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I could hardly get through this long short story. The dry, impersonal narrative didn't engage me at all and made me not give a hoot about the cartoonish characters or the story. There was no build-up, no moving forward. It was clinical, sterile writing. I found no humor in the story. If Martin was trying for any kind of pathos, it eluded me. There seems to be the makings of a beginning of a novel here, one that was aborted and published without being finished. An outline or start of a character study for a better novel, maybe. But in and of itself, a weak and uninteresting try. In my humble opinion, this book would not have received any attention if it weren't written by a well-liked celebrity.
I love Steve Martin and was sure this would be a delightful little read. I don't consume any pornography so I am likely far more sensitive about crude, explicit descriptions of sexual activity than others. I finally had to abandon the book because of these descriptions even though I wanted to go on see what he did with the characters. I would never have guessed that Steve Martin would produce this kind of material.
I had to abandon "House of Cards" on Netflix after 3 or 4 episodes because of the creepy, dirty sex. So, yeah, I'm that guy and I'm sure this invalidates whatever I may say here for a lot of people.
The story dragged on and I didn't feel enough of a connection with any of the characters to fuel a sincere interest. I purchased the novella based on a trailer for the movie that came after. All the reviews seem to be based on the interest that Steve Martin wrote a novella. I now see why. The actual story lacks and lags. He writes well enough, and there were some neat little tidbits scattered throughout. The characters, as this is a character driven novella, just didn't do anything for me.
Martin is a clever writer, the story is about the inner minds and motivations of lonely people trying to find love and acceptance in their lives. I found it discouraging to read about them needing to screw each other so often to find validation.
Dieses Buch versteht sich als komisch, aber ich habe selten eine so traurige Stimmung gesehen, wie hier. Was ja an sich nicht schlecht ist, nur kann diese tiefgreifende Melancholie einfach nicht über die Mängel hinwegtäuschen. Schade, von so einem brillianten Komiker hätte man mehr erwarten können.