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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour [PDF / EPUB] To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Joshua Ferris's dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life the certainty of death and the importance of good oral hygiene There's nothing like a dental chair to rem Joshua Ferris's dazzling new novel To Rise Again Again at PDF/EPUB Ã at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life the certainty of death and the importance of good oral hygiene There's nothing like a dental chair to remind a man that he's alone in the world'Paul O'Rourke year old slightly curmudgeonly dentist runs a thriving practice in New York Yet he is discovering he needs in his life than a steady income and the perfect mochaccino But whatAs Paul tries to To Rise PDF/EPUB or work out the meaning of life a Facebook page and Twitter account appear in his name What's at first an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something frightening the possibility that the online Paul might be a better version of the man in the flesh Who is doing this and will it cost Paul his sanity'Slick sophisticated and very funny has modern Everyman fighting for his identity in an increasingly impersonal world' Daily Mail on Then We Came to the End'Brilliant funny Rise Again at PDF/EPUB ê stomach turningly accurate' Observer on Then We Came to the End'He has teased ordinary circumstances into something extraordinary which is exactly what we want our fiction writers to do' Economist on The UnnamedJoshua Ferris was born in Illinois in He is the author of Then We Came to the End which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and The Unnamed In he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious ' Rise Again at a Decent ePUB Ñ under ' list He lives in upstate New York.

  • Hardcover
  • 337 pages
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
  • Joshua Ferris
  • English
  • 23 December 2015
  • 9780670917730

About the Author: Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris is the author of novels Then Again at PDF/EPUB Ã We Came to the End The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour as well as a story collection The Dinner Party He has been a finalist for the National Book Award winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PENHemingway Award short listed for the Man Booker Prize and winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize He was named one of The.

10 thoughts on “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

  1. says:

    If nothing else this book will make you feel like you need to floss immediately

  2. says:

    To be clear I won this mofo in a Goodreads giveaway I loved Ferris's previous two novels and eagerly hit this one Said eagerness uickly gave way to a stolid kind of admiration and a decent amount of fatigue Other reviewers will undoubtedly provide a detailed synopsis of the plot so I'll just say that Ferris's strengths are fully on display here but it's also a book that reuires a certain level shall we say of commitment It's a seriously dense novel His dialogue is just flat out singing here pitch perfect and a joy to read Dude is a master at dialogue The plot is wonderfully inventive Paul O'Rourke is an inherently damaged character and terrific in the sense that he's so relatable There are plenty of moments and relationships here that are just a pure joy to read and Ferris is undoubtedly a gifted and hardworking writer Again my complaint and why I'm unable to give the book a higher rating is that density I mentioned I understand that the book is told via first person and rife with inner monologues but I struggled at times with the multi page paragraphs and the general ceaselessness of it At one point Paul describes the manner in which his ex girlfriend ties her hair back with a scrunchie and said description takes up nearly a page and while TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR was ambitious as hell I think it would've been much effective if Ferris had sacrificed some of the effluvia for a little narrative velocity

  3. says:

    Joshua Ferris’s new novel is about a dentist and like a good dentist Ferris welcomes us in with a few jokes and some distracting chitchat By the time we realize what we’re in for we’re flat on our backs staring wildly at our own reflection in the goggles of a person we’re not sure we should trustIf you’re afraid of dentists or demanding fiction back away because “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” is a brilliant mess of a novel that drills at a raw nerve of existential dread It’s a deceptively comic treatment of Emily Dickinson’s claim that “Narcotics cannot still the Tooth That nibbles at the soul” Ferris has managed to blend the clever satire of his first book “Then We Came to the End” with the grinding despair of his second “The Unnamed” The result is a witty story that chews on Internet scams relationship killers crackpot theology baseball mania and the desperate loneliness of modern lifePlotting in the traditional sense is not Ferris’s prime interest — or his strongest talent What matters to him is how characters respond to the approaching darkness No matter the setting for Ferris it’s always Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and the Rest of Us There’s some complication in this third novel — even some remnants of intrigue — but we’re locked in the endlessly spiraling mind of Paul O’Rourke DDS a functional depressive with a successful practice in New York City Peering into the moist maw of one patient after another — seeing the incipient rot noting the early signs of mortality — has only exacerbated his angst This is a man who can’t get a puppy because someday it might die; he doesn’t want kids because that would take suicide off the tableAnd so he has poured his enthusiasm into one hobby and relationship after another only to grow bored — or to frighten away the objects of his affection Even God has proved inadeuate to his boundless zeal “I would have liked to believe in God” he tells us but church is just “a place to be bored in” and the Bible offers only “firmament superlong middle part Jesus”These erratic musings of a “misanthropic and chronically unhappy” man are interrupted one day by a mysterious encounter “My life didn’t really begin” Paul tells us “until several months before the fateful Red Sox summer of 2011” Someone he doesn’t know well insists on having a tooth extracted without any anesthetic; instead the patient wants to rely on Tibetan meditation techniues “I’m not actually here physically” the man claims As you might expect that doesn’t work well but as the patient leaves he whispers “I’m going to Israel I’m an Ulm and so are you”That enigmatic remark trips a cascade of strange events starting with the creation of a nice looking Web site for Paul’s practice — a Web site that Paul never sanctioned nor reuested If this is identity theft it seems like the best kind to suffer But while Paul tries to shut down that unauthorized site phony Twitter and Facebook accounts using his name start offering comments about the modern day descendants of AmalekIf you know the Hebrew Bible you may recognize the Amalekites as the ancient and eternal enemy of the Jews but Paul of course has never managed to make it past “the barren wives and the kindred wraths and all the rest of it” Now however he’s infected by curiosity about this faux version of himself online and soon he’s drawn into a labyrinth of Web sites either condemning the Amalekites or celebrating them as an ancient sect of religious doubters who have been unfairly maligned It’s just the sort of occult incendiary debate that metastasizes all over the Internet inflaming anti Semites alarming the Anti Defamation­ League and leaving Paul ever entangled in the strident uasi academic claims of shadowy kooks While ignoring his patients and frightening his staff he grows convinced of his own seriousness and sincerityThe great challenge of creating a manic depressive narrator is conveying the intensity of his mania without forcing readers to endure the tedium of actual mania Although Ferris reportedly cut hundreds of pages from “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” he has managed to preserve the novel’s meandering gait the artless associative jumps and swings of a man flailing aboutThere are still long patches of blather; three pages about hand lotion for instance exemplify the author’s tendency toward self indulgence And some stale jokes about social media addiction should remind everyone that Dave Eggers’s “The Circle” has exhausted that line of satire But at his best which is most of the time Ferris spins Paul’s observations and reflections into passages of flashing comedy that sound like a stand up theologian suffering a nervous breakdownIn the novel’s weirdest and most daring sections Paul describes his longstanding attraction to Judaism despite his confirmed atheism Why he wonders can’t he join with the community of the faithful without swallowing the demands of belief? If he can’t be Jewish can he be say “Jewish ish”? In the dark folds of despair he fails to detect the offensive strains of his desperate ­philo Semitism ­Howard Jacobson explored some of these issues in his eually plotless comic novel “The Finkler uestion” which won the Booker Prize in 2010 Ferris’s book is less polished but ultimately it’s better for that raggedness — poignant tragic For all Paul’s ludicrous ravings about the Red Sox and a Lost Tribe and the girlfriends who got away he’s frightened of something profound and universal “The day is hard enough Don’t leave me alone with the night” he pleads For all his fleeting affections and loony obsessions he knows “What separated the living from one another could be as impenetrable as whatever barrier separated the living from the dead”You can rinse now But you won’t get the taste of this harrowing story out of your mouthFrom The Washington Post

  4. says:

    Number of times I laughed up to page 50 0Number of times I chortled up to page 50 0Number of times I grinned broadly up to page 50 0Number of times I smiled uietly up to page 50 0Number of times I very slightly smirked up to page 50 0Number of times I thought that Philip Roth David Foster Wallace Nicholson Baker and a couple of others whose names escape me could do this sort of angsty white middle class monologuing nitpicking mournful modern life is rubbish thing a whole lot better 40

  5. says:

    I have literally no idea why this is even longlisted The first 50ish pages were alright That was it The main character seemed like an interesting guy at the start before all the arduous religious stuff In many ways this felt like a Coen brother's film but that is a massive insult to the Coens I'm not angry with this book I'm just disappointed It could have been brilliant but it really wasn't It was boring And that's the worst possible thing a book could be

  6. says:

    Warning This review is not grammatically correct It is also rambling and incoherentmuch like this book was Though expertly performed by Campbell Scott listening to this audio became almost painful What began as an entertaining character study of an enigmatic lonely brilliant successful depressed nerdy misunderstood death obsessed atheist Red Sox fanatic and dentist who was also addicted to yet repulsed by technology uickly devolved into what was akin to listening to the inner monologue of a lunatic Oh and he also needed to clarify every single thought he ever had in every conversation ruminate on past and present perceived failings his own and everyone else's uestion the meaning of most things with a why bother if we're just going to die? thought process about everything and repeat a lot of thingslike me machine and how much he loved his old girlfriend's family actually both girlfriend's families Add in his office staff a billionaire a researchercult leader said person's assertion that the dentist was a member of this ancient people and needed to admit this and join them inI'm not sure what lots of religious uotes and a very very long dense history lesson on Amalek the Amalekites the Ulms with much about Catholicism and Judaism Are you still with me? Do you even want to be?I was so glad when this was over It was too intense and the epilogue was baffling Really? That's the end? That said it was sometimes entertaining and funny I recognize it merits though I would not recommend it to anyone 2 starsAre you still with me?

  7. says:

    Disclaimer I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is not a bad book; it just appears to have been written for an audience so specific that I'm not sure it really even exists As the cover art suggests it combines a mishmash of topics baseball Judaism and dentistry primarily But while there's some logic to how all of these things fit together they never uite add up to a cohesive whole The synopsis purports that it is the story of a man who is horrified to find that someone is impersonating him on social media but while this is technically true it fails to hint at the philosophical and religious complexities that arise as a resultIn short this is not the comic novel I expected For one I didn't actually find it all that funny Amusing yes Thought provoking sure But I don't think the book is marketed in a way that captures what it is really about Its message will speak to some readers but not necessarily those who are looking for a humorous meditation on social media It is barely about that which makes it at once ambitious and unwieldy than I expected Ultimately it was not the novel I wanted it to be which is not necessarily a criticism of the novel it is Ferris is undoubtedly a talented writer—I just didn't find the particular world of this novel to be all that compelling

  8. says:

    I really tried to finish reading this book struggled through 180 pages and could go no further The real killer for me was the seemingly endless ridiculous dissertations seemingly from the Bible to the main character from an unknown being who had stolen his identity on the internetdescription on the back cover and the first pages seemed interesting but it went uickly downhill from there

  9. says:

    Paul finds all significance draining from his life leaving a gaping hollow that nothing can fill not even his obsessive and highly ritualised love of the Red Sox When he looks around he sees that other people tend to be grounded in communities family religion whatever Paul would very much like to belong too Perfection would be to be an atheist Jew that sense of belonging but without the effort of imagining a supernatural being in the sky Paul reaches contentment when he stops wanting to be something he isn't That's it reallyThis was uite amusing until it wasn't Then it was heavy going and only got read because I was stuck in a doctor's waiting room Actually that was embarrassing I can't stand the phone hardly ever use it so when my ancient mobile recently fried I set about informing the three people who have me on their contact list that the number was now defunct as I wouldn't bother getting a new one One suggested that I could have her old dumb phone Yeah I s'ppose why not put the sim card in so we did and it worked and with a bit of assistance I even managed to write an sms and then promptly forgot the thing So there I was sitting in this overflowing waiting room is that the sign of a good doctor or a bad one? when there was the irritating trill of a mobile phone ring tone Everyone including me looked around to see whose it was and why didn't that person bloody well answer? I think you can guess the restThat anecdote is not entirely irrelevant to the book as it is one where every character spends an inordinate amount of time staring into their 'me machines' as Ferris calls them Yup

  10. says:

    Received this book as a First Reads giveaway and it absolutely blew me away What rock have I been under that this is the first time I've heard of Joshua Ferris? His books are now on my to read listThe main character in this novel is Dr Paul O'Rourke DDS Paul is a walking bundle of anxiety looking for answers to some very primal uestions He has no family to speak of so continually tries to attach himself to people with what appear to be happy home lives even if he has nothing in common with them His love life is on hold; he's had 4 girlfriends in his life including one from grade school He has no hobbies or interests other than following the Red Socks his dead father's team but he only enjoyed doing so when they were underdogs; now that they've become winners he watches all their games hoping they'll go back to losing He's a confirmed atheist but wants to be involved in a religion if only for the feeling of belongingIn spite of all the above he's a funny and witty character who engages in outlandish dialogues with his hygienist Betsy a devout Catholic who tries to instill some of her faith in him The author uses a device that I've never seen before He will describe an encounter between Paul and Betsy as if it were a phone conversation with Betsy's comments written out but Paul's responses and uestions only noted as then I said or I answered We're left to fill in his contributions to their conversations which we imagine are both hysterically funny and wildly inappropriateThis is the story of a man who's lonely in the middle of Manhattan looking for someone or something to make life meaningful His journey is humorous and touching I got completely caught up his struggle to make a real rather than virtual connection with the world a situation that many people in this era can certainly relate toI highly recommend this book to anyone who wants than just uick read as it's left me thinking even after turning the last page and putting it down

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