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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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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
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I’d give the book 5 stars if it was all like the beginning, but unfortunately it didn’t work as a whole for me. I love Ferris’ writing style and nervy innovative ideas, but it’s also got to work for me as an entertainment. I know that might sound shallow, but I do read for enjoyment.
I would recommend "And Then We Came to the End" over this one.
Paul O’Rourke, who grew up poor as an only child of a widow after his father died when he was nine years old, is a successful dentist on Park Avenue in NYC. He is a luddite, an atheist, a cynic, and an antisocial misanthrope… or so it seems to others as well as to himself.
He hates all things technological and he'd rather opt out of internet, but he is always glued to his smart phone. He’s not a mere fan of Red Sox but a true devotee, who records every single Red Sox game and goes through superstitious rituals for the team’s win, but who also bemoans the fact that Red Sox had become World Champions but had been contenders ever since. He believes God doesn’t exists and everything Godly bores him stiff, yet he is attracted to, or rather infatuated and obsessed with religious people. He hates Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday because he just goes through the same rituals at home (if it’s a game day) all by himself. When he feels down, he goes to a mall, a sea of humanity, to make himself feel better while at the same time depressed at the unwholesomeness of all those people. Most of all, he finds it all meaningless and life pointless.
When somebody fakes his identity online, starting with creating his website, posting comments under his name, branching out to facebook and twitter, ever increasing his fake online presence, impersonating him perfectly but with some religious stuff mixed in that nobody has heard of, Paul is irresistibly drawn to this fake Paul O’Rourke who seems to know him better than himself. And he begins his journey, kicking and screaming, to find himself.
Well… at least that’s my take on it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible and very uninteresting story. Would not recommend it to anyonePublished 1 day ago by Marilyn Litz
Incredibly well written, actually very accurate when it comes to the dentistry, funny, sad, deep, philosophical and the kind of book that keeps you thinking.Published 8 days ago by Tomás M
This is 337 pages of what may or may not be a religious scam being purportrated on the main character, who is about as like able and interesting as wet cardboard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hi I'm Troy Mclure!
A very funny look at the things and ideas we take on faith. Ferris explores how we use our belief systems and what we get out of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gale organist
I loved the style of writing. It was very different and entertaining. The way the Dr.'s life was filled in bits and pieces was very interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bess
Confusing story about a dentist who is looking for family,companionship & is a Redsox fanPublished 3 months ago by David
The first half of the book is entertaining but then it turns in to a Jewish theological discussion. Even for a observant Jew it becomes quite boring and not clear what Joshua... Read morePublished 3 months ago by moshe jonas
This is a Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, and I absolutely loved his previous book, Then We Came to the End, so I had high hopes for this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TMPlym
A very thoughtful and often hilarious account of the battle between faith and doubt, waged by a New York City dentist. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E P Schultz