The Pleasure of My Company Book Summary and Study Guide

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"The Pleasure Of My Company" is a story about Daniel Pecan Cambridge who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is mentally adept at magic squares and other such mathematical oddities. He has three main people in his life as the book starts: Clarissa, his “therapist” who comes to his apartment twice a week; Zandy the pharmacist; and Elizabeth the realtor that he has an infatuation with. By the end of the book, he is beginning to overcome his fears and has hatched from his egg and has a circle of friends. This book shows the kindness, gentleness, thoughtfulness, and normalness of Daniel Pecan Cambridge even with his strange quirks.
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Daniel Pecan Cambridge is no ordinary man. Having hobbies such as ironing pillows flat, making magic squares, and rearranging his light bulbs, the government decided he needed some free help--so they sent Clarissa. Daniel, although he can't cross streets at the curb, likes to analyze his psychiatrist, Clarissa, as she's analyzing him. In a tenderly funny romance, Daniel falls in love with Elizabeth the realtor, Clarissa, and Zandy the pharmacist while he tries to smother his fear of curbs, and break free into living "a normal life."
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   eccentric nature Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   grandpa/ma Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness Love problems?    -   Obession with uninterested person Lover is    -   mentally ill

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

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