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The whole idea is simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univans — identical and serviceable vehicles — transporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, The Scheme was designed to give an honest day's wage for an honest day's labor. Our hero is a five-year veteran of The Scheme: he knows the best routes, the easiest managers, the quickest ways in and out. Inevitably, trouble begins to brew. A woman arrives on the scene. Some workers develop delivery side-lines. And most disturbing of all, not all participants are in agreement. There are "Flat-Dayers" (those who believe The Scheme's eight-hour day is sacrosanct and inviolable) and there are "Swervers" (who fancy being let off a little early now and again). Soon Flat-Dayers and Swervers have pushed The Scheme to the very brink of disaster...and readers to the edge of their chairs in delight.

Review:

"A sly yet slender new absurdist satire about the irresolvable foolishness of the working world." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

Review:

"Mills writes fictions that are satiric, didactic, subtle, and blatant all at once...you will never once question its strangeness." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Mills does his usual spot-on job nailing the proper culprits with his offhand wit and stinging satire." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"A brilliant economist of words and themes, and each of his books so far is as welcome as a warm bus on a rainy day." Portland Oregonian

Review:

"With this clever allegory, Mills turns the trip to and from work into a literary joy ride." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Mills is proving himself to be a major and prolific writer of social satire whose work is both ridiculous and disturbing." Library Journal

Review:

"Very subtle, almost Swiftian-satire that will go over the heads of most Americans." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Magnus Mills is the author of The Restraint of Beasts, All Quiet on the Orient Express, and Three to See the King. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312310295
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mills, Magnus
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20031201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one map
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.68x6.18x.59 in. .45 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Picador USA - English 9780312310295 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A sly yet slender new absurdist satire about the irresolvable foolishness of the working world."
"Review" by , "Mills writes fictions that are satiric, didactic, subtle, and blatant all at once...you will never once question its strangeness."
"Review" by , "Mills does his usual spot-on job nailing the proper culprits with his offhand wit and stinging satire."
"Review" by , "A brilliant economist of words and themes, and each of his books so far is as welcome as a warm bus on a rainy day."
"Review" by , "With this clever allegory, Mills turns the trip to and from work into a literary joy ride."
"Review" by , "Mills is proving himself to be a major and prolific writer of social satire whose work is both ridiculous and disturbing."
"Review" by , "Very subtle, almost Swiftian-satire that will go over the heads of most Americans."
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