Wednesday, May 28, 2008

PD—or not PD!

Eh? You want to headline a review of Personal Days "Hamlet at the Watercooler"?—Uh, let me check...Sure, I can live with that...!

Kathryn Joyce's in-depth review is up at Newsweek (minor spoiler alert):
With often pitch-perfect delivery, Park chronicles the grind of daily office tedium, which wears the clique down into professional cynics and observers, from the tricky politics of e-mailing a supervisor (a "psychotic" peppiness "barely stifling a howl of fear") to the shelved individual passion projects none of them wants to discuss....Park has a sound sense both of his characters' kindness and banality, and as the novel progresses he succeeds in nailing the note of false ennui the young group at first gives off, exposing not just their dull, sad anxieties but the sweet affection they do develop for each other, with sharp and lovely language....The final section, "Revert to Saved," [is] a soulful love letter and apologia that distills the gracefulness of Park's prose throughout the book to a single elegant voice, the individual that was before entering the assembly line of the Jobmilla nightmare....A lyrical and often piercing look at daily life made strange and beautiful by faithful transcription.



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