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Selling Ben Cheever: Back to Square One in a Service Economy

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Ben Cheever's hilarious and profound odyssey through the want-ad world.

In 1995, America was in the throes of downsizing-fever. Many thousands then, as now, were losing their jobs to the corporate demand of more money for the top, by tightening the belt below. Unable to sell his latest novel, Ben Cheever started to think about what employment opportunities were out there. M
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Hardcover, 395 pages
Published October 12th 2001 by Bloomsbury USA
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William
Dec 20, 2008 William rated it really liked it
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I have misgivings about rating this book so highly -- it is full of odd digressions and repetitions, and it often lacks transitions between episodes (i.e., jobs). In addition, the descriptions of some of the jobs Cheever takes makes the book feel every year its age (such as promoting the Mac Performa, selling Pontiac Firebirds, etc.). However, Cheever truly explores how it feels to work in the service industry, and his observations ring true for anyone who has ever held this type of job. And one ...more
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Feb 20, 2013 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
Been Cheever had written three books, and none had gotten published. His economic security provided by his gainfully employed wife, he took a series of low paid, generic jobs in suburban New York. He was a clerk a Borders, did a stint as a security guard, sold computers, made sandwiches, and sold Oldsmobiles. Cheever is an astute observer of his fellow human beings, and the book is pretty funny, to boot.
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Oct 14, 2007 Kristina rated it it was amazing
This is one of the funniest books ever written about the blue collar rat race. A must read for anyone who makes little or no money in the service industry. Wait...does that include teachers?
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