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An Object of Beauty: A Novel af Steve Martin
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An Object of Beauty: A Novel (udgave 2010)

af Steve Martin (Forfatter)

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"Steve Martin's latest novel examines the glamour and the subterfuge of the fine art world in New York City"--Provided by publisher.
Medlem:siarraquinn
Titel:An Object of Beauty: A Novel
Forfattere:Steve Martin (Forfatter)
Info:Hachette Audio (2010)
Samlinger:Suite 116
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An Object of Beauty af Steve Martin

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Not bad. It reminded me of Shop Girl, Steve Martin's other book that I've read, but they're not actually identical aside from young female in a marketing/sales/professional life learning how to navigate the world, with a few sex scenes throughout. this one is all about art, a world I'm not familiar with, but it's intriguing enough; a nice novella. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 24, 2023 |
Well-written, interesting, smart and sometimes funny. I listened to this with maybe 3/4 attention, and that was perfect. No offense intended; ask me about abbas kiarostami movies if you want more detail. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
i just kept thinking about the anecdote steve martin shared in Live From New York about how he struggled to relate to dan akyroid. martin seemed kinda proud that he invited akyroid to go shopping at barneys.

i read this book because of the stand-up and the jerk and the full-color pictures and because shopgirl was ok. i was hoping for something more pretentious than pedestrian, and boy, was i disappointed. i dont really wanna go to barneys, but if you say that's where we're going, why are we only looking at the stuff we could get at nordstrom?
  alison-rose | May 22, 2023 |
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
An in-depth look at the world of art and art dealing, set in the early 1990s-2010s. An art journalist relates the story of Lacey, an ambitious beautiful and recent art history major graduate, who climbs the rungs of the art world --from auction houses, to dealers, to finally getting her own gallery. She is ruthless but not gratuitously mean. She uses her beauty but in a shallow kind of way and remained, at least to this reader, a sympathetic character. She rides the economic fortunes through both 9/11 and the financial collapse of 2008. She --and we, as readers-- sees how a piece of art can move from being an object to beauty to become an object of wealth, to be possessed. It is a clever metaphor for Lacey's own life and relationships. Martin is not the world's best writer --sometimes overly arch and dry-- but he nails this one. Better than Shopgirl. If you're "into" art at all, read this! ( )
  mjspear | Jul 13, 2022 |
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"I couldn’t be a woman," Steve Martin once joked, "because I’d play with my breasts all day." Now he has written a novel about a young woman, but nearly the only thing he can imagine about her is wanting to play with her breasts. The Object of Beauty is a nasty exercise in narcissism, particularly in the narcissism of the famous.
 
Dark subject matter is conveyed with certain smart-assey detachment. Martin knows when to drop a joke in before things get too serious. Timing. Comedians have it.
tilføjet af WeeklyAlibi | RedigerWeekly Alibi, John Bear (Dec 16, 2010)
 
“An Object of Beauty” follows the New York art world climb of Lacey Yeager. She is a charismatic character yet a very odd one to have emerged from the imagination of Steve Martin. Although Lacey is treated as this book’s main source of fascination, it’s less interesting to look at her point-blank than to look at her while wondering what Mr. Martin sees.

One aspect of this novel’s allure is the ambiguity with which Mr. Martin frames Lacey’s fierce, outsize ambitions. Is her story meant to be the appreciatively told tale of a canny New York predator? That of a relative innocent whose values change in the presence of vast sums of art-market money? Or that of a stylishly attractive dynamo who, with only minimal irony, recognizes herself in the monstrous goddess that Willem de Kooning painted as “Woman I?”

Is she an unalloyed opportunist? Or is she as intoxicated with art as she is with the leverage and entrée that expertise will bring? Is she stirred by art’s erotic power or just someone who sexually exploits the acquisitive passions of insatiable collectors? Does she share the collectors’ boys’-club competitive spirit (for surely this is a man’s world, at least in the way it is depicted by Mr. Martin)? Or is she just a woman who’s inordinately good at manipulating rich, credulous men? . . .

tilføjet af PLReader | RedigerNY Times, Janet Maslin (Nov 28, 2010)
 

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I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacey Yeager, yet I worry that unless I write her story down, and see it bound and tidy on my bookshelf, I will be unable to ever write about anything else.
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"I think Lacey is the kind of person who will always be okay."
When she was alone, she was potential; with others she was realized. Alone she was self-contained, her tightly spinning magnetic energy oscillating around her. When in company, she had invisible tethers to everyone in the room: as they moved away, she pulled them in.
Was every transgression capable of being so well hid? It suggested that one could connect the dots between any two people in any room and perhaps stumble onto an unknown relationship.
"Do you know we tape all our auctions?"
When Lacey began these computations, her toe crossed ground from which it is difficult to return: she started converting objects of beauty into objects of value.
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