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  • ISBN 0753820285
  • ISBN13 978-0753820285
  • Language English
  • Author Steve Martin
  • Publisher Orion Pub Co (September 2005)
  • Pages 176
  • Formats docx lrf mobi azw
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Contemporary
  • Size ePub 1517 kb
  • Size Fb2 1815 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 985

Mirabelle works as a shop assistant in the glove department at Niemans, LA's finest store; she also draws darkly gothic pictures at night. Adrift in the world and lonely, her situation is not improved by the fact that hardly anyone buys the kind of gloves that Niemans sell, so she spends most of her day leaning on the counter staring into empty space. There are two men in her life - Jeremy, a man who stencils amplifiers for a living, and Mr Ray Porter, an older man and millionaire who applies logic to relationships, and is serially confused and disappointed. In this exquisitely self-contained novel, Steve Martin touches on the surface horrors of LA - the false noses, lips, breasts and people - without exaggeration or explicitly playing for laughs. It's insightful, dark, funny and tender.

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With more than 340,000 copies in print, Steve Martin's Shopgirl has landed on bestseller lists nationwide including: New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin incredible critical success, this story of modern day love and romance is a work of disarming tenderness.

Mirabelle replaces the absent friends with books and television mysteries of the PBS kind. The books are mostly nineteenth-century novels in which women are poisoned or are doing the poisoning. She does not read these books as a romantic lonely hearts turning pages in the isolation of her room, not at all. She is instead an educated spirit with a sense of irony. She loves the gloom of these period novels, especially as kitsch, but beneath it all she finds that a part of her identifies with all that darkness.

Shopgirl is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Anand Tucker and starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes, and Jason Schwartzman. The screenplay by Steve Martin is based on his 2000 novella of the same title.

Steve Martin is one of America's most treasured actors, having appeared in some of the most popular moves of our time. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has in the past few years turned his hand to writing plays. The results, collected here, hil. The Underpants. by Steve Martin · Carl Sternheim.

The Doggone Amplifier Company has a logo of a dog with cartoon speed lines trailing out behind it, with the brand name laid out in a semicircle underneath. d lines; some of the earlier paint jobs, before Jeremy joined the ranks, are uneven and sloppy. When he works he crouches in an uncomfortable position that only someone under thirty could bear for long before he would have to seek work elsewhere. His salary is so small that his paycheck could read so and so measly dollars and no one would contradict.

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These gloves aren’t like the hardworking ones sold by . Bean; these are so fine that a lady wearing them can still pick up a straight pin. The glove department is adjacent to the couture department and is really there for show. These gloves aren’t like the hardworking ones sold by .

Steve Martin’s first foray into fiction is as assured as it is surprising

Author: Steve Martin. Steve Martin’s first foray into fiction is as assured as it is surprising. Set in Los Angeles, its fascination with the surreal body fascism of the upper classes feels like the comedian’s familiar territory, but the shopgirl of the book’s title may surprise his fans. Spending her days waiting for customers to appear, Mirabelle looks like a puppy standing on its hind legs, and the two brown dots.

Hyperion Books, 1 сент One of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin . Martin is profoundly wise when it comes to the inner workings of the human heart.

Hyperion Books, 1 сент. One of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin has written a novella that is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and life.

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This short book is a reasonable attempt by the author to offer commentary on the disaffections of modernity through stereotypical characters: the cute and pleasant, underemployed retail girl who has to operate on anti-depressants to handle her dead-end job and life; the wealthy middle-aged man who can only buy pseudo-relationships; the cynical, yet desperate, girl who is in a race with the years to remake and sell herself; and the self-absorbed, clueless techie.

The author's focus is on Mirabelle, a 28 year old from Vermont, who is totally bored in her job at the glove counter in the Neiman Marcus store in Beverly Hills. She has a Masters in fine arts, but finds it to be an immense struggle to find a way to utilize her artistic talents or to meet desirable guys. The low point in her life has to be the inept, unappreciated relationship she has with the techie Jeremy who she meets in a laundromat.

Enter Ray Porter, a wealthy entrepreneur, who just happens to notice Mirabelle one day in her store. Despite the immediate improvement of Mirabelle's economic condition due to the largesse of Ray and of her love life, neither wants to dig beyond the surface and admit that the other one cannot be or give what is wanted.

The book is not comedic with one exception. Lisa, a co-worker of Mirabelle and intent on using her physical assets to attract men, mistakenly gives Jeremy the time of his life after mistakenly thinking that he is Ray, who she is trying to steal from Mirabelle.

As said, the characters are rather stereotypical, yet the author does share some of their thinking. The focus is kept on the personal level with wider ramifications mostly implied. Even though the characters are recognizable types, the story itself is a bit contrived with a predictable ending. Nonetheless, the book is a quick and enjoyable read.
Steve Martin is a man and a mind of many facets. It is entirely wrong to consider this his first writing, as some of the other reviewers have, since he has been writing in many media for many years and is highly skilled. Beyond his remarkable stand-up comedy, which must surely have been written in some form or other before he delivered the material, his NEW YORKER pieces are almost always fabulous, and his PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE is a masterful piece of playwriting and a magnificent play.
Now that SHOP GIRL is on the way to becoming a film starring Martin himself (some sly wit suggested that Winona Ryder might be the shop girl), this book is well worth buying and considering in detail. The coming fascination will be to see the extent to which Martin's concept, execution and characters are retained in the film, or how much will be sacrificed to the God of Hollywood Format and Popularity. Who will, in the end, portray the shop girl, an understated role that will call for subtle power from the 'right' actress.
In SHOP GIRL Martin does not put a word wrong. If there is any criticism one might make, it would be that the prose is if anything a little spare, the mordant wit slightly too dry, the book a novella fleshed out with wide margins and few lines per page to produce some heft and justify the price tag. But these are mere nits being picked and should not deter the reader.
As it is, this is an entirely satisfying and delightful book. If the reader discovers--as I did--that it reads with remarkable fluidity and elegance, there is an explanation (given by Martin himself in a PBS interview) that should be helpful to many writers: he reads his text aloud to himself, and in the process can detect words sequences or juxtapositions that generate dissonance. There is no dissonance here.
Of course Martin has access to the media and to publication and screenplay adaptation based on his justifiably fine reputation. So, one asks, what will his next oeuvre be? If SHOP GIRL is any indication, it will be worth waiting for, indeed.
I didn't think Steve Martin had a serious bone in his body, but he apparently does, if this book is any indication. Don't get the wrong idea though, this book still has some very funny moments.
Meet Mirabelle, a 28-year old innocent from Vermont working in the out-of-date glove department of an up-scale Beverly Hills department store. Mirabelle is depressed and has been ever since her image of her father as a hero was shattered. She is painfully shy and desperately wants someone to hold her.
Enter Jeremy, a sluggish product of the California Public Schools system who has not learned how to treat a lady.
Enter Ray Porter, a 50-something software millionaire who has not leanred to treat a lady either, but in a totally different way then Jeremy.
As you can probably guess, all sorts of shmoopy relationship squabbles ensue.
When I bought this book, I was afraid of the shmoopy stuff. About halfway through, however, I realized that I had laughed more than I had rolled my eyes. By the end of the book I realized that I had thoroughly enjoyed the story and was hoping for more.
I think that Martin was able to keep me reading through the narrator's witty observations and comments. It really put a male perspective on the entire relationship scene and made this book worth the time it took to read it.