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Then We Came to the End: A Novel Hardcover – March 1, 2007
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I understand it, and people who hated it aren't wrong. I'd like to address these criticisms later, so please stick with me.
The positive reviews I've read about "Then We Came To The End" are mostly spot-on -- but without giving it away, they don't consistently convey WHY this amusing, touching and ultimately tender book soars - at least for me.
It's the ending.
The last 20 pages of Joshua Ferris's book twisted and turned me in every direction. But it's THE VERY LAST LINE -- (DON'T CHEAT) -- that catapulted me into the universe with the most glorious twist of all.
Many writers searching for something to leave behind that feels ironic or profound -- I'm sorry -- in my view, they just don't know how to end their books. I say this as a consumer who's a voracious reader. Their last pages feel quietly pretentious -- or a little too contemplative or optimistic. Even great literature - especially prize-winning literature - can be so tortuous in construction or over-reaching in their efforts to convey some grand message -- that they feel like work, with sentences so mind-numbing that you need a dictionary and a level of concentration akin to taking a bar exam.
"Then We Came To The End" may not be considered great literature, but it's euphoric. It's wonderful. It underscores that nebulous "thing" that makes the office dull and robotic -- but also vital and vibrant, essential to our lives. The book makes me question, admire and dismiss -- all at once -- why I put up with so much " s***," why I find great satisfaction in my work on one day and why I hate everything the next.Read more ›
As the 21st Century begins, the billings of the agency decline precipitously and being fired or fear of being fired soon becomes a dark undercurrent that runs through everything else that happens in offices and cubicles of the agency's creative staff. As the novel progresses one learns more and more about the quirks and mannerism these hapless folks. Their humanity becomes quite real. If the reader will allow it, you can find yourself actually caring about the individuals that the narrator tells you about. Those of us that are or were knowledge workers will have a haunting sense of familiarity about the people and situations described in this book.
Joshua Ferris has an ear for dialogue and an understanding of emotions that is quite impressive. This reviewer likes his style and the way he structured this novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Office Space and The Office, this is the perfect book for you. Same office dynamics, yet more in depth look at the corporate world and the life of the cubicle dwellers. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Martin Miliev
Slow to get into, but interesting and clever at parts. A good 3.5 stars. X x a b c dPublished 23 days ago by C. Schuster
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My goodness, this was like sharing an office with these folks for about a year. Or two. Really, a book 1/3 the length of this one could have achieved the same result. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cascadiana
I cannot write a review because it was a gift for a friend.
He said the book is excellent.
Read this over the Christmas break. It was very entertaining and would have been funnier if I wasn't currently living in a similar world.Published 7 months ago by A. Peltier
Of all of the workplace/economy/mid-life/middle-class-manners books I've read the past few years, this is by far my favorite. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pop Bop
Tedious and lacking any purpose. I was hoping for some revelation at the end as hinted in the book's title but this non-story just ended. Read morePublished 10 months ago by self