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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: Paul O'Rourke defines himself as three things: a dentist, a die-hard Red Sox fan, and an atheist. He's also a bit of a jerk, which is why, when someone sets up a fake website for his dental practice, Paul has trouble figuring out who is responsible. But a synopsis of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour can hardly do justice to a novel that is constantly changing shape and context. What begins as a stirring questioning of personal identity later evolves into a poignant meditation on the value of community, before transforming again into something entirely different. As with his previous novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed, the paths of Joshua Ferris's narrative intentions are windy and at times unclear. But patient readers will find that when the author pulls the story from out of the woods, the things Ferris has to say about humanity are curiously and devastatingly observed. ---Kevin Nguyen
Ferris returns with his third novel, another dark comedy in the vein of his well-received debut, Then We Came to the End (2007). Paul O’Rourke is a Manhattan dentist so disillusioned with the world that he doesn’t even like it when his favorite baseball team wins the World Series. More than anything else, he dislikes religion, other people, and the modern technology that forces him to interact with other people. He calls cell phones “me-machines” and nicknames one of his patients “Contacts” for texting during a procedure. That’s why he and his staff are shocked when a website for their practice suddenly appears online. Soon after, a Facebook page pops up, followed by a Twitter profile, all impersonating Paul. Infuriated, he tracks down his imposter and uncovers a fringe religious sect that worships Amalek, the father of a biblical tribe destroyed by King David in a holy war. As he tries to recover his stolen identity, Paul begins to question who he really is. The protagonist’s sharp inner dialogues are laugh-out-loud hilarious, combining Woody Allen’s New York nihilism with an Ivy League vocabulary. The narrative occasionally stumbles and spins out in the novel’s latter third, but Ferris’ unique voice shines. --Adam MorganSee all Editorial Reviews
I am left with no real take aways from this book. Strange, otherworldly story a bit like Hologram for The King or Absurdistan but less meaty?Published 7 days ago by C. R. Brown
A screw-ball book, but in a good way, with a complex first-person narrator/protagonist and a stunning and original animating central concept. The Amalekites ! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Thomas Dunn
Ferris takes a very interesting premise--the notion of doubt as a religion, as opposed to doubting religion, and teases into a long rumination about life, faith, and relationships. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dougpound
TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is set in contemporary New York. Narrated by a dentist Paul O'Rourke, it dramatizes his impressions of a world with which he is fundamentally at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
Still trying to figure out how this book got short-listed for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE. I didn't find this overly funny, the main character annoying, parts to the book were uneventful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Doubt the existence of God by all means, but never doubt the importance of flossing. This is one of the many hilarious and thoroughly convincing injunctions in To Rise Again at a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurence R. Bachmann