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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've ever had an office job..., 7 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Then We Came to the End: A Novel (Paperback)
Wow. This wonderful novel provoked a kind of wry, painful joy in me. Excruciatingly close to the bone, it's the funniest book I've read all year, without question. But it's full of heart and humanity, too. We really end up caring about and believing in these people; the fact that they're a bickering and petty bunch of semi- or complete losers at a failing ad agency is what makes them feel so real.

Ferris is a master of 'nothing-dialogue' ('what's with the switcheroo?') and he has the jargon of the American office nailed. There's a huge cast of characters, and it's an ensemble piece, marked by the daring and original use of the first person plural as the narrative voice. It's so rarely done - in fact the only other example I can think of is Jeffrey Eugenedes' brilliant The Virgin Suicides - and this exciting author pulls it off with huge aplomb. Hurry up and write another one, Ferris.
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