Shopgirl - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Steve Martin Mirabelle is the "Shopgirl" of the title, a young woman, beautiful in a wall-flowerish kind of way, who works behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus "selling things that nobody buys anymore." — Mirabelle captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy businessman almost twice her age. As they tentatively embark on a relatio... more »nship, they struggle to decipher the language of love -- with consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking.
Unabridged: 4 Compact Discs, Running Time: 4 hours, Narrator: Steve Martin (author)« less
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I read this book after I saw the movie. Oh, how I wish I hadn't. Steve Martin is a genious! This book has such eloquent observations and economy of phrasing...it's as if each sentence is a bite of the most delicious thing you've ever eaten, and you just don't want to finish chewing it. I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. Timeless themes, modern sensibilities, and beautiful writing: what more could a modern reader want from a modern novel?
Holly B. reviewed Shopgirl (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 8
I read this book after seeing the movie, looking for an explanation of some questions I had after seeing it. It did a good job answering my questions.
I was surprised and impressed by Steve Martin as a writer. It was an engaging read, written smartly with eloquent passages. I consider myself to have a broad and extensive vocabulary, but I found three words I had to look up. Pleasantly surprising for someone with a love of words :)
Overall, a bittersweet story, though -- with a good dose of truth and a great look into a man's psyche.
The book is short enough that I thought I could burn through it in a couple of days. Not so - I kept falling asleep, so it took almost a week. I was bored and couldn't connect with either of the characters. I felt sorry for Mirabelle, but thought the rest of 'em could use personality overhauls of the Get-a-Clue type.