Then We Came to the End

Then We Came to the End

by Joshua Ferris
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Then We Came to the End 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
LonestarRx More than 1 year ago
This book won all kinds of awards, and deservedly so. You'll want to give it to everyone you know who works in an office. Daring to write in the second person (we), Ferris paints a nuanced portrait of a large cast of characters working in an ad agency at the moment the layoffs begin. The novel begins like this: "We were fractious and overpaid. Our mornings lacked promise. At least those of us who smoked had something to look forward to at ten-fifteen. Most of us liked most everyone, a few of us hated specific individuals. ... " Either he's got you from the get-go, or this isn't the novel for you. Over the course of the book, we meet a range of characters with very real problems (one has breast cancer; one has a big inferiority complex; one has lost her daughter; etc.) and the mood deepens; but nearly all of the action of the book is filtered through the unwavering voice of the "we," that bizarre nameless mob made real by pitch-perfect details, and made bearable by Ferris's wonderful dry wit. I can't wait for his next book.
sahmomma More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best books around. It was funny and so realistic. Fans of "The Office" will love the characters and the off beat things that take place in this office. The writing was great. It was great even when I re-read it.
DesignerReader More than 1 year ago
Ferris writes in such a way that he combines anonymity with an intimate view of each character. In a way, this truly reflects the feeling of an office environment. No one knows anyone, yet everyone knows everything. A fresh voice, but it is a little surface-level. Hopefully there is another, meatier novel soon to be born from Joshua Ferris's mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I approached this book assuming I would be on the floor laughing over comical office pranks. I was mistaken. Basically you read about naive business men/women in an office discussing their most uneventful drama and how such miniscule events are so important to their daily lives. Not to mention the fact that the story is written relatively poorly and with sporadic ordering. In then end I read it to finish it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a book to read.
ajwal More than 1 year ago
I think this novel is so good it will be read years from now and will serve as a definitive view of our life in the new millennium.  And it turns out that life, by turns, is both funny and sad, but, in the end, much more sad than funny.  This is real writing.  I wasn't much of a fan of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.  That was clever, but this one has the soul that that one was missing. 
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gs0429 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed after reading the reviews. I felt like I had wasted time reading this nonsense.
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For those who have worked through a downsizing this is a great read. If you haven' t, it will let you know how it feels. Quirky and somehow funny despite the sadness.
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The narration makes you become part of this group of coworkers. Funny, sad, nostalgic...
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melsking More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book as a series of sticky notes is perfect! I feel like Ferris just wrote out a bunch of scenarios on sticky notes, threw them in the air, and then had the book follow that random order. YET, in the middle of the random, conversational collection of stories about an advertising firm slowly going down the drain, there are some great truths about what it is like to work, especially in a depressed economy, and what life is like before and after you are forcefully pushed out of a job. The characters are fantastically written, the situations are poignant - you will laugh and cry. A difficult read in places, and the timeline is scattered at best, but this is a great book if you need some thought-provoking commiseration about your work place!
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