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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, NPR.org

"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, Salon.com

"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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Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 352 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown and Company (13 mai 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0316033979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316033978
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,5 x 3,2 x 24,8 cm
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Amazon Customer le 28 juillet 2014
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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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101 internautes sur 106 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent in the beginning 7 juin 2014
Par Daniel Holland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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.
41 internautes sur 46 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The book that made me floss religiously 17 mai 2014
Par bananas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.
23 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
If you like reading e-mails and quasi old testament-like stories, you might like it 17 juin 2014
Par J. Luiz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Ferris's first novel is one of my all-time favorites. The premise of his second one didn't grab me, so I didn't read it, but I was excited for the opportunity to read another one of his books. There is no denying Ferris has a lot of talent and is incredibly clever, but once I started it, this was not a book I was eager to get back to. As is clear from other reviews, the protagonist is a bit of a misanthropic dentist who finds that someone has taken over his identity and has created a Web page and Twitter account in his name, posting material on some obscure religion (with incendiary and anti-Semitic implications that they were more persecuted than the Jews). A lot of the book is the e-mail exchange between the dentist and the person who has assumed his online identity. I just didn't find these long, continuous and eventually repetitive e-mail exchanges an interesting read. And then the long tales of the lost tribe and religion the identity thief says the dentist belongs to reads like long sections of the old Testament. What action happens outside these sections is mostly the staff at the dentist's office being upset about the online posts. It just doesn't feel like a three-dimensional novel with lots of characters engaged in compelling drama that offers intriguing insights into their characters. Simply put, this was a big disappointment for me. Ferris is experimenting with lots of different ways of storytelling, and he has big themes here about religion and tribal identity, but this one didn't work for me.
27 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
I really hated this guy until I didn't. 13 mai 2014
Par Amelia Gremelspacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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.
19 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
First chapter amazing, then hellish 4 juillet 2014
Par T.J. Sullivan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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