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Shopgirl 2


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Steve Martin (1945 - )

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wordwise July 31st, 2006 12:49 PM PST

I think Steve Martin is truly brilliant. Shopgirl is an excellent novel, with no cheap laughs (and not too many other kinds of laughs--if anything, the book is restrained to a fault). It's very considerably better than the movie. I would start with Shopgirl. The Pleasure of My Company DOES have some cheap laughs, and some much more rewarding laughs, and it, too, is a good book and well worth reading. Both are genuine acts of imagination.


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