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Among many other reasons, Ferris's debut novel was acclaimed for its unusual point of view: the collective "we." The harried denizens of a Chicago advertising firm form a unified narrator, railing against the boredom of the American white-collar job and the dwindling of their opportunities at the company in the post-Internet bust. Reading a book with such tricky narration is a complex task, and Deanna Hurst, while game, is not quite up to the task. Hurst reads flatly, with little sense of the engaging rhythms of Ferris's comic prose. This abridged version of Ferris's novel often feels heavier, and longer, than the wonderfully light-footed original. Hurst just doesn't quite get the joke. Simultaneous release with the Back Bay Books paperback (Reviews, Jan. 8, 2007).
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"What looks at first glance like a sweet-tempered satire of workplace culture is revealed upon closer inspection to be a very serious novel about, well, America. It may even be, in its own modest way, a great American novel." (Los Angeles Times)
"A masterwork of pitch and tone. . . . Ferris brilliantly captures the fishbowl quality of contemporary office life." (The New Yorker)
"Not too many authors have written the Great American Office Novel. Joseph Heller did it in Something Happened (the one book of his to rival Catch-22). And Nicholson Baker pulled it off in zanily fastidious fashion in The Mezzanine. To their ranks should be added Joshua Ferris, whose THEN WE CAME TO THE END feels like a readymade classic of the genre. . . . A truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness." (Seattle Times Michael Upchurch) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book looks like it would be a fun read, while the book has funny moments, it is anything but a fun read. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2012 by LC
A book that is deeper, truer and more profound than I think it realises itself. The book shuffles between two modes: funny office humour, and scenes that may best be described as... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2008 by dannotstan
I picked this book up without ever having heard of it or the author before. It was actually the reviews that are plastered all over the book that caught my eye. Read morePublished on July 23 2008 by Lyra Tallis
I picked this up, thinking it was basically 'The Office' in book form.
Ultimately, you don't really care what happens to any of the characters and I... Read more