Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris

Just watched the author reading excerpts from his book on CNN's Global Office. It is amazing how corporate life in Chicago, Illinois is exactly like corporate life in Nes-Ziona, Israel. Sounds like a wickedly funny book. Here is an excerpt:

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris"We thanked each other. It was customary after every exchange. Our thanks were never disingenuous or ironic. We said thanks for getting this done so quickly, thanks for putting in so much effort. We had a meeting and when a meeting was over, we said thank you to the meeting makers for having made the meeting. Very rarely did we say anything negative or derogatory about meetings. We all knew there was a good deal of pointlessness to nearly all the meetings and in fact one meeting out of every three or four was nearly perfectly without gain or purpose but many meetings revealed the one thing that was necessary and so we attended them and afterward we thanked each other."

Of course, in this day and age, a book is not just printed and sold – it gets a website, a MySpace page and even a trailer on YouTube.

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