To rise again at a decent hour : a novel /

by Ferris, Joshua [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2014]Edition: First edition.Description: 337 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0316033979 (hardback) :; 9780316033978 (hardback); 0316371475 (international); 9780316371476 (international).Title notes: $26.00 6-2014 (db)Subject(s): Online identity theft -- Fiction | Self-doubt -- Fiction | Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction | Psychological fiction | Humorous fictionSummary: 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.Summary: "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" -- from publisher's web site.
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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. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.

$26.00 6-2014 (db)

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" -- from publisher's web site.

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Ferris (Then We Came to the End) here examines what it means to exist in the contemporary world by presenting the story of Paul O'Rourke, a dentist in New York. O'Rourke's professional life is exemplary, but his personal life is a shambles. An atheist who longs for God, the son of a father who committed suicide and left his boy afraid of human connection (while at the same time longing for it), O'Rourke cannot even enjoy his beloved Red Sox without angst. What breaks the logjam is the sudden appearance of a web page, followed by a Twitter account and a Facebook page that have been created for him. The question is, by whom? VERDICT There are points in this novel where the story bogs down and, despite the excellent narration by Campbell Scott, the plot comes dangerously close to tedious. The patient listener will be rewarded in the end, however, by this story of doubt, religion, belonging, and living in the world today.-Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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