This is one of the few books I have read that treats work as something that is serious and important in its own right and not a framing device for a plot about something other than work. I am aware that Ted Heller did not intend it as a manual for living but I have, by now, read it so many times that the characters feel like archetypes to me. Is this new colleague Mark Larkin? Am I Mark Larkin? Am I Tom Land? Will I ever be Martyn Stokes? It is delightful and awful and punctuates somewhat laxly.
-- @Vincennes, July 2015.