To Rise Again at A Decent Hour

A Novel

Ferris, Joshua

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
To Rise Again at A Decent Hour
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.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
ISBN: 9780316033978
Branch Call Number: FICTION FERRIS 2014
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,25 cm


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Dentistry as a metaphor for mortality, atheism and cynicism versus a longing for belonging. But funny. (Christopher's pick)

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Mar 01, 2015

started it but did not like it --kinda of a farce

Feb 16, 2015

No silly

Dec 29, 2014

I read through to the beginning of chapter 4 and then gave up. I found every aspect of the book to be thoroughly unpleasant: misogynistic/psychopathic narrator, more detail than I need about dentistry, utterly depressing outlook. Decided it wasn't worth my time to read on in hope that something meaningful would develop.

Nov 25, 2014
  • carolynrogers rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Funny book, full of warm feelings, about an anxious dentist in search of meaning.

Nov 01, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A poorly written, unfunny, glib novel about a dentist coming to terms with his life (how original) and his lack of faith. He's like a bad version of Jonathan Tropper ("This is Where I Leave You") and I didn't learn a single thing about dentistry.

Oct 29, 2014
  • RPLtheresa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'm so happy I decided to pick it up and read it! The author, Joshua Ferris, tackles some major topics - religion, relationships, suicide and others. But the book is also very funny. I was laughing out loud most of the time. I'm definitely going to be reading something else by Ferris!

Oct 23, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very funny, well written, limited vocabulary, easy to read.

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
  • MichelleBees 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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