Friday, May 09, 2008

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris .

I have just finished reading Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. It was published in paperback in 2008 and was featured as one of the books in this year's Richard & Judy Book Club . The book is set in an advertising agency in Chicago around 2001. It details the office politics, banter, gossip and pranks that take place during a time when this advertising agency is laying off it's staff. The last chapter jumps forward to the year 2006 to describe how the characters have moved on in those 5 years.

I was disappointed by this book, I paid £8 for it, so I read it to the end. Had this book been passed on to me for free I would have abandoned it after just 15 minutes. I thought it was poor, very bland and it had no depth. The dialogue was very childish, done in the style of Vicky Pollard, one of the Little Britain characters . The plot was weak and shallow, told in a long winded and tedious fashion. This book is a lightweight. I was looking for a witty workplace drama along the lines of the excellent TV programme Moving Wallpaper but this book failed my hopes for an entertaining read, big time.

I would not recommend this book to anyone or read another book written by Joshua Ferris. This book should never have been chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
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