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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel Paperback – March 10, 2015
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"This is one of the funniest, saddest, sweetest novels I've read since Then We Came to the End. When historians try to understand our strange, contradictory era, they would be wise to consult To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. It captures what it is to be alive in early 21st-century America like nothing else I've read."―Anthony Marra, author of New York Times bestseller A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
"[Ferris] shrewdly stages a kind of theological symposium in [an] uncomfortably intimate place, conducted halfway between levity and overeager sincerity... It's a pleasure watching this young writer confidently range from the registers of broad punchline comedy to genuine spiritual depth. The complementary notes of absurdity, alienation and longing read like Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller customized for the 21st Century."―Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour reminds us that even existential suffering can prove both charming and hilarious...Ferris has written an arresting novel, a playfully ironic riff on how a man can come to know himself...the cumulative effect of the novel tugs the heart just as surely as it sparks the mind."―Bruce Machart, Houston Chronicle
"An engrossing and hilariously bleak novel . . . This splintering of the self hasn't been performed in fiction so neatly since Philip Roth's Operation Shylock."―John Freeman, Boston Globe
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316033995
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316033992
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Reprint Edition (March 10, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #678,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. O'Rourke, while languishing in his own exclusion, unwittingly explores the concepts of community and beloging through many different channels: the online world, faith communities, sports fandom, business relationships, ancestry, and even the simple act of losing oneself in a shopping mall. Through this character, we are invited to consider our own identities - what we project and what we protect.
Ferris has once again brought a quirky individual to life in order to explore the "normal" around him. Well worth the read.
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Ferris delves deep into Jewish history, which Paul forms an unhealthy obsession with, not least as a product of his latest failed relationship with his own office manager, Connie Plotz, and her family. After a strange encounter with a heavily anaesthetised patient who claims Paul is a Ulm like him, Paul finds his identity stolen as a website of his clinic surfaces online, followed by bogus Twitter and Facebook accounts, spouting ominous religious sayings that were construed to be anti-Semitic. Something of a mystery thriller surfaces as Paul tries to uncover the anonymous name stealer, while getting drawn deeper into the history of the Ulms, presumably biblical descendants of the Amalekites, whose religion is to doubt the existence of God, fitting nicely with Paul's own atheism.
Occasionally funny and witty, Ferris's third novel was an improvement from the unfortunate "Unnamed", but the stitches that held the story in place gave it a jagged feel. There was something profound that linked the agnostic religion with Paul's own hangups, but I failed as a reader to glean much of that in the end.