Another Sharp Look at 9 to 5

June 5, 2008

Another Sharp Look at 9 to 5

Ed Park's debut novel, Personal Days, has received plenty of praise. Wired might have said it best: "Hysterical . . . Park's story is set in an absurd yet believable workplace where personnel, shutting down their computers for the weekend, earnestly consider the pop-up question, 'Are you sure you want to quit?'" But I'm sure some people are thinking: Another office comedy? Yes, we're having a cultural moment. The brilliant UK series The Office inspired an American version, and Joshua Ferris' examination of cubicle life, Then We Came to the End, is recently out in paperback. It's not Park's fault, though, that our work lives are finally taking the place they deserve under the artistic microscope. Would anyone complain about another novel about love? Or war? For better or worse, work and sleep are the vast majority of our lives. Park's very funny, deceptively breezy novel is a welcome addition to a canon that should keep expanding...




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