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Then We Came to the End

July 28, 2008

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris is the story of the employees in an advertising agency and how they interact on a daily basis. You learn who’s having marital problems, who’s the office gossip, who’s having an affair, who’s aloof, who’s the slacker, etc. Almost all of the story is set in the office, so you don’t learn much about anyone’s personal life. The agency starts losing clients and cuts have to be made. As much as they hate to admit it, everyone is relieved when someone else is let go. Things don’t get better, and, eventually they all finds themselves without a job.

The end of the book takes place five years later and everyone has moved on with their lives. One of the employees has written a book and invites everyone to a book reading. They reflect that

Some people would never forget certain people, a few people would remember everyone, and most of us would mostly be forgotten. Sometimes it was for the best.

Then We Came to the End is told in the first person plural, which I found a little distracting to start with. I wanted to know who the narrator was, but it’s never revealed in the book. At times this book reminded me of the movie Office Space. I found this book entertaining, but not hilarious, as critics have hailed it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kegsoccer permalink
    July 28, 2008 1:21 pm

    Hi! I’ve added you to my Librarything bloggers page 🙂 I’ll stop by to have a look around when I have some free time!

  2. readerville permalink
    July 28, 2008 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been seeing this one around the store and have been on the fence about reading it…think it’s probably a ‘no’ for now.

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