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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel (udgave 2014)

af Joshua Ferris

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After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O'Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself. "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" --… (mere)
Medlem:RichLeComte
Titel:To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel
Forfattere:Joshua Ferris
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2014), Hardcover, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour af Joshua Ferris

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    Finklerspørgsmålet af Howard Jacobson (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Both books have divorced, aimless protagonists who develop a fondness for Judaism as a way of finding family.
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Like a lot of people, I really enjoyed Joshua Ferris's "Then We Came to the End," but I had some misgivings when I purchased this one, his follow-up novel. His decision to use a first-person plural narrator in that novel worked out really well, but was it just a gimmick? And the middle portion of that book, in which the author played it much straighter, wasn't that novel's strongest section. Maybe this guy was a one-hit wonder.

It turns out that "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" isn't a bad novel, but I'm not sure it's a really good novel, either. At least it's different, both structurally and thematically, from his big hit. Where "When We Came to the End" explored the relatively flimsy bonds we form at work, this novel describes the much stronger bonds we form through family and community. It relates the adventures of Paul C. O'Rourke, DDS, spiritual seeker and very lonely man. Dr. O'Rourke, a nonbeliever who was raised in a small, unhappy family desperately craves kinship with others, and takes as his models the families of two ex-girlfriends, one Catholic and the other Jewish, the latter of which still works as his receptionist. One of his dental hygienists is a practicing RC and has that angle covered. One day a mysterious website appears in his name and, after some investigation, Paul discovers he may be the descendant of a long-lost tribe of what I can only call aggressive agnostics, which more or less turns his world upside-down.

Frankly, I feel that how much you'll like this book probably depends on how much you like Dr. O'Rourke. His voice -- intelligent, sarcastic, emotionally helpless -- more or less dominates the novel, for good or ill. He is, in the tradition of dozens of Woody Allen characters, a verbose neurotic who seems to be able to provide exacting descriptions of all of his problems. His business is successful but his life is inhibited and regimented to the point of utter tedium. He's the kind of Red Sox fan who tapes every game and watches every pitch the next day. I think that there's sort of a verisimilitude problem here: most depressed people I know -- and most people who search for answers to the Big Questions, I expect -- tend to be less organized and driven than average, not more. And even though I'm a Red Sox fan myself and know for a fact that Ferris gets all of his team lore exactly right, I'm not sure if this facet of the book isn't a little too cutesy. There's some good storytelling here, especially toward the end, and some likable characters, and some sharp observation, too. There's also a lot about dentistry, and funnily enough, these bits might be the novel's most enjoyable parts. Ferris has obviously done his research, and the way that Dr. O'Rourke thinks about teeth, which shows both scientific rigor and the light touch of a true craftsman, actually makes dental work seem exciting, even vitally alive. Ferris hasn't lost his touch for clever dialogue -- he suggests that some of the arguments about religion that the characters engage in here have been repeated so many times that we really need hear only one side of them to understand what's going on. Maybe there's issues that comic novelists -- even clever comic novelists like Ferris -- should leave alone.

Except that I kind of think that "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" does make some good points. The alienation and yearning to belong that Dr. O'Rourke, an innate nonbeliever and not much of a joiner,feels seems convincing, and the book might be said to revolve around whether he could possibly achieve the sense of belonging and love that many religious people feel without faith in something. Can you make a faith out of doubt and intellectual probity? Is faith really necessary for happiness? By the time the book ends, Ferris seems to have ably demonstrated how even the nonbelievers among us are forced to take a lot about our existence on faith. Well, the novel makes some other points, too, but maybe you get the picture. In short, this novel has its strong points, but I'm not convinced it's as successful as the author's blockbuster. Dr. O'Rourke might call it a sophomore slump. ( )
2 stem TheAmpersand | Jan 26, 2021 |
"People have all this resentment against their parents for fucking them up, but they never realize, the minute they have a kid, that they cease being the child so fondly victimized in their hearts and start being the benighted perpetrators of unfathomable pain" (80-81).

  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I have read Then We Came to the End by this author and really liked it. But this novel does not measure up even though it was short-listed for the Booker Prize. This is a dense and repetitive novel. There were times when I asked myself: "Where's this going?" and "What's the point?" I found it boring and tiring with unlikable characters.

The irritating protagonist, Paul, is a successful New York City dentist whose identity is stolen online. He is shocked that something like this can happen and tries to deal with it, very unsuccessfully. Paul is obsessive, weird, lonely, and wants to belong to society, but doesn't have a clue. He is a fanatic Red Sox fan and an atheist who is searching for religion. That search becomes an obsession and the result is the uninteresting subplot. For me, his search was all over the place and it was confusing at times.

The first 50 pages were interesting but it went downhill from there. In fairness to the author, there were some amusing moments. ( )
  pegmcdaniel | Dec 23, 2020 |
I really liked Joshua Ferris' earlier books that I was surprised that I did not enjoy this one. I found myself not connecting with the selfish main character and therefore not caring what happened to him. ( )
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
Not as satisfying as Ferris's first two books. It was written more obviously as a comic novel like something by Sam Lipsyte and comic novels are things I tend to admire more than enjoy. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
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— and to watch as O’Rourke is slowly seduced out of his doubts about this group, whose sole philosophical flag is doubt, is one of the pleasures in a book filled with them.
tilføjet af ozzer | RedigerNew York Times, Lauren Groff (May 16, 2014)
 
The second thing to say is that this book is obscenely, inventively hilarious..... Reading this book in public places you in danger of being taken for drunk or mentally ill. ...For Ferris, the inability to take language for granted is what makes him one of the most dynamic writers of his generation.
 
And somehow, out of this deeply twisted comic novel, Ferris finds a stirring, deeply felt message about faith, though not necessarily a positive one...Of course, there's more to it than that, and there's more to this novel than can be described in one (or, frankly, many) reviews. 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. Something can never be anything, as O'Rourke notes, but Ferris' triumphant book is everything you could want from a novel of faith and its opposite — whatever that may be.
tilføjet af vancouverdeb | RedigerNPR
 
And whatever reservations you might have about the overall shape of the thing, or how its various set pieces are stitched together, you cannot deny that this is a genuinely funny book. Not funny in the wry-smirk way of so many “comic” novels. Actually funny. ...What follows is a comic theological thriller in the vein of Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union...Part of the problem is reconciling the gags with the gravitas. That Ferris makes it work so often is the mark of his considerable talent; that he sometimes fails is the mark of his ambition for his writing.
 
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After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O'Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself. "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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