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Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch (英语)

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  • 出版社: Amazonencore (2010年10月12日)
  • 平装: 294页
  • 语种: 英语
  • ISBN: 1935597140
  • 条形码: 9781935597148
  • 商品尺寸: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • 商品重量: 367 g
  • ASIN: 1935597140
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London-born Richard Hine began his career as an advertising copywriter  After moving to New York at the age of 24, he held creative and marketing positions at Adweek, Time magazine, where he became publisher of Time’s Latin America edition, and The Wall Street Journal, where he was the marketing vice president responsible for the launch of the Journal's Weekend Edition. Since 2006, Hine has worked as a marketing and media consultant, ghostwriter, and novelist.  His fiction has appeared in numerous literary publications, including London Magazine and Brooklyn Review. He lives in New York City with the novelist Amanda Filipacchi.



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平均3.0 星 Liked it, wanted to love it 2013年8月27日
评论者 John J. Franco - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: Kindle电子书 已确认购买
This story had potential. Russell Wiley works for a newspaper/publishing house, the business is struggling and they bring in a consultant. Management is mostly incompetent, the consultant is too, and oh by the way, Wiley writes a regular column under a pseudonym where he describes it all. Hilarity should ensue.

And sometimes it did, but there didn't seem to be enough hilarity. At times, Hine tells the story almost like a novel, focusing more on advancing the plot than the zany characters that drive interest in what's happening. In most cases that would be good, but in a book that pokes fun at corporate America, I'm not sure it is.

Despite that, the book got better as it went along. The characters were good, and so was the plot, even if it took a while to find the right mix. A couple of notes:

I thought it was interesting that Russell was a mid-level executive in the story, and not just the low-level employee who usually tells these kinds of stories. It added an interesting perspective.

When I was 17, I took a creative writing class. I wrote a novella (I guess I'd call it a novella), and of course all the female characters were attractive. And because I was a 17 year old male, I spent a good deal of time describing the various outfits they wore and how they looked in them. I like to think that I've outgrown that, and I wouldn't do it if I wrote a novel at 36. But Hine does it in this book
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平均3.0 星 Fun and enjoyable, just not as funny as the hype says it is... 2012年8月11日
评论者 Larry Hoffer - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: Kindle电子书 已确认购买
Office politics and the incompetence of the business world always makes for amusing storylines, which is why television shows like The Office and books like Joshua Ferris' And Then We Came to the End are so popular. Into this arena comes Richard Hine's Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch, an enjoyable and fun story of a newspaper executive struggling with dysfunction both at home and at work.

Russell Wiley works for the Daily Business Chronicle, the fourth most popular newspaper in New York, which has undergone a great deal of corporate restructuring in the wake of print news' declining popularity. All around him Wiley sees his colleagues are anxious, angry and ambitiously trying to stay above water, and while his position is fairly secure, he isn't quite sure what to make of the new fresh-out-of-business-school consultant his boss hired to do the same project Russell did when he started at the paper, but the consultant is looking for others to do his work for him. And to top it off, Russell's relationship with his wife, Sam, is becoming increasingly chaotic--and sexless. (Russell refers to this period as "reclaiming his virginity.")

While I've never worked in as large a corporate environment as the one Hine describes, there were certainly aspects of dysfunction I've recognized through my career. I found all of the characters enjoyable (although Russell's wife isn't fleshed out nearly enough, so you never get the chance to understand why she's so angry with him) and definitely was compelled to keep reading. My one issue is that the book has been reviewed in many circles as being "as hilarious as The Office," and I don't see that. True, I rarely find things to be as hysterically funny as I'm told they will be, if the book was written to be uproariously funny I believe it fell short, but I did find it amusing and fun, and a very quick read.
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平均4.0 星 Light, breezy reading but with a little punch to it 2013年6月22日
评论者 Mike - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: 平装 已确认购买
This is an entertaining novel, a fast read, not deep but still with a bite to it. Told from the first person perspective of Russell Wiley, midlevel manager at a declining media (mainly business newspaper) company, it humorously narrates the internal politics of an organization that is incompetently run and slowly falling apart from the rot of distant management and lower level politics. In short, anyone who has ever worked for a large organization - public or private - will see him/herself and his/her own struggles to stay afloat against a tide of entropy. Even though Russell Wiley works for a fictional second-tier media company and my career was in the public sector, I felt and recognized (and often laughed at) every twinge of his daily challenges and frustrations. For that alone it was a worthwhile read.

Parallel to Russell's professional discontent, his marriage is also slowly falling apart and as a consequence he begins to eye the available women in the company.

My only complaint about the book is the ending, which is largely a disconnect (and therefore not very realistic) from the rest of the narrative, but which neatly resolves Russell's professional and personal grievances in one neat little (and unpredictable) package.

If you want a light and entertaining summer read, this is a book worth throwing into your beach bag.
平均3.0 星 Echoes of reality 2014年7月23日
评论者 SheVandal - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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I picked this book for a quick read with hopes of some laughs in between other endeavors. That's exactly what I got. I was drawn in with the failing newspaper - in a world of electronics I still love paper in my hands so I was interested in what happened in this vision of the dilemma. Like the newspaper business, this story seemed to pull me along, but just barely, for quite some time. The highs were not high, the lows not low, there was some humor and some intrigue but most of it was predictable. Still, I ended the book with a smile and was interested enough to keep reading in stolen moments ( my barometer of interest is how often I want to read). All in all, it delivered as promised. So, if you have any interest in the plight of a mostly likable, somewhat pitiful, struggling newspaper marketer and how he survives life in the thirty-somethings, this one's for you.
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平均5.0 星 Fun Read 2013年12月31日
评论者 Richard K. Evans - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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I read this on my tablet on an airplane. It was a quick fun read. The main character is quite likable. While some of it is clearly fiction, there is enough reality for anyone working in an office to appreciate. I use the horse versus unicorn expression pretty regularly (at least in my own head).