Personal Days

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Jonathan Cape, 2008 - Clerks - 241 pages
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Ever wondered what your boss does all day?Or if there is a higher - perhaps an existential - significance to Microsoft Word malfunctions? This astonishing debut is a scathingly funny look at a group of office workers who have no idea what the unnamed corporation they work for actually does.When it looks like the company may be taken over, fear of redundancy unleashes a deliciously Kafkaesque plot full of the tedium and mistrust of corporate life and the backstabbing bitchiness of our survival-of-the-fittest instincts. We meet Pru, the ex-grad student-turned-spreadsheet drone; Laars, the hysteric whose work anxiety follows him into his tooth-grinding dreams; and Jonah, the secret striver who must pick his allegiance. Assailed from all sides, Park's idiosyncratic cast of characters battle paranoia, boredom and the complexities of the lunch break as each struggles to figure out who among them is trying to bring the company down - and why. Rich with Orwellian doublespeak, filled with sabotage and romance and capturing the relentless monotony and paranoia of office life with uncanny precision, Personal Days is a novel for anyone who's ever worked in an office and wondered, 'Where does the time go? Where does life go? And whose banana is in the fridge?'

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User Review  - AThurman - LibraryThing

Good try. Doomed to be overshadowed by Ferris' Then We Came to the End, a similar tale of cubicle-and-layoff angst also told in the first person plural that got there a year earlier and adds up to ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

A hilarious look at dysfunctional office life in New York. Park's deadpan humor and the dry delivery of the mythical and fantastical in the office makes for a light, entertaining read. I laughed out ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ed Park was born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York. He is a founding editor of The Believer and the former editor Voice Literary Supplement. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. He lives with his family in Manhattan, where he publishes The New York Ghost.

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