The Scheme for Full Employment

The Scheme for Full Employment

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Baker & Taylor
In a parable of working-class life, the Scheme--a self-perpetuating process in which drivers deliver replacement parts for the Univans that they drive--is undermined by disagreements among the workers between the "Flat-Dayers" and the "Swervers," a conflict that evolves into a schism that could destroy the Scheme.

McMillan Palgrave
From Magnus Mills, the acknowledged master of the working-class dystopic parable—a genre he practically invented—a new work of comic genius

The whole idea is simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univans—identical and serviceable vehicles—transporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme was designed to give an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s labor. That it produces nothing does not obtain. Our hero in Magnus Mills’ mesmerizing new work is a five-year veteran of the Scheme: he knows the best routes, the easiest managers, the quickest ways in and out. Inevitably, trouble begins to brew. A woman arrives on the scene. Some workers develop delivery sidelines. And most disturbing of all, not all participants are in agreement. There are “Flat-Dayers,” who believe the Scheme’s eight-hour day is sacrosanct and inviolable, and there are “Swervers,” who fancy being let off a little early now and again. Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Soon the Flat-Dayers and Swervers have pushed the Scheme to the very brink of disaster...and readers to the edge of their chairs in delight.


Holtzbrinck
From Magnus Mills, the acknowledged master of the working-class dystopic parable—a genre he practically invented—a new work of comic genius The whole idea is simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univans—identical and serviceable vehicles—transporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme was designed to give an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s labor. That it produces nothing does not obtain. Our hero in Magnus Mills’ mesmerizing new work is a five-year veteran of the Scheme: he knows the best routes, the easiest managers, the quickest ways in and out. Inevitably, trouble begins to brew. A woman arrives on the scene. Some workers develop delivery sidelines. And most disturbing of all, not all participants are in agreement. There are “Flat-Dayers,” who believe the Scheme’s eight-hour day is sacrosanct and inviolable, and there are “Swervers,” who fancy being let off a little early now and again. Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Soon the Flat-Dayers and Swervers have pushed the Scheme to the very brink of disaster...and readers to the edge of their chairs in delight.

Blackwell North Amer
The whole concept is so simple yet so perfect: men drive to and from strategically placed warehouses in Univans - identical and very serviceable vehicles - transporting replacement parts for...Univans. Gloriously self-perpetuating, the Scheme for Full Employment (or "Scheme," for short) is more than social engineering; it is the unified field theory of the modern working world. And what greater good can there be than honest wages for honest labor?
Or so thinks our hero, a five-year veteran of the Scheme, and a contented man. The joy of work lies in just the right balance of routine and surprise. This balance, however, turns out to be more fragile than he could have imagined. A woman arrives on the scene. Some colleagues develop delivery sidelines for extra income. And, most disturbing of all, trouble is beginning to brew between those who believe the Scheme's eight-hour shift sacrosanct and inviolable, and these who fancy being let off a little early now and again (where's the harm?). Disagreement turns to argument, argument to debate, debate to outright schism. Can the Scheme survive?

Baker
& Taylor

In a parable of working-class life, the Scheme--a self-perpetuating process in which drivers deliver replacement parts for the Univans that they drive--is undermined by disagreements among the workers.

Publisher: New York : Picador USA, c2002
Edition: 1st Picador USA ed
ISBN: 9780312421632
031242163X
Branch Call Number: F MIL
Characteristics: xiv, 204 p. : map ; 22 cm

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