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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
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May 04, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: humour, given-away
Recommended for: Employees facing layoffs
Read in September, 2008, read count: 1

This is a funny satire of the office environment during retrenchment (layoff) period. I would say that this is quite timely – having released a year or so prior to the on-going global recession. One message was very clearly conveyed by the author – there is always life after being laid off. The characters in the novel were human beings who have hopes and dreams for themselves and their families. Although the company was in marketing business, I could not help but relate some people in the company where I used to work with the characters in the novel. Some jokes are too American though and I did not find funny the character who wears several layers of free shirts in the office because he does not have somebody to wash his dirty laundry.
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