the most well written amazingly thought provoking things I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Marting creates amazing characters that inhabit the very limited mind he has conjured into being for the main character. It is truly brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! The characteristics of the main character are awesome. Steve Martin does a great job in the details. Want to see this become a movie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. A quick read too.
BlueViper More than 1 year ago
The Pleasure of my Company is probably the one book I've read that seemed very different from all the rest I've read. The concept behind the story (following the life of a man who "suffers" from OCD) is not something I come across often, but I liked it... a lot. The story is about a very intelligent man, named Daniel, who has a pretty severe case of OCD. You'll learn about his struggle to live with this problem, and how he copes with the outside world. You see him grow out of his shell, and that makes it a truly heart warming story. I did; however, find the story to be a little hard to follow some times. I suspect that may just be me though. There are several names in the book, and at first I had trouble keeping them straight. There were also a few parts of the story that seemed overall unnecessary (the pharmacist.) While it can help show what Daniel was like, in the end it just didn't seem like it needed to be there completely. All in all, this story is a great read, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fairly relaxing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Martin did not let me down with his second book! I loved the primary charater and could identify with *some* of his flaws. If you read this Steve, please keep writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story that takes you on a journey of new perspective. I never wanted it to end and when it did, I enjoyed the self-reflection it caused. BEAUTIFUL - that is all I can say!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I'd read by Steve Martin, and I have to admit I was impressed. I found the book a little difficult to get into at first, but once I got started I found it hard to put down... I found the book to be very funny (laugh out loud funny), and the main character was amazing. The thought processes were great, because I find myself thinking some of the same things... Almost like a book written by the voices in your head! :o)
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I started listening to this book, I didn't think I was going to like it. Steve Martin's reading seemed a little bland. But then I realized he was reading like the main character and I still wondered if I was going to finish the book. Daniel Pecan Cambridge suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. He cannot cross the street except at driveways directly across from each other, and the wattage of the active light bulbs in his apartment has to add up to 1,125. His compulsions have cost him his job. He has a seriously limited social life. He sees a therapist once a week, goes to Rite Aid for his prescriptions and has a "relationship" with the real estate agent that he watches as she tries to lease apartments across the street.After an incident forces him to act outside of his norm, he ends up babysitting for his therapist's 1-year-old son Teddy. The book picked up then, but I didn't realize I was invested in Daniel's story until I started grinning and cheering when he realized that he could control his own behavior for someone else's benefit.It's a cute novella and was worth the read.
JEldredge on LibraryThing 7 months ago
'The Pleasure' was somewhat of a more current 'Catcher in the Rye', but more enthralling & easier to relate. I would much rather know Steve's Daniel Pecan than Salinger's Holden. He is far more charming, caring, intuitive, and yet no less disturbed. This is my first straight-up fiction novel from Steve Martin, and I may have enjoyed it even more than his random comedic pieces prior.
EmmaWatson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a delightful book¿thoughtful, witty, tender, heartbreaking at times, with a neurotic but endearing main character who I just loved and found myself rooting for. It was a joy to read. The writing is wonderful¿it¿s one of those books where I marked certain passages because they were so wonderfully written.
mhgatti on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It¿s very hard for me to express my disappointment with Martin's latest novel, The Pleasure Of My Company. I wanted to like it, but in the end it turned out to be a slight book (its really more of a novella) with a slight plot that kind of just moved along without ever going anywhere. Martin¿s greatest talent is his sly humor, but there is very little of that evident here.The book starts out funny enough, with the protagonist, a neurotic who obviously suffers from a pretty bad case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (though OCD is never mentioned in the book), certain that his rejection letter from MENSA is due to a mathematical error (like maybe they left the ¿1¿ off of the front of his score). It looks like our hero will be the classic Martin delusional doofus; naively going through life thinking the world is on his side. But once you get through some of the comedy caused by the listing of his various obsessive tics (such as the inability to cross streets at a curb and the fact that wattage of the lights in his apartment must always total 1125), the novel has very few humorous moments. In the end (and I don¿t think I¿m giving anything important away here) you even find out that MENSA really did leave the ¿1¿ off his score.It turns out that Pleasure's main character isn't unwittingly unaware of his delusions, he needs them to survive. Like Mark Haddon¿s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (written from the perspective of an autistic savant) and Jonathan Lethem¿s Motherless Brooklyn (Tourette's syndrome), Pleasure contains a very plausible account of a somewhat unsound mind. Unlike those two books, Martin's book has very little beyond its main character¿s illness. There are other plotlines, mostly dealing with romantic infatuations, but they¿re all pretty thin. There¿s even some attempt at oddball comedy, like an essay contest searching for ¿America¿s Most Average Person¿ but they mostly fall flat.I liked Martin¿s first novella, Shopgirl, and enjoyed his play Picasso At The Lapin Agile, so maybe this book is just a hiccup in his brilliant writing career. Here¿s hoping something better comes from his pen soon.
gwoodrow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I felt 2 different types of relief while reading this book. The first being a sense of kinship with the narrator, as I understand the general inclination of being OCD. The second being a deep sigh at how glad I am to not be as bad as he. I just check light switches, alarm clocks, locks on doors and the like a couple times more often than probably necessary, but I certainly never considered how tough life must be to not be able to step off the sidewalk except at scooped out driveways or have a minimum overall wattage requirement for the lights in my home.Daniel (our self-proclaimed insane narrator) does have those more extreme problems. And you know by virtue of his first-person narration that he's aware that these aren't so much "real" problems as they are difficulties for the sake of difficulties. I couldn't help but read into it this overall criticism of society's obsession with individual distinction. (EVERYONE IS TALENTED AND SMART AND UNIQUE AND SUPER SPECIAL!)But whether such an underlying criticism actually exists in the story or if I'm just imagining it, Steve Martin does a fantastic job lending humor to it. And not just to OCD, but to everything in the story. Even in the one scene that has anything even remotely resembling violence, there's something inherently funny/odd about the whole situation. I knew after seeing Martin's play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" that he was much more intelligent and talented than anything in his movie career suggested (except perhaps "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," one of my all-time favorites), and his novel "Shopgirl" only furthered my trust in his open-secret genius, but "The Pleasure of My Company" is now my favorite of his literary works. Funny, whimsical, light hearted (without getting too saccharine), and very smart.
omame on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A sweet, charming novella. Steve Martin has the ability to make a normally unrelateable character relateable.
mrs.starbucks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
a little bizarre overall, but not entirely unpleasant.
orangewords on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is an absolutely wonderful book. Martin's narrator is self-conscious while being hilarious, neurotic, though sympathetic, and just generally incredibly likable. A charming, challenging, and uplifting read, Martin has hit the nail on the head with "The Pleasure of My Company". (I also think it bears mention that I loved this book even more than I loathed "Shopgirl". I *really* hated "Shopgirl".)
sharlene_w on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I found this novella charming and interesting from beginning to end. It was especially enjoyable listening to Steve Martin read it. I think there is more than a little of Steve Martin in his character Daniel Pecan Cambridge. A funny, clever little piece of work!
ehimes on LibraryThing 8 months ago
There's something a little serious about this funny man Steve Martin. I always get the feeling that there's a little touch of something sad underneath his hilarity. This sensibility comes out in his books. I enjoyed Shopgirl of course, but i like The Pleasure of My Company best. It's a little sad and very funny. And it's a quick weekend read, which really appeals to me.
mikemillertime on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A pleasant read especially for fans of Steve Martin's wry silliness, the book is almost like an evolved take on the Jerk. As the protagonist is a semi-moronic, OCD 30-something in LA, the book begins like a series of disjointed vignettes about the character, then slowly begins to thread the episodes together in a cohesive life for the character. Martin's humor is definitely the brightest spot, and the story falters with sentimentality towards the finish line, but overall the book is nice, light and enjoyable time spent. It's curious how dated the book has become with constant allusions to extinct brands like Kinko's and CompUSA.
AshRyan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It's not particularly heroic (except perhaps on a small scale), but I adore this story about innocence. Get the audio edition if you can---Martin's reading of his own story is extremely moving, as you can tell he is deeply invested in the characters he has created. But just reading the regular book yourself is great, too.
circlesreads on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I couldn¿t decide whether to give this one star or two, not because the writing was poor, but because I really didn¿t enjoy the storyline. I kept waiting for the main character to grow or transform, but this didn¿t happen until the last two pages in a silly fairy tale type of ending. Very disappointing.
glitterina on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Well done, but jeez... depressing.
SirRoger on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Daniel is a 30-something guy living in California whose bewildering neuroses rule his life, having caused him to lose his job and receive state sponsored counseling. Something as simple as stepping over a curb to cross the street paralyzes him, yet he has a heart of gold and does all he can (and some things he can't) to help his neighbors or to impress the woman he has a crush on. Despite his reclusive existence, he somehow manages to have a whole host of adventures, including winning an essay contest, saving a child from abusive harm, "acting" in a TV re-enactment of his neighbor's murder, and yes, living happily ever after. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to everyone. I read 'Shopgirl' and thought it crude and shallow, so I guess I didn't expect a whole lot from 'The Pleasure of My Company.' I could not have been more surprised to find it not only funny (which I would expect from Steve Martin) but at the same time tender, serious, clever, moving, and very readable. And clean! And I certainly did not expect to be moved close to tears upon reading of a love so pure and clear that it could allow a man to conquer his own personal mountaintops. Highly recommended.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Daniel suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and fills his days with delusional fantasies. Interesting portrayal of mental illness.
WillowOne on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I guess because I do not have weird quirks like the main character and I do not know anyone like him, I had trouble with this book. I tended to laugh at the idiosyncrasies of this character instead of really being able to invest in him. I just do not think it was my cup of tea.