From Steve Martin, one of our best-loved comedians, a fantastic new novel with an unforgettably weird, original and ultimately engaging character - Daniel Pecan Cambridge. 'Makes you laugh out loud' Sunday Telegraph Daniel Cambridge is a thirty-three-year-old man who is slightly bewildered by life.
He knows the exact wattage of the bulbs in his flat, and will panic if the wattage isn't kept constant.
He can't cross the street unless two opposing driveways break the kerb. And he is exercised by the colour of hat worn by the local gas station attendant.
Such characteristics make it difficult for Daniel to find the right woman, but he's very keen on Elizabeth who's selling the flats across the street and Zandy who works in the local pharmacy (though he's yet to actually speak to her).
There's also the murder of Bob from downstairs. Daniel has an alibi but is still a suspect, and his agreeing to a TV reconstruction of the murder inquiry could well backfire.
It might also jeopardise Daniel's chances of winning the Most Average American competition which he's entered (twice).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/07/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780753817681
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Review by opinion8dsngr
Lonely eccentric Daniel Pecan Cambridge fills his days rituals and analysis to avoid facing his fears. As he attempts to impress the woman around him (by stepping over non-aligning sidewalks like a hero) and tries to find meaning in his world, life slowly brings him greater and greater challenges. Though slow at first, this novella picks up after its first fifty pages and has a good ending. The narrorator is a solid, likable, and memorable character.
Review by tixylix
I read this book in about 2 days and it was great, a sort of palate cleanser after reading The Holiday by Stevie Smith. You couldn't really get two books more different to each other. This story is told by Daniel, a guy living in Santa Monica with a lot of phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviours. It's a funny book and one which you just have to let go of all your questions about things that don't quite add up, and just go with it.