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Then We Came to the End: A Novel (edició 2008)

de Joshua Ferris

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This wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office signals the arrival of a gloriously talented new writer.The characters in THEN WE CAME TO THE END cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. By day they compete for the best office furniture left behind and try to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad campaign that is their only remaining "work."… (més)
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Títol:Then We Came to the End: A Novel
Autors:Joshua Ferris
Informació:Back Bay Books (2008), Paperback, 416 pages
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I've avoided this book for years because of the gimmick--first person plural--but the truth is that for the setting, it works like a charm as it overlays all the office inhabitants relating these stories to each other as part of the story, because at work you gossip, even if you can't stand anybody.

At times so funny I would make my wife listen to me read passages aloud--Yop and the chair saga, Jim Jackers' Uncle--at times the heartbreaking of a lost child, of breast cancer, sometimes the heartbreaking mundanity of: this is what we do. And then we came to the end.
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  Adamantium | Aug 21, 2022 |
A wonderfully funny and often tender book for anyone who has ever worked in an office. Believe me, ALL of your fellow coworkers are in this book! Hilarious and sad. As someone who lived through downsizing and working with overseas vendors this book really hits home, hard. ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
Farris' first person plural narrative voice is interesting and his evocation of the ad agency/dot com office mentality around 2000-2001 is right on. There are two places in the book where Farris takes you to the edge of disappointment (damn, this was building nicely, man--why screw it up) and then deftly changes course, weaving together a satisfying conclusion. ( )
  AlexThurman | Dec 26, 2021 |
Adult fiction; office humor/drama. Pokes fun at an office full of characters during a time of lay-offs. Probably have been funny ten years ago, but is just depressing now--I couldn't finish it. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This book came up on a lot of Best of 2007 lists and I thought it was okay, but it was due back at the library and I just didn't care that I hadn't finished it. So I guess I wasn't all that crazy about it.
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
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It is a brave author who embeds the rationale for writing his novel into the novel itself. But 70 pages into Joshua Ferris’s first novel, set in a white-collar office, we meet Hank Neary, an advertising copywriter writing his first novel, set in a white-collar office. Ferris has the good sense to make Neary’s earnest project seem slightly ridiculous. Neary describes his book as “small and angry.” His co-workers tactfully suggest more appealing topics. He rejects them. “The fact that we spend most of our lives at work, that interests me,” he says. “A small, angry book about work,” his colleagues think. “There was a fun read on the beach.”

“Then We Came to the End,” it turns out, is neither small nor angry, but expansive, great-hearted and acidly funny. It is set at the turn of the current century, when the implosion of the dot-com economy is claiming collateral victims down the fluorescent-paneled halls of a Chicago advertising firm. Clients are fleeing, projects are drying up and management is chucking human ballast from the listing corporate balloon. The layoffs come piecemeal, without warning and — in keeping with good, brutal, heinie-covering legal practice — with no rationale as to why any person was let go. . . .
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This wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office signals the arrival of a gloriously talented new writer.The characters in THEN WE CAME TO THE END cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. By day they compete for the best office furniture left behind and try to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad campaign that is their only remaining "work."

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