Genuinely funny novel about the world of work,
This review is from: Sorry - We're Going To Have To Let You Go (Paperback)I actually laughed out loud when reading this novel. The situations the writer describes are so true of the world of work today - from the croneyism and corruption, to the political correctness and pandering - that I think anyone can recognise various characters in it (and perhaps even themselves).
One reviewer complains that the characters are not original. Well, so what? Read ANY literary novel and, guess what - the characters have all been seen before: the wronged wife, the mystical child, the mid-life crisis man etc etc etc.
Characters in books are ALL archetypes and stereotypes, I would argue - which is why we recognise them and enjoy the situations they find themselves in.
So what if the main character is the typical 'loser' character - that is a British tradition, and includes Gulliver, Frank Spencer et al. Americans don't get this at all, of course - how a loser and an underdog can be a hero. Ah well...
The horrid and vile managerial class in the workplace is exposed in all its gory glory here - and it's all so true! Most people who work in institutions have experienced incompetent (and often very young) managers being parachuted into managerial roles, often through contacts and croneyism. Many people know just how AWFUL the world of work really is, especially is our Americanised target culture.
The story here and the characters are great. It's a REALLY enjoyable read. Won't win any literary prizes, but so what? It's one of the funniest novels I have read in the last decade.
I'd much rather read a book like this than most literary novels published today, with their complete lack of story, their utter lack of comedy or enjoyment, and pompous and pretentious post-modern tricksiness.
If you want to read a seriously funny book, then try this one. You'll definitely enjoy it. Five stars.