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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (2014, Hardcover Book)

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (2014, Hardcover Book)

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Synopsis
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.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.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 0316033979
ISBN-13 9780316033978
Key Details
Author Joshua Ferris
Number Of Pages 352 pages
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2014-05-13
Language English
Publisher Little Brown & Company
Publication Year 2014
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2014
Dimensions
Weight 20 Oz
Height 1.2 In.
Width 6.5 In.
Length 9.8 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Classification Method
LCCN 2014-931908
LC Classification Number PS3606.E774T67 2014
Dewey Decimal 813/.6
Dewey Edition 23
Reviews
"A portrait of a couple locked in an extreme version of a familiar conflict--the desire to stay together versus an inexplicable yearning to walk away.""Accomplished and daring.""An astonishing and compelling novel.""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.""Audacious, risky, and powerfully bleak, with the author's unflinching artistry its saving grace.""Spellbinding.... The Unnamed unfolds in a hushed, shadowed dimension located somewhere between myth and a David Mamet play.""Utterly compelling. . . . Ferris brilliantly channels the suburban angst of Yates and Cheever for the new millenium."PRAISE FOR THE UNNAMED: "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."