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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
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Feb 11, 12

This book blew me away very softly. It's gentle, lyrical, sad and sweet. Steve Martin has always shown himself to be a good writer but this one definitely is a surprise. Perfect reading for morning coffee or tea, and with some amazing art and NYC details thrown in (not to mention beautiful reproductions of works ... Thank goodness for W.G. Sebald and the trend of image insertion that followed). Theres a delicate but well done act of using this story to point at bigger events in the world, but it's almost better to ignore that and just get lost in the characters, their romance for art, and how it shapes their decisions. If anything, this book's biggest stroke of greatness is in making the reader feel the same type of emotions that gazing at a painting, a lover, or any piece of beauty makes one feel. That dreamy magical state one feels from art is present in the way the book reads and moves. And for some reason the last few books I've read have had amazing endings. This one is no different and the last chapter is filled with such emotion, it's hard for any romantic not to cry.
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