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Max Barry began removing parts at an early age. In 1999, he successfully excised a steady job at tech giant HP in order to upgrade to the more compatible alternative of manufacturing fiction. While producing three novels, he developed the online nation simulation game NationStates, as well as contributing to various open source software projects and developing religious views on operating systems. He did not leave the house much. For Machine Man, Max wrote a website to deliver pages of fiction to readers via email and RSS. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters, and is 38 years old. He uses vi.
Like Jennifer Government--the book that launched Barry onto the world stage--Company is a sardonic look at the corporate world. Unlike Barry's previous effort, it's not a story overlaid against the backdrop of capitalism gone mad. This time capitalism gone mad is front and centre and so has little of Jennifer Government's world-weary self-knowledge. When the big reveal comes barely a third into the story, it takes a little of the gloss off Barry's keen sense of the absurd, and you wonder where Company can go. But it's less a straight narrative than a soliloquy to life under the yoke of big business, depicting a fictitious corporation where taking a colleague's doughnut can be a firing offence and cost-cutting is a religion. When nothing is what it seems in the endless and senseless edicts from on high, new employee Jones starts asking uncomfortable questions, plunging himself into a world of corporate espionage. Where Company shines is in Barry's eye for the inane strictures of corporate life. He perfectly captures the zeitgeist of management-speak and corporate rationale, and with digs at The System always popular and a big name book already out there, he'll have another hit. Drew Turney is a freelance journalist and regular BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER contributor
"Laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Superbly observed." --The Washington Post"Hilarious. . . . Barry underscores his credentials as both satirist and saboteur. . . . Company is Mr. Barry's breakout book." --The New York Times"Establishes Barry as one of the keenest and shrewdest minds in corporate satire... utterly original... A-."--Entertainment Weekly"Biting, hilarious. . . . For anyone who considers corporate life insane." --People