Friday, January 09, 2009
Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
The winner of a PEN/Hemingway prize in 2007, Then We Came To The End is a pretty good book, if a very quirky one. I enjoyed the book, which consists of a series of tenuously connected anecdotes about life as employees of an ad agency in Chicago during the early part of this decade. The anecdotes are told from the point of view of the employees, that's right, a rare book told in the first person plural voice. Many of the anecdotes are uproariously funny, but my overall impression of the book was mediocre. The author, Joshua Ferris, does eventually develop a plot, but for most of the book I couldn't really find it. The narration moves forward and backward in time and I got lost more than once. Given this criticism, I would still recommend the book to anyone looking for a good dose of office humor.