Saturday, March 6, 2010

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

I really went back and forth on how much I was enjoying this book.  The first person plural voice was something that I liked a lot at first, but it was also a key thing that irritated me closer to the end.  Were we ever going to find out who the narrator was?  Because the reader seems to be included in the we, does that make the reader part of the story or farther removed from it because we can't see the identity of the narrator? At times I found it to be hilarious, especially early on with the story of the "buckshelves".  There were several incidents that had me laughing quite a bit.  Other times I found myself to be quite bored.  I wonder if the fact that I have never worked in this type of office environment took away some of my ability to relate to the characters.  It does get a little more serious for a while, and I think those were some of the better parts of the book. I liked it, but I think I'll probably forget this one very soon.


Literary Feline said...

I've heard mixed things about this book and so haven't really drummed up any enthusiasm to try it. He has a new book out which is also getting mixed reviews--but it sounds a little more up my alley. I may try that one first.

The first person plural narrative would take some getting used to. I'd be tempted to try this one just for that!

Christine said...

Wendy- Hearing about his new book is what led to me reading this one. I think I will try it as well.