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The Company Handbook
The Book of Departures
The Book of No Returns
The Book of Arrivals
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Published by ENC Press
A comic satire of big business, the cult of individuality, and the teasing quality of time, this is an adventure story for those who hate adventure stories.
A comic satire of big business, the cult of individuality, and the teasing quality of time, this is an adventure story for those who hate adventure stories.

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Categories:Books, Romance
Publish date: May 1, 2004
Added to Scribd: May 19, 2009
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780972832151
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bibleeohfile_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoyed this novel for two distinct reasons. The first was that I thought the writing was excellent; it was very easy for me to slip into this story and be there. The second reason that I enjoyed "Moon Beaver" was because it was so thought provoking.The story begins with Benny Henderson, living in the Company-run city of Norwich, who finds himself struggling to retain his sense of originality in a place that has become overrun by the Company, which has essentially smothered the town in its propaganda in its attempt to create a homogenous community. (Sounds delightful, no? I’m moving there next week.) Benny works for the Company, lives in an apartment building the Company owns, all of his friends work for the Company, and his fiancé also works for the Company. Essentially, the Company is Benny’s life. That changes though, when Moon Beaver enters Benny’s life and forces him to see outside his small, Company-run world. Moon Beaver takes Benny with her on her travels, opening his eyes to a life outside the Company’s influence. And just as Benny’s eyes are opened, so are those of his fiancé and his friend. As I said before, "Moon Beaver" was a thought-provoking novel, as it brought up questions about happiness and the identity of self. Too often, I’ve found that I let myself be defined by what I do, or where I live, rather than what I think, like, or feel. I’m going to make an effort, going forward, to not let that happen. I don’t want to wake up one day to find that my entire life has become my career. (Unless that career becomes someone who gets to eat chocolate-covered caramels all day, because I really like the sound of that job.)
fujiwark_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The life of Benny Henderson is normal, British, and sure. He works for the multinational Company, plans to marry his fiance (and Company co-worker) Louise, plays squash with his friend (Company boy) Carl, and leads a homogeneous life in Norwich (in a house owned by the Company).Then Moon Beaver enters. She captivates Benny and his wallet with her striking individuality. As the two travel to the distant lands of Moscow and Bangkok, Benny finds himself both mesmerized and exacerbated by his eccentric guide's whims. First intoxicated by the prominently lipsticked fantasy of Moon, he later realizes her unconventional lifestyle is an attempt to achieve immortality by losing herself in time.While the story prepares to fly away with Moon, Andrew Hook grounds the novel with real struggles. Poultry farming, adult entertainment, and a self-conscious narrative voice star in subplots. Even Benny's Norwich faces tragic changes; the Company expands, Louise explores her heartache, and Carl discovers a surprising secret about Moon. Comic fantasy and real satire mingle in this story about individuality, immortality, and meaningful life.
sarahrae03 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
"Moon Beaver" begins with Benny Henderson, an inhabitant of the increasingly drab Norwich, who finds himself struggling to retain his sense of originality in a city that has been permeated by Company rhetoric; it is being blanketed by propaganda that forces the relinquishment of an individual identity in order to create manageable conformity. As the city slowly grows greyer and falls deeper into an abyss of Company compliance, a young woman of unspecified age and origin, who calls herself Moon Beaver, unexpectedly enters Benny’s flat while he is in the middle of a bubble bath and entrances him with her “cult of one.” From thence on, he unquestioningly allows the strange woman to invade his life, deplete his savings, and guide him away from his fiancée, Louise, as they venture overseas. Enthralled by her spontaneous lifestyle and her belief in her own immortality, Benny attempts to learn from her the mysteries of time, which she purports to manipulate. It is clear to Benny that he will eventually be abandoned by Moon, and thus feels as if every day with her could be the last.The occult of Moon Beaver pervades and complicates the lives of every character: Louise attempts to come to terms with Moon’s sense of freedom, and ultimately her own, as she delves into Moon’s indeterminate past; Lou, a Midwestern hen farmer from the States, tries to reconcile his love for his hens with his love for Moon; and Benny, attempting to understand Moon’s philosophy, concentrates on negotiating issues of time and sustainability outside of the Company norm.Andrew Hook’s "Moon Beaver" is a novel of life, death, and the transitory time spent in between. Moon’s character and sense of self is eerily inspiring and makes for a read that is both absorbing and beguiling. The issues raised by Hook are poignant to everyday life, and the consequences of living in every kind of way are potentially haunting: how do we immortalize our finite selves, and how do we do so without sacrificing the people we love?
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