This is a novella so it read pretty quickly. It had some interesting bits, particularly its portrayal of the narrator's struggle with what appears to be obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, the length of it leaves one asking questions and looking for more information on some of the characters.
But maybe I'm just the typical American that has to have everything explained to me. Don't know that I can recommend it to anyone but fans of Steve Martin's writing. It was really hard not to picture him as the protagonist the whole time, too. Check out (of the library) if you feel blazing through a book quickly.