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Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt
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Apr 19, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: literature-fiction, owned-books
Read in November, 2011

Fed up with trying to sell vacuum cleaners in a dead-end district, Joe the salesman looks out at a bunch of herons and gets an epiphany. Thinking back on the vivid sexual fantasies he’s been having, he decides on a revolutionary idea for the workplace. His idea has far-reaching consequences and ramifications even he couldn’t have predicted.

This novel is filled with humorous and caustic notions of morality, sexuality, workplace ethics and a perceptive look at human nature that is unflinching, unsparing and, sometimes, downright unnerving. But it’s also refreshing in its bracing honesty and a really excellent primer on what makes a truly exceptional salesman. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to survive in the workplace, whether it be sales, law or anything, this book presents the facts, including one inescapable creed: You have to take people the way they are, not as you wish them to be.

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