- 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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Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch (英语)
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.~
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
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.
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.