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Shopgirl

Shopgirl
Title: Shopgirl
Author:Martin Steve
Оценка: 4.0 of 5, readers votes - 1
Genre: prose
Annotation:Steve Martin`s first foray into fiction is as assured as it is surprising. Set in Los Angeles, its fascination with the surreal body fascism of the upper classes feels like the comedian`s familiar territory, but the shopgirl of the book`s title may surprise his fans. Mirabelle works in the glove department of Neiman`s, 'selling things that nobody buys any more.' Spending her days waiting for customers to appear, Mirabelle 'looks like a puppy standing on its hind legs, and the two brown dots of her eyes, set in the china plate of her face, make her seem very cute and noticeable.' Lonely and vulnerable, she passes her evenings taking prescription drugs and drawing 'dead things,' while pursuing an on-off relationship with the hopeless Jeremy, who possesses 'a slouch so extreme that he appears to have left his skeleton at home.' Then Mr. Ray Porter steps into Mirabelle`s life. He is much older, rich, successful, divorced, and selfish, desiring her 'without obligation.' Complicating the picture is Mirabelle`s voracious rival, her fellow Neiman`s employee Lisa, who uses sex 'for attracting and discarding men.'

The mutual incomprehension, psychological damage, and sheer vacuity practiced by all four of Martin`s characters sees Shopgirl veer rather uncomfortably between a comedy of manners and a much darker work. There are some startling passages of description and interior monologue, but the characters are often rather hazy types. Martin tries too hard in his attempt to write a psychologically intense novel about West Coast anomie, but Shopgirl is still an enjoyable, if rather light, read.
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  1. Steve Martin Shopgirl
  2. shopgirl
  3. jeremy
  4. mirabelle ’s friday
  5. sleeping with jeremy
  6. the weekend
  7. monday
  8. tuesday
  9. monotony
  10. mr. ray porter
  11. date
  12. gloves
  13. lisa
  14. second date
  15. their next date
  16. the conversation
  17. sexual intercourse
  18. breakfast
  19. jeremy ’s adulthood
  20. thanksgiving
  21. visitor
  22. girl friday
  23. vermont
  24. june
  25. prada
  26. new york
  27. l.a.
  28. collapse
  29. acknowledgments
  30. steve martin


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Если вам понравился фильм "Продавщица" со Стивом Мартином в главной роли, думаю, вам интересно будет прочитать книгу, по которой он снят. Наугад набрала в поиске "Shopgirl", и к своей радости обнаружила эту книгу в библиотеке! Автор - актер Стив Мартин. Написано умно и тонко, на хорошем английском языке. Немного грустная история. Это вовсе не дамское чтиво, хотя мужчин, думаю, вряд ли заинтересует. А жаль! На мой взгляд, автору удалось довольно точно передать внутренний мир героев, особенно влюбленной девушки, описать их роман, мотивы поступков. Никакого гламура. По-новому оценила талантливого актера Стива Мартина.
  
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Оценка 4 из 5 звёзд от yello30 25.11.2010 23:08

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Средний рейтинг 4.0 из 5

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