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To Rise Again at A Decent Hour

A Novel
Ferris, Joshua (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O'Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself. "Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual. At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force" -- from publisher's web site.
Authors: Ferris, Joshua
Title: To rise again at a decent hour
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Joshua Ferris
Summary: After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O'Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself.
"Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual. At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force" -- from publisher's web site.
ISBN: 9780316033978
0316033979
9780316371476
Branch Call Number: FICTION FERRIS 2014
Subject Headings: Online identity theft Fiction Self-doubt Fiction Identity (Psychology) Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Online identity theft
Self-doubt
Identity (Psychology)
LCCN: 2014931908
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Sep 11, 2014
  • 1964ag rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

a bit slow going and not a very interesting life at first but I persisted.
Didn't think it was great but it has made me continue to think about life and doing more than just the routine and keeping connected.

Aug 05, 2014
  • JCLMichelleMB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i'm a big fan of joshua ferris. he unfailingly gives us a look into what motivates our day-to-day actions, as actors in the modern world of social media, work and relationships. this story looks into what provides us a sense of identity in today's world. for some, it's family; for others, devotion to a sports team; for yet others, religion. paul o'rourke's search for his identity is an interesting exploration of our modern life. this is a great read or listen!

Jul 26, 2014
  • franzkafka rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Part One was quite fascinating reading. Part Deux made the book run out of steam completely. A real let down after a promising beginning.

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Jul 10, 2014
  • paigecc rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sorry but I thought this was the most terrible book that I have ever read. And I can count on one hand how many books I haven't been able to get passed the 1st chapter. I was to drawn out with all "he said, she says and he says , n they say. Just get on with it.

Jun 22, 2014
  • jkovacs rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I started off liking this but then found it too long and bit too confusing for me. I felt it could have been edited better. I did like all of the characters that work in Paul's office and their interactions, but other than that it fell short for me.

May 21, 2014
  • JOE KEEGAN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Offbeat, funny, interesting. If you liked Joshua Ferris' other books, you will definitely like this one. The story moves along pretty smoothly, and it's easy to sit down and read large chunks of the book at once.

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