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The most beautiful and moving novel you will ever read about public sector accountants,
This review is from: The Pale King (Paperback)
It has to be acknowledged that this book isn't for everyone. Based on an incomplete manuscript, the book is really a series of beginnings, character backstories and sketches of office life and routines. There are also lengthy digressions about taxation and IRS bureaucracy that some might find tedious. However, what makes this a book of genius is the way that these tedious details illustrate the novel's theme, which is how individuals cope with the boredom which is a part of most office jobs, and how individuals relate to the corporations/bureaucracies that shape their lives.
While there are some flaws that are a result of the novel's incomplete state, the quality of the writing invites comparison with Pynchon and Joyce, and if taken as a series of loosely related short stories, is one of the greatest books I have read.