Joshua Ferris, “Then we came to the end”

“Then we came to the end” takes place in an advertising firm whose staffers are slowly losing it as the company tanks in the dot-com crash. There are so many story lines among the many employees that I can’t really tell you what it was about.

Published: 2007, 390 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 1.20.08
Date finished: 1.28.08
What I liked: I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book with first-person-plural narration. It was really the ideal way to convey the herd mentality that comes with working in an office. Ferris really captured the minutiae and the mundane things about working in an office.
What I didn’t like: I thought the early on ethnic descriptions of the employees was kind of clumsy. So and so is black, so and so is Jewish… so by default everyone else is anglo?
What I learned: “We” narration has its uses. Don’t take your job so seriously.

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