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"[A]n extremely funny, superbly observed take on organizational life....Barry has been inside. You can smell it in his prose, which is equally adept at capturing the vacuity of a corporate mission statement or the back-and-forth of neurotic middle-management weasels crunched in the vice of mandated staff cuts....Company is laugh-out-loud funny, its humor driven by all the pleasure that a true shock of recognition can bring." Stanley Bing, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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A bitingly funny take on corporate life by the author of acclaimed bestseller Jennifer Government.

At Zephyr Holdings, no one has ever seen the CEO. The beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else, but does no work. One of the sales reps uses relationship books as sales manuals, and another is on the warpath because somebody stole his donut.

In other words, it's an ordinary big company. Or at least, that's what everyone thinks. Until fresh-faced employee Jones — too new to understand that you just don't ask some questions at Zephyr — starts investigating.

Soon Jones uncovers the company's secret: the answer to everything, what Zephyr Holdings really does, and why every manager has a copy of the Omega Management System. It plunges him into a maelstrom of love, loyalty, management, and corporate immorality — and whether he can get out again, now that's a good question.

Review:

"It's not difficult to make business look ridiculous. People dress funny. They act in constrained, bizarre and obnoxious ways, fueled by coffee, adrenaline and fear. The organization bends and twists human characters, and the worst sociopaths are often the most successful at the game. Idiotic rules and regulations abound. Stupidity triumphs. Goodness is seldom rewarded.

Best of all, for humorists... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Establishes Barry as one of the keenest and shrewdest minds in corporate satire...utterly original.(Grade: A-)." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[S]mart and fast paced. The characters aren't fully people...and the necessary cynicism underlying the book may turn off some readers. Their loss." New York Times

Review:

"Barry writes in the present tense, which in less adept hands would come across as affectation. Instead it's like reading one of those management texts that allegedly reveals how the business world really works, but with the gloves off." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[O]ffers a bracing look at the funny business that makes business world shenanigans not all that funny after all." Hartford Courant

Review:

"Biting, hilarious....For anyone who considers corporate life insane." People

Synopsis:

A bitingly funny take on corporate life by the author of acclaimed bestseller Jennifer Government

Company: the Novel That Answers the Big Questions

What are the relative merits of sleeping with your boss versus someone at the same level? Which causes the more spectacular career implosion?

When is physical violence an appropriate response to management policy?

The Mission Statement: It can’t be that incomprehensible by accident, can it?

Why is that one reserved parking space always empty?

Taking an extra donut during mid-morning snack: Trivial matter or criminal offense?

If the company is reorganizing again, doesn’t that mean the last reorganization was a total waste of time and money?

What does Senior Management really do up there all day?

. . . and the big one . . .

What is the Meaning of Work?

At Zephyr Holdings, no one has ever seen the CEO. The beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else, but does no work. One of the sales reps uses relationship books as sales manuals, and another is on the warpath because somebody stole his donut.

In other words, it’s an ordinary big company. Or at least, that’s what everyone thinks. Until fresh-faced employee Jones—too new to understand that you just don’t ask some questions at Zephyr—starts investigating.

Soon Jones uncovers the company’s secret: the answer to everything, what Zephyr Holdings really does, and why every manager has a copy of the Omega Management System. It plunges him into a maelstrom of love, loyalty, management, and corporate immorality—and whether he can get out again, now that’s a good question.

Synopsis:

With broad strokes, Barry satirizes corporate America in his third caustic novel, taking aim at corporations that turn people into cogs in a machine.

About the Author

Max Barry spent the best years of his life in the bowels of Hewlett-Packard, conducting secret research for this book. This is his third novel, following the cult hit Syrup and the bestselling Jennifer Government, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. He was born on March 18, 1973, and lives in Melbourne, Australia. He writes full-time, but enforces a strict dress policy, requires that his desk be kept tidy at all times, and asks that he limit personal calls to less than two minutes.

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katatrina, June 11, 2008 (view all comments by katatrina)
Max Barry really sums it up. This book is well written and funny in a sad way. Anyone who has ever been involved in a corporate environment will recognize certain realities here and will most likely want to become a successful author instead, but only if they can pull it off as well as Max.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079377
Author:
Barry, Max
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Corporations
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.50x4.76x.75 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE - English 9781400079377 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[A]n extremely funny, superbly observed take on organizational life....Barry has been inside. You can smell it in his prose, which is equally adept at capturing the vacuity of a corporate mission statement or the back-and-forth of neurotic middle-management weasels crunched in the vice of mandated staff cuts....Company is laugh-out-loud funny, its humor driven by all the pleasure that a true shock of recognition can bring." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "Establishes Barry as one of the keenest and shrewdest minds in corporate satire...utterly original.(Grade: A-)."
"Review" by , "[S]mart and fast paced. The characters aren't fully people...and the necessary cynicism underlying the book may turn off some readers. Their loss."
"Review" by , "Barry writes in the present tense, which in less adept hands would come across as affectation. Instead it's like reading one of those management texts that allegedly reveals how the business world really works, but with the gloves off."
"Review" by , "[O]ffers a bracing look at the funny business that makes business world shenanigans not all that funny after all."
"Review" by , "Biting, hilarious....For anyone who considers corporate life insane."
"Synopsis" by , A bitingly funny take on corporate life by the author of acclaimed bestseller Jennifer Government

Company: the Novel That Answers the Big Questions

What are the relative merits of sleeping with your boss versus someone at the same level? Which causes the more spectacular career implosion?

When is physical violence an appropriate response to management policy?

The Mission Statement: It can’t be that incomprehensible by accident, can it?

Why is that one reserved parking space always empty?

Taking an extra donut during mid-morning snack: Trivial matter or criminal offense?

If the company is reorganizing again, doesn’t that mean the last reorganization was a total waste of time and money?

What does Senior Management really do up there all day?

. . . and the big one . . .

What is the Meaning of Work?

At Zephyr Holdings, no one has ever seen the CEO. The beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else, but does no work. One of the sales reps uses relationship books as sales manuals, and another is on the warpath because somebody stole his donut.

In other words, it’s an ordinary big company. Or at least, that’s what everyone thinks. Until fresh-faced employee Jones—too new to understand that you just don’t ask some questions at Zephyr—starts investigating.

Soon Jones uncovers the company’s secret: the answer to everything, what Zephyr Holdings really does, and why every manager has a copy of the Omega Management System. It plunges him into a maelstrom of love, loyalty, management, and corporate immorality—and whether he can get out again, now that’s a good question.

"Synopsis" by , With broad strokes, Barry satirizes corporate America in his third caustic novel, taking aim at corporations that turn people into cogs in a machine.
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