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Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
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Sep 07, 07

bookshelves: humor, favorites

some folks reviewing this, seem to not get this book at all.

unfortunately, steve martin's knack for making some pretty droll movies the past 15-20 years makes it pretty difficult for a reader today to read this without already expecting something else entirely.

i haven't gone back to this book in years, but as a teenager, and even into my twenties, i would come back to this book again and again and it always slayed me.

this is quite simply absurdist humor of the highest order. some of it is more successful than others, but i've never seen anyone do quite what martin is doing here, and to be honest, i'm not so sure that anyone could.

is it art? i don't know. some of it i believe reaches the level of art. but all of it makes me laugh, and is timeless -- way more so than, say, a george carlin book, or any other writings you get from stand-up comedians. take it for what it is, and it's amazingly ridiculous and incredibly funny.
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Edmund Davis-Quinn Just didn't grab me, takes a certain spin to get it I guess.


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