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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris

I read this book a few weeks after I resigned from work and it was a perfect representation of all the stress, drama and comedy of corporate life. Needless to say, I could really relate haha!

This book follows the lives of the employees of an advertising agency that's on the brink of collapse. After years of growth, the company is struggling to remain competitive. And the employees who used to have it so easy are now facing the possibility of lay-offs.

It's a story about how the employee's personal lives relate to their work life. And it also about how the latter always seems to take a back-seat for a long time before it comes back to bite them on the ass big-time. The story also speaks about the psychological impact of being an employee in this day and age. It's not as easy as it used to be. And while this book was written to be a funny, the issues that underlie the context of things are very serous. And they're very real.

So if you're a corporate rat, read this book! If you're on the verge of a burnout, read this book ASAP! :)