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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel (English Edition)
 
 

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Ferris

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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 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.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent in the beginning 7. Juni 2014
Von Daniel Holland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This book started off great. It seemed to be similar to “Mr. Penumbra’s 25 Hour Bookstore” - a mysterioso literary sleuth with excellent writing and really cool hooks into the modern world, e.g. “Me Machine” as a descriptor for smart phones. The weird on-line identity takeover is also really fun, along with Paul’s (main character) dentist office and the dynamics with his co-workers and ex-girlfriend. But then about halfway through it starts to get too complicated. It’s like the book was edited down from a larger book and the pieces don’t fit anymore. Ferris is a fun writer, but without good structure this book fell down for me. It began to feel like I was at school, with all the Jewish religious details, and it was also a downer with all the personal religious failure stuff and the introduction of too many characters to keep track of.

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.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The book that made me floss religiously 17. Mai 2014
Von bananas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I won and received an ARC through First Reads book giveaway on Goodreads.

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. At the very first, I had a hard time getting into it, not getting what the book was about, but slowly I got sucked in and couldn’t put it down. If the psychiatric studies were to be believed, ever increasing number of people in modern society worldwide, some 60 to 80% I think, live in existential vacuum, and this book captures it brilliantly and with humor. Which means the book will resonate with most people as exaggerated as Paul O’Rourke’s “condition” might be. I admit I sort of get him, Paul O’Rourke, who is essentially a humanist, a lover of people, who just doesn’t get people because he has strived to do things and be somebody, so he has never known how to just be.

I thoroughly enjoyed it although I felt the ending was a tad anticlimactic. I do not think this book is for people who are looking for a funny yarn in a neat little package. It leaves rooms for reader’s interpretation. Although I found it funny, it wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny as the blurb claims. A very good real life benefit I got is that now I have been and will be flossing every night religiously without fail.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I really hated this guy until I didn't. 13. Mai 2014
Von Amelia Gremelspacher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
It took me an hour of reading to start getting Paul O'Rourke under my skin. He really is too generally self absorbed to stand for any amount of time. He is feeling grouchy about his dental patients although he gives them his best. He just hasn't been able to latch onto anything that is "everything". His love affairs are all encompassing and consist of complete blanket devotion to the point the woman flees. Then one day he is looking at his "me-machine", otherwise known as a cell phone. Someone has stolen his identity and put up a lovely website for his practice. In chasing this person down, he becomes part of a lengthy search for himself, an unknown Ulm.

I guess around the time that he realizes that other than the theology that itches him, the website represents a better version of himself that I began to get intrigued with the guy. The long winded Red Sox monologues make me nuts, but then began to enmesh me in the romance of a losing team's fan. And it turns out he cares deeply for people, although he hadn't known it. The book is full of quirky little factoids and side trips that snare the unwary, myself included. There is a certain charm to it all. I kind of really like the once grouchy dentist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ferris's best novel 13. Mai 2014
Von "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
A confirmed atheist who seeks a religious family to latch onto, a Red Sox fan who embraced them most when they were failures, a middle-aged man who feels self conscious saying “Good morning”--Paul O’Rourke is a depressed, lonely, but exceptionally fine dentist who suffers from a lifelong existential crisis, searching, but disconnected. Perhaps seeking the apt aphorism.

“Everything was always something, but something—and here was the rub—could never be anything.”

Paul’s Jewish ex-girlfriend, Connie, works in the office. When they were together, he became consumed with Judaism (but not God) so that he could belong to her family. Years before, he tried to belong to a Catholic girlfriend’s Catholic family (but not God). Betsy, his upright dental hygienist, is a religious Roman Catholic, and Paul often enjoys debunking God in her presence. But he appreciated her rituals.

“Her internalization of Catholicism and its institutional disappointments suited a dental office perfectly, where guilt was often our last resort for motivating the masses.”

Paul’s emptiness was bottomless, and he was desperate to find a dedication to something bigger than himself. Replacing a rotten tooth with a pontic so that a patient could smile again, or watching David Ortiz bat a homer, and even drinking a mochaccino—these were no small things. But they didn’t promise eternal fulfillment or facilitate his restive soul to the submission of God.

“I would have liked to believe in God. Now there was something that could have been everything better than anything else…It could all be mine: the awesome pitch of organ pipes, the musings of Anglican bishops.”

However, he can’t make it past the Bible’s talk of “firmament.” He starts bleeding tears of terminal boredom.

He also keeps a low profile online—no Facebook, no Twitter. But the world’s preoccupation with Smart Phones, which he calls “me-machines," intrigues him. Occasionally, he Googles himself. Then, one day, he notices that someone has hijacked his identity, created a Facebook account of him and his dental practice, and alleges to be Paul O’Rourke! Moreover, the other Paul starts writing controversial religious excerpts from a bible that belongs to an ancient tribe or sect.

He (this thief of O’Rourke) claims to be an Ulm, from the Old Testament people known as the Amalekites—people who were even more persecuted than the Jews; in fact, they assert that they were destroyed by the Israelites. These online declarations in Paul’s name create contention with the Tweeting public; it hints of a political incorrectness bordering on anti-Semitism. Unless, of course, it is just the facts, and it is true. Is it true? Is Paul doing this to himself, has he lost his mind? The narrative advances a viable history of the Ulms, one that is provocative and convincing. Its doctrine is the belief in doubting God. As the plot progresses, Paul’s inner contradictions become an external force, one he has to reckon with, which demands him to take action, adjust his creature-of-habit lifestyle, and face the unfamiliar.

The story moves along like a locomotive, propelling me forward; I read it in two breathless sittings. Ferris has reached his pinnacle, and of all three novels, this is his best and most accomplished. It’s witty and edgy, but robust and penetrating-- even his flip remarks are moving and unsettling. Sometimes I laughed out loud, often I laughed inside. But I invariably felt Paul’s anguish. Ferris’s droll prose flows with the alacrity of a gazelle. And it never gets dull.

I can’t close my review without this choice example of his keen and aphoristic prose, which arrives on page two, as he describes the profession of dentistry as half-doctor, half-mortician:

“The ailing bits he tries to turn healthy again. The dead bits he just tries to make presentable. He bores a hole, clears the rot, fills the pit, and seals the hatch. He yanks the teeth, pours the mold, fits the fakes, and paints to match. Open cavities are the eye stones of skulls, and molars stand erect as tombstones.”

Read it and leap!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen First chapter amazing, then hellish 4. Juli 2014
Von T.J. Sullivan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
This book has the BEST FIRST CHAPTER I can ever remember reading. I remember telling travel companions that I was blown away by the brilliance at the start of this book. But, it didn't take long to go off track. I finally quit at page 175. Couldn't take it any more. It was like digesting mud. I always finish books, just on principle, but couldn't take one more page of slogging through this. You'd have to be seriously into theological philosophy to give a damn. There was also a real opportunity for the author to have a clever take on social media identity, but that never materialized for me either. Blech. The two stars are for the first chapter.
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