Company by Max Barry
A Novel

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Stephen Jones is a shiny new hire at Zephyr Holdings. From the outside, Zephyr is just another bland corporate monolith, but behind its glass doors business is far from usual: the beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else to do nothing, the sales reps use self help books as manuals, no one has seen the CEO, no one knows exactly what they are selling, and missing donuts are the cause of office intrigue. While Jones originally wanted to climb the corporate ladder, he now finds himself descending deeper into the irrational rationality of company policy. What he finds is hilarious, shocking, and utterly telling.


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About Max Barry

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Max Barry is the author of Syrup (1999), Jennifer Government (2003), Company (2006), and Machine Man (2011). He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
 
Published March 13, 2007 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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But the book enters some sublimely Kafkaesque territory once Jones discovers his employer’s real purpose: Zephyr is, in fact, a training lab where new management theories are secretly tested on human subjects.

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The New York Times

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The huddled masses in Max Barry's hilarious new novel, "Company," can be found crammed inside the Seattle corporate headquarters of Zephyr Holdings.

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The New York Times

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'I'm manager of Training Sales.' "Sydney says, 'Pardon me?' " 'Sydney is .

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The New York Times

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The office workers in Max Barry's biting new novel are fun. They're also damaged. You probably know them.

Feb 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Company: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Set in 14th-century England, Unsworth's novel revolves around a theater troupe whose decision to enact a recent murder leads them to uncover a conspiracy.

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Book Reporter

Mission Statement for Zephyr Holdings, Incorporated: "Zephyr Holdings aims to build and consolidate leadership positions in its chosen markets, forging profitable growth opportunities by developing strong relationships between internal and external business units and coordinating a strategic, con...

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The Boston Globe

When she and Johnny find themselves attracted to each other because of their mutual interest in the simple things in life, they both struggle with their loyalty to Julia.

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Forbes

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Indeed, after reading Barry's story about Zephyr Holdings, a major, multinational corporation with operations so complex and a mission statement so devoid of meaning that not even the company's employees know what the company does, you'll read all of those "how to" management books with new eyes.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… The mystery of the book, and of Zephyr Holdings, is so tied into Barry’s themes that it’s difficult to discuss the author’s conclusions without giving away some of the final twists—but it’s fair to say that if you work for a large company, Zephyr Holdings is what you fear is really going on, an...

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