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Shopgirl af Steve Martin
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Shopgirl (original 2000; udgave 2001)

af Steve Martin

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Shopgirl
Forfattere:Steve Martin
Info:Hyperion (2001), Paperback
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:fiction, novella

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I know this book has mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. I found it sweet and affecting and well written. The characters, (well, at least Mirabelle and Ray) were strangely real to me, even though neither of them was particularly engaging. Jeremy was pretty thinly drawn, but not really a huge part of the book. All in all, a nice little book. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
Reads like a film pitch. It was neat to hear Martin's voice come through in some of the character descriptions, especially when describing body language and movements.
  Laura_Liebe | Jan 22, 2021 |
This is my second read of this novella. I liked it, and can see why I put it aside to re-read...event though it took me many years! The story is, on one level, a simple one: a young woman sells gloves, which no one buys, and is an aspiring artist. There are two men in her life and she will end up with one of them. But there's more here. There is an exploration of relationships with brutal honesty, there are characters who are simultaneously sure of what they are doing and totally confused. This short book sparked a lot of thought about the nature of friendship. I haven't seen the movie and worry that the deeper aspects may not come through on the screen. ( )
  LynnB | Jan 12, 2021 |
A sweet little summer read. Steve Martin strings together a lovely handful of moments and insights, but seems to run out of stamina and ties it all together too quickly at the end.

Mirabelle is the shopgirl of the title: a former art student now barely eking out a living at the glove department of Nieman's in Los Angeles. The love triangle formed by Mirabelle, amp-stenciler Jeremy, and millionaire Ray Porter would seem to be the focus of the story, but really it's all about Mirabelle. Martin has uncanny insight into the inner world of a twenty-something woman trying to allow herself to deserve real love. Perhaps closer to home for the author is Mr. Porter, a man who strings along a series of girlfriends as he keeps his heart in reserve for the "real" love of his life, and therefore cannot meet her. All three characters learn and grow from their encounters, but with a few unsatisfying short cuts toward the end.

Like a slinky Prada gown, the prose is beautiful, but the structure leaves some coverage lacking. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Not particularly witty or insightful. Boring. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
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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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