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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
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May 26, 12

This book was an interesting counterbalance to his other two novels (Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company). Those were about how life sucks, with an undercurrent of hope. This one was about how even when everything is going right, it's all perilous and can fall apart at any moment. The first two were about how even those who are flawed and awkward can connect and love and find happiness and this one was about how those who seem to be flawless and able to seamlessly flow through the world might have no human connection or happiness at all.

Read as a progression rather than as a single novel, this one becomes perhaps more depressing than it otherwise might. I want to ask him if this juxtaposition was intentional so, you know, next time we're at the same dinner party, I'll bring it up.

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