Then We Came to the End

I loved Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris.

The whole book is written in the plural first person.

This is how we are introduced to the characters:

We were fractious and overpaid. Our mornings lacked promise. At least those of us who smoked had something to look forward to at ten-fifteen. Most of us liked most everyone, a few of us hated specific individuals, one or two people loved everyone one and everything. Those who loved everyone were unanimously reviled.

About creativity in the workplace:

We worked in the creative department developing ads and we considered our ad work creative, but it wasn’t half as creative as the work we’d put in to pad our time sheets every Monday morning since layoffs began.

This amazingly depicts office work at any work place to a T:

The bizarre and wonderful and horrible thing about working here is that we find ourselves all caught up in it so that the rest of the world loses its meaning. The connections we make here take on the strange intensity of playground rivalries and cruelties and ecstasies and revelries. Our world could easily be mistaken for the world that the rest of you inhabit, but we feel our losses more acutely and our joys more profoundly by virtue of sharing them with the rest of us here and only here

Funny, witty and so sadly summarizes office/cubicle life and how pathetic we ( 9-5 zombies) are.

Although the book is funny it makes you uncomfortable sometimes,  sad other times but as a whole a good read.

Fun read. I give it the 2 thumbs up.

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