Then We Came to the End: A Novel Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
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."―Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this because as things happened in the book, I could formulate my own opinions and or reactions as a character as well!
The book isn't the laugh out loud, hilarious story that I thought it would be, but it was more of a look at daily life with a twist of dark humour, rediculousness, and even the odd bit of offensiveness that had me dropping my jaw wondering how grown adults could get away with in a job setting.
In amongst the drama and gossip, there is a true heart with true feeling. A heart that tells the story of a woman so terrified of hospitals and doctors that she puts off going to get a lump in her breast checked out. A true fear in the office workers as layoffs start and people worry about how to pay their bills. These are real life worries and fears and strike a chord in the reader.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it, althought it may not be for all who may be easily offended.
It is funny, but it is ultimate a very moving story about the human condition. As pretensious as this sounds, the use of the first person plural effectively reflects the universality of the hopes and fears experienced by the characters. Approach it as a fable, and you won't go wrong.
The departure from the first person plural late in the book is a masterstroke, and makes the plight of the character who is the subject of that part more personal and "real" by comparison.
The book is too long, and I was grinding along to finsh it because I had admired so much of what Ferris accomplished earlier in the book; however, I found myself surprisngly moved by the ending, despite the fact that it is relatively verb-free.
Not for everyone, but if you think you might like this book, and if you manage your expectations, I suspect you will enjoy it.
This story is about the personalities and altered environment of an office that is closing as the people are layed off. I loved the book, but my friend did not so it depends how you take it. I thought it was exaggerated of course to add humour (tongue in cheek) but reveals all the different characters in your work space that come to light when something like this happens. Like THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET old Twilight Zone episode (my favourite) we all change under adversity.
Pretty cheap if you buy it used and worth a read -then pass it on.
Ultimately, you don't really care what happens to any of the characters and I don't think it really rings true to what it's like working in an office. There were none of those moments where you chuckle to yourself and think, 'Yeah. I've thought that before, too.'
Don't get me wrong: it's perfectly readable, but it's not a page-turner and it's not particularly funny. I felt like this book was overrated.
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