Carla Browne-1/5/00, 3:05 pm
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Set in a London ad agency desperate to land a coveted big account, e follows the bureaucratic bunglin...more
Okay so here is the thing about this book, there is nothing truly outstanding about it. I mean is there ever in a british novel. No not really. Not to say I don't love them, as Karen knows I commonly buy a book solely because it says the author is british and the queen m ...more
The above was written in 2007. Every couple of years, I pick this one back up when I'm in need of a boost. This week I needed some serious laughs, so I decided to dive back into this hilarious story. It never, ever gets old for me, no matter how many times I've read it. Be ...more
A: The sequel of “e – A Novel” (i.e. “E²”) is better.
Ok, the book is still funny, the characters are dumb, ridiculous schemers, and the bosses are self-righteous arseholes.
Very entertaining, and very hard to put down. The book mostly consists of e-mails, sms’ and private messages so you have to reconstruct the stories behind all these messages. Confusing in the beginning but it doesn’t take too long to recognize the voices and t ...more
Initially the e-mails are difficult to sort through because it takes a while to organize the characters, the character voices, and their motivations. I drew up a tiny character chart that helps keep things in order. (See below) Once you do organize the characters their e-mails are easy to read and you zip through them, hurriedly flipping pages uncov ...more
Oh, well, I will probably look up the sequel to see if it's as much fun. Very much schadenfreude -- thank God no one ...more
Because of the way that it's written, you don't really get to know any one particular character. As such, it's difficult to get really "involved" in the book. However ...more
There were many individuals represented, and Beaumont kept them separate and interesting. Email has changed how we conduct our lives and business. I think today many of these messages would be sent via text, so they would be a little more private, but not nearly as much fun.
It was amusing at first, but it lost me when the guys took off for the island commercial shoot. Nothing about that escapade was really funny.
I could see so many of my office peers depicted in the description of some of the characters in this book (just like in the TV show "the office"). Makes you laugh even harder when you can relate an absolutely horrible character to a person you know, and the author helps you make that transition.
Highly recommended (not so much the second book)
“E” fol ...more
Set in early 2000, the story follows Miller-Shanks advertising employees a few days after they jump into the new year. They've been called back to work because there is a big pitch for them to nail and their London CEO demands perfection if it must come with blood, sweat, and tears. What follows is outrageous ac ...more
The book was written in 2000 so it is a little outdated, but it still manages to capture what it is like working at an advertising agency. The book is written in email correspondence amongst the worker at a fictional agency. When I just started reading, it took awhile ...more
cc: Matt Beaumont (matt_beaumont@___.com)
(I was going to put a Twitter Symbol "mail” on the very top, not a “?”, but it won’t let me. You CAN put the symbol “mail” on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and basically anything else, so WHY can’t you put a symbol “mail” on THIS form? I don’t no.)
I was going to write something like,
"A fast-paced, wickedly funny tale of office back-stabbing and corporate intrigue that unfolds in a succession of escalat ...more
The first time of reading (when I was still working in an office), it was hilarious, tears rolling down face type of funny! Now, semi-retired, it's funny but not that "stop, stop, I can't take any more" type of laughter.
Very cleverly written (and with husband working in design agency I can see the parallels).... thoroughly enjoyable. I believe there's a follow up book - will have to try and find a copy of that.
Despite being nearly twenty years old it did not feel excessively dated.
A nice little break from more serious fodder.