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The Pinstriped Prison

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Why is that so many of the smartest people in Australia get to their 30s and realise that doing everything "right" has made for an existence they never really wanted? How is that so many of our best and brightest get sucked into being corporate lawyers and management consultants and living lives of quiet desperation?

The Pinstriped Prison is a funny, frightening look at ho
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Picador Australia
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I think this book should be required reading for all university students! Pryor outlines the recruitment techniques of some of the high flying industries, law, management consulting and investment banking, and discusses why so many high achieving students end up working in jobs the don't like, for reasons they're unsure of, and feeling unable to leave.
Alexandra Momčilović
Although I related to some of the things the author wrote about, most of the book just felt like listening to a friend whinge, and whinge, and whinge some more. I just wanted to sit the author down and say, "We get it - you hate big corporate law firms, banks, and management consulting firms. WE GET IT" Not being an overachieving Anglo-Saxon private school kid from a wealthy family, I couldn't really appreciate the authors comments about this demographic being tricked into joining big firms eith ...more
This is an incredibly one-sided point of view, but it does its job very well in expressing the negativities of corporate life, particularly for management consulting and law. As someone thinking about the future, I found that this book offered a completely different viewpoint to what I was hearing from current lawyers, and the semi-fresh perspective is definitely absorbing to read about. The writing style flows very easily, although the content is very repetitive - the book could have half the n ...more
Heather Browning
I loved it! It was funny and easy to read, while still putting across an important message.

Although I know it was the opposite of the intended effect, at points during the book I found myself feeling jealous of the described high achievers, wishing that I could be that successful, so openly acknowledged as elite.

Most of the time I felt proud of my current position, as though I have reached this point through my individual strength of will and rebellion against the corporate system, rather than
This is an interesting polemic about how corporate culture is draining intellectual resources from lesser paying sectors, such as research and welfare, that could use the mindpower and creativity of the Australian young minds. I think she's too close to her subject, which both helps (she's had firsthand experience of what she's writing about) and detracts (she's got an obvious and admitted chip on her shoulder about private schools and corporate culture and the interrelation thereof).
Mood while reading: self-indulgent

Like listening to someone I know breathlessly gossiping about what so-and-so overheard from the company Christmas party
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