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Joshua Ferris
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"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is beautifully written. It's also funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the Catch-22 of dentistry, but it's sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author's invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books."—Stephen King

"This is one of the funniest, saddest, sweetest novels I've read since Then We Came to the End. When historians try to understand our strange, contradictory era, they would be wise to consult To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. It captures what it is to be alive in early 21st-century America like nothing else I've read."—Anthony Marra, author of New York Times bestseller A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

"Gut-bustingly funny... its wit is so sharp, its fake-biblical texts ... so clever and its reach so big ... It's an eminently worthy nominee for the Booker Prize or any other... a major achievement."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

A "wry, intelligent novel that adroitly navigates the borderland between the demands of faith and the persistence of doubt...In seizing upon both the transitory oddities of contemporary life and our enduring search for meaning, Joshua Ferris has created a winning modern parable...He's a gifted satirist with a tender heart, and if he continues to find targets as worthy as the ones he skewers here, his work should amuse and enlighten us for many years to come."—Shelf Awareness

"Enjoy the first great novel about social-media identity theft. . . . It's an atheist's pilgrimage in search not of God but of community . . . O'Rourke's search feels genuine, funny, tragic, and never dull. It'll also leave you flossing with a vengeance."—Boris Kachka, GQ

"[Ferris] shrewdly stages a kind of theological symposium in [an] uncomfortably intimate place, conducted halfway between levity and overeager sincerity... It's a pleasure watching this young writer confidently range from the registers of broad punchline comedy to genuine spiritual depth. The complementary notes of absurdity, alienation and longing read like Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller customized for the 21st Century."—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"A novel that raises questions about meaning and belonging, even if the only answer is that we will never know...This is the novel's peculiar brilliance, to uncover its existential stakes in the most mundane tasks...[a] curiously provocative novel."—David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour reminds us that even existential suffering can prove both charming and hilarious...Ferris has written an arresting novel, a playfully ironic riff on how a man can come to know himself...the cumulative effect of the novel tugs the heart just as surely as it sparks the mind."—Bruce Machart, Houston Chronicle

"Brilliant...Ferris has managed to blend the clever satire of his first book...with the grinding despair of his second . . . The result is a witty story. 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 breakdown."— Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"An engrossing and hilariously bleak novel . . . This splintering of the self hasn't been performed in fiction so neatly since Philip Roth's Operation Shylock."—John Freeman, Boston Globe

"A story made exhilarating by Ferris' wickedly dark humor and keen intelligence. The brilliant prose...never preens. It simply pulls the reader along in an effortlessly smooth ride. Ferris makes the tug-of-war between Paul's searching mind and his low spirits utterly fascinating...Ferris' three novels place him in grand company among our younger novelists. . . . All the same, he's a unique American original."—Dan Cryer, The San Francisco Chronicle

"Ferris's trademark blend of dark satire and ominous absurdity suits his subject, and his focus on one character allows him to perform a psychological excavation of his subject in conjunction with his examination of modern life...The result is a stimulating, bittersweet read."—Claire Fallon, The Huffington Post

"The author has proved his astonishing ability to spin gold from ordinary air . . . Ferris's third novel falls somewhere between the voice-driven power of the first [novel] and the idea-driven metaphor of the second . . . [He] remains as brave and adept as any writer out there."— Lauren Goff, The New York Times Book Review

"[An] alternately sad and hilarious new book...To Rise Again at a Decent Hour showcases the wit, intelligence and keen eye for workplace absurdity the author displayed to such great effect in his first novel . . . a welcome outlet for Ferris' enormous virtuosity as a philosopher and storyteller. Ferris raises profound questions about the role of faith, not just in belonging, but in living."— Daniel Akst, Newsday

"[Ferris has] the keen ability to traverse the high wire of satire and lyricism, to at once write a sentence that can drop a reader's jaw, then make them giggle in the next . . . a writer perfectly at ease with both the bleakly absurd and the deeply humane, using them equally in hopeful pursuit of a redemptive truth."—Gregg LaGambina, The A.V. Club

"Suffice it to say that To Rise Again at a Decent Hour isn't just one of the best novels of the year, it's one of the funniest, and most unexpectedly profound, works of fiction in a very long time."—Michael Schaub,

"With almost Pynchon-esque complexity, Ferris melds conspiracy and questions of faith in an entertaining way...Full of life's rough edges, the book resists a neat conclusion, favoring instead a simple scene that is comic perfection... Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent, this shows a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut."—Kirkus (Starred Review)

"A stunner, an unnerving portrait of a man stripped of civilization's defenses. Ferris's prose is brash, extravagant, and, near the end, chillingly beautiful."—The New Yorker

"Spellbinding....The Unnamed unfolds in a hushed, shadowed dimension located somewhere between myth and a David Mamet play."—Laura Miller,

"Arresting, ground-shifting, beautiful and tragic. This is the book a new generation of writers will answer to. No one in America writes like this."—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure

Présentation de l'éditeur

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning.

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 étoiles sur 5 Interesting! 28 juillet 2014
Par F. Adkins
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I felt I should have enjoyed it more than I did. Eventually what was interesting was simply over complicated and contrived. I felt manipulated. Interesting describes it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent in the beginning 7 juin 2014
Par Daniel Holland - Publié sur
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 étoiles sur 5 The book that made me floss religiously 17 mai 2014
Par bananas - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
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 étoiles sur 5 I really hated this guy until I didn't. 13 mai 2014
Par Amelia Gremelspacher - Publié sur
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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 étoiles sur 5 A funny and marvelous exploration of everything we are. Awesome book. 13 mai 2014
Par Ryan J. Dejonghe - Publié sur
“Ha, ha.” As far as epigraphs go, these two interjectory words from the book of Job do as good a job as any at describing the book’s content: humorous, yet poignant.

At first, I was laughing along at reading about the life of a seemingly obsessive Manhattan dentist: taping every Red Sox game for 30 years; ruminating about being an outsider to the clique of hand lotion users; upset at not knowing the celebrities on a tabloid’s front cover—but then I realized it. This dentist could be any one of us. TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a marvelous exploration of everything we are.

Paul O’Rourke plays that dentist that wonders such things as “why was I always on the outside looking in, always to the in?” Or, “We are consuming ourselves alive as our physical grotesqueries grow in direct proportion to our federal deficits and discount gun shops.” The author Joshua Ferris’s writing is such that it tickles you with one hand and slaps you aside the head with the other. Those quotes above, in context, were taken from the protagonist’s seemingly neurotic ruminations: funny, but powerful pondering points. Another of my favorites to kick around: “Everything was always something, but something—and here was the rub—could never be anything.”

O’Rourke’s life comes alive through Ferris’s skilled writing. For instance, when he wants to describe his poor upbringing, he doesn’t just say he had a poor upbringing; he says, “There were no poorly attended funerals in the Santacroce family, no scrounging for quarters under the car seats, non runs to the recycling center for macaroni money, no state-appointed psychologists; no suicides.” So much more is offered thanks to his lively descriptions. You’ll also be treated to some new terminologies (which I may have to borrow, too), such as the “me-machine”, the “thunderbox”, and being “c___ gripped” (as opposed to being “p____ whipped”).

This book is funny, yes, but so much, much more. You’ll sit beside O’Rourke as he watches people in the mall, and you’ll nod your head in agreement. When he upgrades his equipment in his office, you’ll get the point when he says “so that we could do everything electronically better than we could do it electronically before.” And when his e-mail tormentor replies to him, “what do you really know of your life?”, you’ll pause your reading, set the book in your lap, and think about what you really know of your life.

And if anything else, you’ll want to floss more.

Thank you Little, Brown and Company for sending this book to me for review: I really loved this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ferris's best novel 13 mai 2014
Par "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn - Publié sur
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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