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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour A Novel
Author: Joshua Ferris
A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation — 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 ha...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316033978
ISBN-10: 0316033979
Publication Date: 5/13/2014
Pages: 336
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.

2.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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I have mixed feelings about this book. Ferris has proven that he is a major talent but I don't get the point of this book. It started out great and I thought I had another excellent Ferris novel in my hands but halfway through I simply lost interest. The book became very repetitious as it seemed to be a 300 page screed against religion. Our orthodontic atheist seemingly spends the whole book trying to justify his unbelief and convincing himself that it matters. Ferris would undoubtedly say I missed the point of the book and I can hardly argue because I saw no point. It was a book about nothing. This material would have fit into a short blog series better than in a 300 page work of fiction.

That said, Ferris is a brilliant writer and this novel was often funny. The interaction between O'Rourke and Betsy and O'Rourke and Connie was brilliant and worth the price of the book. Ferris certainly understands the human psyche and he does a great job of fleshing out his characters. If the plot (did he have one?) had been as interesting as the characters, the book could have been very good. The sum of the parts was greater than the whole.
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