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Fish Sunday Thinking [Paperback]

Alex Gilmore
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14 July 2005
You are in a job you do not enjoy. You are surrounded by colleagues you do not respect. You feel you can do better. Your life feels directionless. You feel trapped. You drink to take your mind off it all. You dread Mondays. You hate your alarm clock with a passion. You worship Friday afternoons. You cherish the weekend. You loathe the inevitability of ironing, always ironing. You assess where you are going on every Sunday. You know you're not the big fish. You wonder if you ever want to be. You are stuck on repeat. You are in an endless cycle of working, drinking and making coffee. You want a way out. You want to escape this way of thinking. You want to enjoy life, all the time. You want fulfilment. You want freedom. You want to read this book. In a large London law firm, trainee solicitor Denton Voyle contemplates why he is pursuing a career in law. Every Sunday afternoon, with nothing better to look forward to than the ironing, he questions his miserable, listless, alcohol fuelled existence and wonders if the pursuit of being the big fish could ever really satisfy him. He soon finds he is not alone and sets out to escape his fish Sunday thinking.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: arima publishing (14 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845490312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845490317
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll never get those hours back! 24 July 2008
I've never written a book review on Amazon before but I feel compelled to do so now - if only to save you from the same fate of wasted hours and dissappointed groans as regularly as the clumsily delivered cliches you'll stumble across in this book.

The theory is fine: young guy being brow beaten in a dead end job, drinking his world away and dreading the inevitable return to work post Sunday. The story is tediously written. The prose is clunky, conversations are written out as you might write a memo to the CEO: superflous words beefing up an otherwise boring story that you'll find yourself skipping past just to speed things up. Good effort on the part of Alex Gilmore though in managing to write entire chapters of conversations without a single apostrope: every word stretched out on the page and not a single contracted word in sight. It's like reading my 7 year old nephew's English homework: "No, it is not and I do not believe for a second that we can not do this. We are all in this together!" yelled Randall. Find me one person in the word who yells like that without a "don't, can't, we're" and I'll show you an asbergers Rainman.

Every mundane moment of the characters life is attempted to be livened up by unrelated and tenuous analogies and metaphores. It just drags the story out to 348 pages of tripe.

If you're going to read this book I'd suggest you skip straight to page 247 because that's when something actually happens. I know this because I was so gobsmacked when I read it that I had to dog ear the page to tell someone that this might just finally pay off. It didn't.

Good luck wading through this literary treacle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time 6 Aug 2008
This book was very hard work - it is 3 times as long as it needs to be. The basic thesis is ok but it is clumsily written and the jokes are totally over worked and flogged to death. Don't waste your life - the chances are that if you work full time you'll probably only read a few hundred, maybe a thousand books in your adult life. I wouldn't make this one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull dull dull 30 Dec 2013
By idwod
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It's amazing how working in the firm was so much more interesting. This is overhyped and shows what a dull life trainee solicitors really live.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 12 Jan 2012
This book is beyond poor. It is terribly written both grammatically and in the substance of its plot.

Avoid at all costs! What a waste of time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, very dull.... 22 Aug 2008
I had high hopes for this as I know the author but I was really let down!! It's hard work to start with because nothing really happens except a load of moaning about how tough it is being a trainee lawyer (it is a pain at times, I've done it myself). Absent of a plot I struggled on but by the end I was relieved I had finished! All in all, a boring read....
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather jam my head in the photocopier 16 Mar 2006
This was the most tiresome book I've read in a while. It seemed to consist of tired unoriginal cliches about work and some bravado about drinking and hangovers. Also there were some laughably brazen references to bars in Shoreditch to make it seem of the moment.
Much a like a day in the office - this was way too long as well.
In summary - I'd rather go to work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An alright read... 24 Aug 2006
If you can get by the confusion of trying to work out whether Alex Gilmore is writing as Denton or as a third person, if you can get past the winging and moaning of the first few chapters,he attempts to be witty, but imagine the nerdy guy at uni who always thought he was funny with his dry "humour" (and it gets repetitive), and if you can get past the descriptions of his hangovers which are really nausea inducing, then this is probably a good read for you.

I think it's a good description of how many 20 and 30 something's career hopes and the reality of working life leaves them questioning what's important and re-evaluating their priorities. The actual story which it kind of "builds up" to, is an alright one, nothing too exciting, the climax, isn't one at all, and the ending is alright - there's no imagination to be found there really, but the characters are fantastic - including Happy the suicidal fish, and it is a good "commute to work" read.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Office Life 6 Sep 2005
By A Customer
This book very accurately covers that 'life's a routine' phase that every office worker hits at some point (normally in their 30's). This is the perfect brother of a book to 'You Are Here (Steve Horsfall), encapsulating that moment when we wonder where life is taking us. Set in a London Law firm but it could be anywhere and any profession (it's a world away from John Grisham). Loved the relaying of a drinking and girl chasing existance. The writing is fresh and quirky too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read this book if you're a trainee!
As a trainee solicitor at a large firm myself I thought I would quite enjoy this book. I didn't just quite enjoy it I absolutely loved it! Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by young lawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Book about Office Life
The first part of this book was a very amusing tale of life as a trainee professional and although geared towards the legal profession the humour translates to the profession I am... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2007 by A. J. Rabet
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny account of the (sur)real world of law
Having been an associate in Brussels, I can relate to the book. I liked it, although it is written in poor English (can someone explain to Mr Gilmore when to use apostrophes in... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2006 by Bart
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy holiday read
Found this in a bookshop and liked the cover, so bought it. It was a bit slow at first but once i got into it i really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2006 by P. Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so familiar!
I loved this. A spot on portrayal of a world that so many of us exist in. It is very humurous and the characters are great, (yet very familiar); does anyone have Delia's phone... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2005 by jonathan prentice
3.0 out of 5 stars Fish Sunday Thinking
The book makes interesting reading, however, the font is so tiny it was a struggle to read it. So if you are short-sighted like I am do not bother with it. Save your eyesight.
Published on 17 Oct 2005 by "busybusymama"
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