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 »bit, 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.« less
Bruce - reviewed To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel on
Helpful Score: 4
I received an ARC copy from Goodreads giveaway:
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.