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Then We Came to the End: A Novel

5 Ratings: 1.4
A book by Joshua Ferris

Amazon Best of the Month Spotlight Title, April 2007: It's 2001. The dot-com bubble has burst and rolling layoffs have hit an unnamed Chicago advertising firm sending employees into an escalating siege mentality as their numbers dwindle. As a parade … see full wiki

Author: Joshua Ferris
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
4 reviews about Then We Came to the End: A Novel
review by . February 16, 2008
Very good first novel captures the essence of the transcendence and banality in the workplace many of us face in the Cubicle Age. This is the novel many of us have wanted to write after that one life-changing project ended, probably badly as most do, and as Ferris's does.     It matches my experience on a six-year project that ended with threats of lawsuits between our company and the client, with people leaving the team one by one at first, then with acrimony as those leaving …
review by . August 25, 2010
Pros: You'll turn pages fairly fast      Cons: You will turn them fast to get to the end rather than enjoy the trip      The Bottom Line: If you work in a strange, dull office and want to read about a strange dull office, read this. Otherwise, there are tons of books available that aren't this one.      Let’s see. There is a story about a group of weird people in an office facing downsizing. I think I’ve run into this …
review by . December 29, 2007
This book is showing up on several year-end "best of 2007" lists. Deservedly so, in my opinion. A fictional account of life in a pre 9/11 Chicago advertising agency that is hitting hard times and where downsizing is suddenly a weekly reality, it's enormously readable. In part, because of the irresistibly gossipy tone that is maintained throughout, also because the author is pitch-perfect at capturing the mixture of minor irritations, backstabbing, politics, and genuine fear for one's security that …
review by . April 13, 2007
I generally check fiction out of the library, because I read most novels only once. The fiction on my shelves is mostly the classics. That said, I borrowed Then We Came to the End from the library--but I should have bought it. This book is destined to become a classic.     Other than one section, the book is written from the first person plural and is done so with expertise. It is the story of a group of people from an advertising agency and the employees are being laid off, …
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