Book Reviews

Book Review – Who Moved My BlackBerry?

Who Moved My Blackberry? by Lucy Kellaway.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Who Moved My BlackBerry is the hilarious story of Martin Lukes and his struggle to reach the top of the corporate ladder and become “22.5 percent better than his bestest”.

The book is written entirely as a series of emails from Martin to his coach, his wife, and colleagues at work. The writing is tight, with very little description, apart from what someone would write in an email, which makes the story fast paced, especially if you are used to reading countless emails every day.

What I liked about the book was the amusing but uncomfortable reminder that I myself often slip into using many of the corporate phrases used by Martin, the protagonist. Reading it has made me hyper-aware of the awful business clichés used in our daily lives.

Initially I felt the story would be complex and hard to follow due to the email-based narration. However, the complete opposite is true. I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who works in an office and wants to be a better person!

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Book Review: Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars.

Atlas Shrugged is a behemoth of a book that doesn’t know what it is. It wants to be a novel, but it also wants to be a vehicle for Rand’s objectivist philosophy. By trying to be both, it fails to be either.

For a long time I persevered with it, forcing myself to read on through the never-ending streams of dialogue that captured every minute detail of conversation between characters. I started to care about the protanist, Dagny, and some of the other characters, and I liked the premise. I wanted to see where the story went, and needed to feel like one of Rand’s heroic beings for reaching The End, but it wasn’t to be.

I don’t remember ever abandoning a novel before, and even forced my way through Anna Karenina about ten years ago, but after an excruciating stretch of dialogue that went on for dozens of pages, I finally decided life is too short, and gave up, without ever knowing the answer to the question, “who is John Galt?”

Unless you have to read it as part of a course, or are interested in objectivism, I suggest you steer clear, or read a sample first, before buying a book that you are statistically likely to abandon.

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