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Work: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Work: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Stephen Fineman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, 2 Jan 2013
I do love the VSI series. I am always amazed at how such broad subjects can be covered in such tiny books. Also (and 'Work' is an excellent example of this), seemingly dry subjects become uniquely fascinating in this distilled format.

Throughout 'Work', the points are robustly but succinctly made with lucid prose, compelling statistics and revealing anecdotal asides. I particularly enjoyed the sections on 'presenteeism' and 'tweeting while you work' which were surprisingly timely and relevant to me. Recommended (whether you work or you don't!)
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by Curtis Sittenfeld
Edition: Paperback

10 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dispiriting, nauseating and wholely unbelievable, 4 Dec 2006
This review is from: Prep (Paperback)
I've never read a book so painfully dispiriting as this. Lee Fiora, our young protagonist, is a irredeemably frustrating character. To call her 'shy', 'reflective' or 'reclusive' would be accurate, but would miss the point. Lee's character is as engaging as a turnip. In an attempt to make her seem average and everyday, one of the people, Sittenfield has created a monster of dullness who's thoughts, actions and feelings are a series of pathetic, soul-destroying cliches. The whole novel is written in a dreary sentimental style where the end of each paragraph or chapter is a short tearful rumination of the ongoing events, or a maudlin reflection from the narrator's future self. Perhaps, in conclusion, this book is an accurate representation of life, an accute portrayal of lifeless people. Who, I ask, would want to read that? Please, don't encourage this kind of fiction.
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