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The Maintenance of Headway de Magnus Mills
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The Maintenance of Headway (edició 2015)

de Magnus Mills (Autor)

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'It's a matter of procedure,' I explained. 'Strictly for the record. You don't get sacked from this job unless you did what Thompson did.' 'What did he do then?' 'We never mention it.' In Magnus Mills' brilliant short novel he transports us into the bizarre world of the bus drivers who take us to work, to the supermarket, to the match and home again. It is a strange but all too real universe in which 'the timetable' and 'maintenance of headway' are sacred, but where the routes can change with the click of an inspector's fingers and the helpless passengers are secondary. The journey from the southern outpost to the arch, the circus and the cross will seem as familiar as your regular route, but then Magnus Mills shows you the almost religious fervour which lies behind it, and how it is fine to be a little bit late but utterly unforgivable to be a moment early.… (més)
Membre:johnthelibrarian
Títol:The Maintenance of Headway
Autors:Magnus Mills (Autor)
Informació:Bloomsbury USA (2015), 160 pages
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Valoració:****
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It took me a second to get into this book as it starts so abruptly. Once in though, it was like taking a bus ride through New York. Anyone who has sat on a bus knows the different types of passengers you see riding alongside you, up the rows, down the seats, but have you ever thought of the drivers? Quirky characters made up the drivers. Some hilarious, some so staunchly mundane you want to throttle them. Then throw in the inspectors/order keepers and you see a whole new world to the bus system. I base my bus ride on the NY bus system as I have never been to London. I am sure it's even crazier there with all the different driving laws. The chaos though is familiar to a NY ride.

My favorite character was Breslin and "I'll tell you why": he was timely, but didn't have his career get to his head like say, Mirk Wilson the rookie. He had the most receptive lines and you knew some crazy route change was coming when he entered the scene. You never actually have a true physical description of him, so you are free to make him any bloke you would like.

This quick read was enjoyable. Such fun. ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
This novella provides a deadpan romp through the world of occupational rules and regulations as a bus driver and his mates discuss endlessly the strictures under which management makes them operate. Their minute observations concerning the times various rules are appropriate and how to evade them when they are not are familiar to most wage employees, and their encounters with the managers who enforce the rules provide a familiar spectrum of tolerable and less tolerable petty martinets. Though Mills has elsewhere taken on some bigger slices of the human experience, this is a fine look of the jobs we do. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | May 22, 2019 |
It seems like a book about bus driving, but it's actually about the worship of false idols.

Perhaps more memoir than novel, Mills uses his personal experiences to expose the futility of bureaucracies to pretend to perfection, while the minions use good, old-fashioned pragmatism to weather the storm. ( )
  nog | Feb 24, 2019 |
I rather like this little novel. I was a manager bus scheduling for most of my career and can understand a bus driver's perspective. I am an American and this is how English buses operate. So, there are different attitudes between Europe an North America. Over here most bus drivers drive the same trips every day and if the service is not too frequent, drivers and passengers begin to know each other. So, if a bus passes a customer by in the U.S. or Canada, a complaint might be made to the bus company with the driver's name. In Europe, drivers work duty rota, so for equality of pay between 'good' and 'bad' and lowland high paying runs there is an attempt to mix up the work to make this equality. Drivers in N.A. bid for their work by seniority and so there is no equality. But all drivers' have ingrained attitudes. Another similarity is that many of the drivers have to drive at least one rush hour and maybe even two and causing split work. So some drivers work really early shifts and some very late shifts. Almost no other worker does this, so the tendency is to have other drivers as friends, but some whom they only share who short breaks with. So the author nails a lot of the dialogue. And their are strange and/or clueless riders on both sides of the pond. ( )
  vpfluke | Jan 28, 2019 |
This book is a hoot. If you enjoy British humor, do not miss reading this short account of a bus driver’s work day. Yes, the whole book is about driving a bus. And while you might not think of that as an entertaining subject, author Magnus Mills somehow has made it seem like a fascinating business. You’ll learn why it is good for the driver to be early, but not too early. Why buses sometimes tend to group together. And that no one ever gets fired, except for Thompson. But after what he did, what else would you expect? A thoroughly enjoyable read. ( )
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There is a perfect match between Mills's subject and his peculiar obsessions: the monomaniacal elucidation of the inner workings of systems, and a tenderness towards very British institutions. The title refers to "the notion that a fixed interval between buses on a regular service can be attained and adhered to". A conflict simmers between a cadre of contemplative drivers, who naturally incline towards earliness (who would have thought it?), and the inspectors who would prefer everyone to run late than to undermine the principle of headway.
 
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'It's a matter of procedure,' I explained. 'Strictly for the record. You don't get sacked from this job unless you did what Thompson did.' 'What did he do then?' 'We never mention it.' In Magnus Mills' brilliant short novel he transports us into the bizarre world of the bus drivers who take us to work, to the supermarket, to the match and home again. It is a strange but all too real universe in which 'the timetable' and 'maintenance of headway' are sacred, but where the routes can change with the click of an inspector's fingers and the helpless passengers are secondary. The journey from the southern outpost to the arch, the circus and the cross will seem as familiar as your regular route, but then Magnus Mills shows you the almost religious fervour which lies behind it, and how it is fine to be a little bit late but utterly unforgivable to be a moment early.

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