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Nny Amidst the boredom redundancies water cooler moments meetings flirtations and pure rage life is happening to their great surprise all around them Then We Came to the End is about sitting all morning next to someone you cross the road to avoid at lunch It's the story of your life and mine'Very funny intense and exhilarating For the first time in fiction it has truly captured the way we work' The Times'As dazzling as Franzen's The Corrections and as confident as Tartt's The Secret History Exceptional very funny' Daily Telegraph'Slick sophisticated an. Find all of my reviews at Stars You guys are sick in the head said Genevieve Prove it replied Tom First things first I would like everyone to notice that little sticker in the corner of the cover of this here novel indicating that it was a National Book Award Finalist proving that I is kind I is smart I is important Okay maybe not but Oh wait I spoke to soon I have no recollection of how Then We Came to the End wound up on my radar but I do remember that I reuested both library systems to buy the Kindle edition a waaaaaaaaaaay long time ago We re talking like two years When my wish was finally granted I woke up real early on Saturday morning made my cup of Starbucks Veranda Blend in the ol Keurig and prepared to commence some slothery in the doublewide reading chair And then for some reason I looked over at the bookshelves See that red arrow Yep I waited years to read a book I already owned You know what Jack Burton would say about that Probably something that would turn my yay me into So that s that Now on with the bookIf you ve never worked in a large office environment you may not be able to fully appreciate the near perfection which is Then We Came to the End But if you have you will recognize sooooooooo many of your current andor former co workers People like the guy who just got right sized out of his job and is taking the high road Or the guy who knows right sizing is just a fancy term for being laid offfired and isn t taking things so well Have y all seen Falling Down It s a pretty good unOr Karen Woo Or half of my co workers this guy Or me This was a read that was well worth the wait Written in a style that won t be everyone s cuppa of the we I m no English major so I m going to call it first person plural and hope that s close enough to correct that y all know what I mean the tales of pointless meetings pillaging the offices of the recently departed coffee bar gatherings and cubicle discussions were just like coming to the office for me Except I m not smart enough to have ever thought of pulling a Hank Neary Hank Neary was an avid reader He arrived early in his brown corduroy coat with a book taken from the library copied all its pages on the Xerox machine and sat at his desk reading what looked to passersby like the honest pages of business And I d get fired if I ever said what I really think like some of these guys do What are you doing right now Well unlike some people I m trying to get some work done Some people actually generate revenue around here you handjob Instead on bad days I passive aggressively sip out of my favorite Office Space mug in hopes that my co workers will get the point that I m this close to pulling a Milton And make all important decisions using my Jump To Conclusions mat Literally the only thing that kept me from calling in sick today was the fact that we get free lunch for March Madness kickoff God help everyone if there isn t cake The Fatima Century redundancies water cooler moments meetings flirtations and pure Leah Starrs Revenge rage life is happening to their great surprise all around them Then We Came to the End is about sitting all morning next to someone you cross the Pieces 8 (Pieces, road to avoid at lunch It's the story of your life and mine'Very funny intense and exhilarating For the first time in fiction it has truly captured the way we work' The Times'As dazzling as Franzen's The Corrections and as confident as Tartt's The Secret History Exceptional very funny' Daily Telegraph'Slick sophisticated an. Find all of my Time Flies and Other Short Plays reviews at Stars You guys are sick in the head said Genevieve Prove it Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) recollection of how Then We Came to the End wound up on my Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra radar but I do Chinas Son remember that I Welcome to the Desert of the Real reuested both library systems to buy the Kindle edition a waaaaaaaaaaay long time ago We Dead End Bluff re talking like two years When my wish was finally granted I woke up King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers real early on Saturday morning made my cup of Starbucks Veranda Blend in the ol Keurig and prepared to commence some slothery in the doublewide Factory of Death reason I looked over at the bookshelves See that Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, red arrow Yep I waited years to Rapid Math Without A Calculator read a book I already owned You know what Jack Burton would say about that Probably something that would turn my yay me into So that s that Now on with the bookIf you ve never worked in a large office environment you may not be able to fully appreciate the near perfection which is Then We Came to the End But if you have you will Almost Late for School recognize sooooooooo many of your current andor former co workers People like the guy who just got Seduced by My Doms (The Doms of Genesis, right sized out of his job and is taking the high The Certainty of Violet and Luke (Volume 5) road Or the guy who knows Kane Richards Must Die right sizing is just a fancy term for being laid offfired and isn t taking things so well Have y all seen Falling Down It s a pretty good unOr Karen Woo Or half of my co workers this guy Or me This was a Astaroth et Bernadette read that was well worth the wait Written in a style that won t be everyone s cuppa of the we I m no English major so I m going to call it first person plural and hope that s close enough to correct that y all know what I mean the tales of pointless meetings pillaging the offices of the M-am săturat să fiu prost recently departed coffee bar gatherings and cubicle discussions were just like coming to the office for me Except I m not smart enough to have ever thought of pulling a Hank Neary Hank Neary was an avid Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, reader He arrived early in his brown corduroy coat with a book taken from the library copied all its pages on the Xerox machine and sat at his desk The Art of DOOM: Eternal reading what looked to passersby like the honest pages of business And I d get fired if I ever said what I The Protestant Temperament really think like some of these guys do What are you doing Some Kind of Wonderful right now Well unlike some people I m trying to get some work done Some people actually generate Cabin 28 revenue around here you handjob Instead on bad days I passive aggressively sip out of my favorite Office Space mug in hopes that my co workers will get the point that I m this close to pulling a Milton And make all important decisions using my Jump To Conclusions mat Literally the only thing that kept me from calling in sick today was the fact that we get free lunch for March Madness kickoff God help everyone if there isn t cake

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D very funny Ferris's cracking debut has modern Everyman fighting for his identity in an increasingly impersonal world' Daily MailJoshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974 He is the author of Then We Came to the End 2007 which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the highly acclaimed The Unnamed In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious '20 under 40' list To Rise Again at a Decent Hour was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014 He lives in New Yo. Sorry haters Review to come possibly as soon as I reclaim my chair my legitimate chairUpdate So yeah this is a home run Deserving of every inch of its hype It s too bad however that so much of the buzz focused on comparisons to The Office and Office Space nothing against those fine entertainments and the workplace drone genre of humor Because this book kind of is part of that on a surface level but it s so much so much expansive humane ambitious detailed and moving It hits my sweet spot of funny sad I love the funny sad but I see it done badly so often so often the funny s not that funny and the sad is too mawkish But Ferris nails the perfect balance much like George Saunders and Wes Anderson and They Might Be Giants all established masters of funny sad except that Ferris nailed it right out of the gate Hard to believe this is his first novel harder still to believe he ll ever top it As a workplace comedy it s terrific deftly mixing Mike Judge y observations with gentle forays into absurdism in one memorable rant a character keeps referring to bookshelves as buckshelves it doesn t sound funny out of context but trust me And the royal we narration is not gimmicky or distracting The novel works basically like third person omniscient except that the we flourishes allow Ferris to portray his fractured community as a hive mind entity And the narration has a hell of a payoff in the book s final sentence But it becomes than a workplace comedy it becomes if you will a moral comedy not just about it what it means to be a white collar worker but about it what it means to be fucking humanEarly on in the book the narrators mention that when you start a new job you can t distinguish all your co workers at first it s a haze of faces and names until they gradually start coming together and a clearer picture of the community forms Well whaddayaknow that s exactly how the Ferris s characterization works in the novel There are so many characters at first that they are a blur we can t differentiate or keep track of them until Ferris goes in for close ups and we start to figure everybody out Joe Pope is maybe the best example of this the mid level guy who s above the cubicle drones but below the partners He exists apart from the community viewed as an inscrutable cipher and possibly an elitist by the group and thus by us until an incredible two hander scene that introduces a kind of moral suspense as to whether or not Joe will do a certain thing Or there s the dazzling set piece in the middle of the book in which Ferris departs from the royal we to do a traditional third person chapter on the boss Lynn Mason and how she spends her last night before taking an important step Finding the humanity within the hive mind for both the author and the characters is a big part of this book s projectYou don t need to have logged time in the white collar salt mines for this book to work on you because it s really about communities and group dynamics how they elevate us and fail us as individuals Hell lemme lay my cards on the table I m unemployed a year out of college with no idea what to do with my life and yet rather than being foreign to me this book was even poignant because it reminded me of what I don t have for better and worse Sure I ve had summer jobs and temp gigs and internships in office environments but the kind of really intense community that Ferris writes about isn t something I ve ever really experienced and despite all the undesirable aspects of office life in the book that made me sad This isn t an anti office screed like Office Space I think it s actually filled with love for the workplace not for the corporate agendas or nitty gritty tasks but for the communities sorry to overuse this word that it creates and destroys at will And I will say without spoiling anything that it builds up to an ending that is sublimely beautifully ambiguous the only other ending in its league is Richard Linklater s Before Sunset You re gonna miss that plane Great art folks Bravo Earthfall (Homecoming, reclaim my chair my legitimate chairUpdate So yeah this is a home A Daddy for Christmas run Deserving of every inch of its hype It s too bad however that so much of the buzz focused on comparisons to The Office and Office Space nothing against those fine entertainments and the workplace drone genre of humor Because this book kind of is part of that on a surface level but it s so much so much expansive humane ambitious detailed and moving It hits my sweet spot of funny sad I love the funny sad but I see it done badly so often so often the funny s not that funny and the sad is too mawkish But Ferris nails the perfect balance much like George Saunders and Wes Anderson and They Might Be Giants all established masters of funny sad except that Ferris nailed it Banned in Britain right out of the gate Hard to believe this is his first novel harder still to believe he ll ever top it As a workplace comedy it s terrific deftly mixing Mike Judge y observations with gentle forays into absurdism in one memorable Hour of the Beast rant a character keeps Dictionary Of Dreams referring to bookshelves as buckshelves it doesn t sound funny out of context but trust me And the The Love of a Latino royal we narration is not gimmicky or distracting The novel works basically like third person omniscient except that the we flourishes allow Ferris to portray his fractured community as a hive mind entity And the narration has a hell of a payoff in the book s final sentence But it becomes than a workplace comedy it becomes if you will a moral comedy not just about it what it means to be a white collar worker but about it what it means to be fucking humanEarly on in the book the narrators mention that when you start a new job you can t distinguish all your co workers at first it s a haze of faces and names until they gradually start coming together and a clearer picture of the community forms Well whaddayaknow that s exactly how the Ferris s characterization works in the novel There are so many characters at first that they are a blur we can t differentiate or keep track of them until Ferris goes in for close ups and we start to figure everybody out Joe Pope is maybe the best example of this the mid level guy who s above the cubicle drones but below the partners He exists apart from the community viewed as an inscrutable cipher and possibly an elitist by the group and thus by us until an incredible two hander scene that introduces a kind of moral suspense as to whether or not Joe will do a certain thing Or there s the dazzling set piece in the middle of the book in which Ferris departs from the Other Days, Other Eyes royal we to do a traditional third person chapter on the boss Lynn Mason and how she spends her last night before taking an important step Finding the humanity within the hive mind for both the author and the characters is a big part of this book s projectYou don t need to have logged time in the white collar salt mines for this book to work on you because it s Deception Island really about communities and group dynamics how they elevate us and fail us as individuals Hell lemme lay my cards on the table I m unemployed a year out of college with no idea what to do with my life and yet The Family rather than being foreign to me this book was even poignant because it The First Partition of Poland reminded me of what I don t have for better and worse Sure I ve had summer jobs and temp gigs and internships in office environments but the kind of The Hero of Varay really intense community that Ferris writes about isn t something I ve ever Palestrina and Other Plays really experienced and despite all the undesirable aspects of office life in the book that made me sad This isn t an anti office screed like Office Space I think it s actually filled with love for the workplace not for the corporate agendas or nitty gritty tasks but for the communities sorry to overuse this word that it creates and destroys at will And I will say without spoiling anything that it builds up to an ending that is sublimely beautifully ambiguous the only other ending in its league is Richard Linklater s Before Sunset You Blackmailed By Daddy re gonna miss that plane Great art folks Bravo

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Joshua Ferris's Then We Came to the End is one of the most acutely observed dazzling American debuts of recent yearsThey spend their days and too many of their nights at work Away from friends and family they share a stretch of stained carpet with a group of strangers they call colleaguesThere's Chris Yop clinging to his ergonomic chair; Lynn Mason the boss whose breast cancer everyone pretends not to talk about; Carl Garbedian secretly taking someone else's medication; Marcia Dwyer whose hair is stuck in the eighties; and Benny who's just well just Be. OK I picked up this book because I had read several good reviews of it And it sounded interesting I work in an office This book takes place in an office I love the TV show The Office Some readers of this book compared the twoThen I read the book And hated every minute of it I finished it because I was determined to see why this author got such rave reviews on this his first novel Were people reading the same book I was It wasn t funny It was tedious Maybe that s the point to help portray the tedium of working in that office with those people It absolutely drove me up a wall that most of the characters are mentioned by their first and last names throughout the entire book The ENTIRE BOOK of Joe Pope this Hank Neary Chris Yop that I also really hated the author s use of the first person plural Characters don t do things you the reader and the characters do We went to talk to Joe Pope We went to the coffee bar We wondered who would walk Spanish next I didn t want to be grouped with those characters because I didn t like them I felt nothing for them no compassion no comradery nothing And the use of the pronoun we made me crazy Who is the narrator of this book Whose story am I reading Is it my own This book goes on about the tedious intricacies of day to day stuff and these characters I didn t even want to know better way too long Then all of the sudden much time has passed and they re reunited and I the reader am supposed to care I didn t And then there s the last line of the book when the narrator intimates that the only ones left are you and me I would have thrown that book down right then and stomped on it if it hadn t been a library book Palestrina and Other Plays recent yearsThey spend their days and too many of their nights at work Away from friends and family they share a stretch of stained carpet with a group of strangers they call colleaguesThere's Chris Yop clinging to his ergonomic chair; Lynn Mason the boss whose breast cancer everyone pretends not to talk about; Carl Garbedian secretly taking someone else's medication; Marcia Dwyer whose hair is stuck in the eighties; and Benny who's just well just Be. OK I picked up this book because I had Blackmailed By Daddy read several good उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] reviews of it And it sounded interesting I work in an office This book takes place in an office I love the TV show The Office Some Cock Tales readers of this book compared the twoThen I Son of the Hero read the book And hated every minute of it I finished it because I was determined to see why this author got such The Alien Jigsaw rave Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning reviews on this his first novel Were people The Illusion of Gods Presence reading the same book I was It wasn t funny It was tedious Maybe that s the point to help portray the tedium of working in that office with those people It absolutely drove me up a wall that most of the characters are mentioned by their first and last names throughout the entire book The ENTIRE BOOK of Joe Pope this Hank Neary Chris Yop that I also Folk Tales From The Soviet Union really hated the author s use of the first person plural Characters don t do things you the Not The Hot Chick reader and the characters do We went to talk to Joe Pope We went to the coffee bar We wondered who would walk Spanish next I didn t want to be grouped with those characters because I didn t like them I felt nothing for them no compassion no comradery nothing And the use of the pronoun we made me crazy Who is the narrator of this book Whose story am I Pegged and Plugged at the Club reading Is it my own This book goes on about the tedious intricacies of day to day stuff and these characters I didn t even want to know better way too long Then all of the sudden much time has passed and they Tunnel Through Time re Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 reunited and I the Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 reader am supposed to care I didn t And then there s the last line of the book when the narrator intimates that the only ones left are you and me I would have thrown that book down Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 right then and stomped on it if it hadn t been a library book


10 thoughts on “Then We Came to the End

  1. says:

    Because so many of the GoodReads folks are participants or graduates of MFA programs and because Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris is so

  2. says:

    It's funny how certain books just come along at exactly the right time in your life I read ' Franny Zooey' when I was right out of col

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    OK I picked up this book because I had read several good reviews of it And it sounded interesting I work in an office This book takes place in an office I love the TV show The Office Some readers of this book compared the twoThen I read the book And hated every minute of it I finished it because I was determined to see why this author got such rave reviews on this his first novel Were people reading the same book I wa

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    “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things Isn’t that kind of the point?” Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert in the series finale of The Office Unlike the characters in the novels we read most of us will not be tasked with catching a serial killer surviving a zombie apocalypse or otherwise saving the world Most of us have work

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    Find all of my reviews at Stars “You guys are sick in the head” said Genevieve “Prove it” replied Tom Fi

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    I LIKED1 How funny it was; 2 The first person plural voice which could have backfired but didn't for me; 3 The guy who uotes Emerson it was around here that I started to feel actual warmth for the characters even when I couldn't keep them straight; 4 The Catch 22ishness though it wasn't slavishly Catch 22esue w

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    Sorry haters Review to come possibly as soon as I reclaim my chair my legitimate chairUpdate So yeah this is a home run Deserving of

  8. says:

    I was tempted to write this review in the plural first person so that you all would be impressed with how clever I am but fuck it I ha

  9. says:

    I had a love hate relationship with this book We got off on the wrong foot to start since the blurbs had led me to expect the read to be a laugh filled riot It does have its funny moments but the overall tone was much despairing than one would expect from its copy In addition the large cast of characters and first person plural narration left me grasping for someone to relate to I kept reading mainly because I

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    There are some things in these pages that l can’t understand You see I have never worked my entire life I mean like any kind of paid work never silch suat nada zero nope And when I really think about it I think I don’t want to do any kind of work Sitting in an office doing stuff? Manual labor? Wall Street? Science shit? President ing? The heck is that about? I dunno seems like shit But then you begin to think about the money A

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