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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
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Jun 17, 12

Read in June, 2012

Throughout this book I felt guilty, as I did not enjoy this book on any level, but I love Steve Martin on many levels. It was like going to a friend's gig which is not too hot, and you can't shut off the critique centre of your mind. Thankfully, I did not have to have a pint with Steve Martin after, with him asking "So... what did you think?".

It's about the upward arc of a woman making her way in the world of art dealership. She is as vapid, unlikeable, phony and gimlet-eyed as the art world she works in. In the end I concluded that the whole thing was a deliberate analogy for the rise of the ultra-monied nonsense of the pre-recession art world of the nineties and noughties, and the blank avarice of the protagonists is a comment thereon. But there is little judgement in the book, which I probably expected as I find these people repellent, but maybe Martin finds them fascinating in their detached and inexplicable world. As such he's in a better position to write a calm satire of the grotesque bourgeoisie, like F Scott Fitzgerald.

If you want to read a blank evocation of some well-dressed bellends, read this book. If you want to know why I love Steve Martin, read this book -

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