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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris



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18 September 2014
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
MAN BOOKER SHORTLIST 2014 ----- Introducing Paul O'Rourke: New Yorker, dentist and reluctant non-believer. Modern life disappoints him, and love never solves any of his problems. Then someone steals his identity and starts impersonating Paul online. A cruel invasion of privacy, the real horror is yet to come: this virtual 'Paul', preaching an obscure, ancient religion, might just be a better, happier person than the real deal. Anxious to find out who is responsible for this disturbing turn of events, Paul embarks on a quest which will see him confront the meaning of life, the inevitability of death and the importance of good oral hygiene.
By:   Joshua Ferris
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   252g
ISBN:   9780141047386
ISBN 10:   0141047380
Publication Date:   18 September 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

People who can make comedy from human tragedy are rare and wonderful. It's an incredibly hard thing to do and takes a kind of genius to deliver it on the page -- Peter Florence, founder of Hay Literary Festival The CATCH-22 of dentistry -- Stephen King Ferris is famously good at writing about the workplace . . . and very good at portraying a man whose job is fixing teeth * London Review of Books * A riotously funny novel, whose narrator is engagingly out of step with the world around him. As engrossing as it is uproarious. * Spectator * To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a funny novel, by turns ha-ha, peculiar and, like O'Rourke himself, suspended between heaven and earth * Independent * Joshua Ferris has been heralded as one of America's sharpest observers of 21st-century life and, reading his third novel, it's easy to see why. To Rise Again At A Decent Hour has the immediacy and the trenchant satire of a brilliant stand-up routine as well as the big ideas and the in-depth research of a brilliant academic paper * Express * This is fierce, pithy, unforgiving satire, taking a sledgehammer to all-American cracker-barrel homeliness. Its comic energy is fuelled by disgust and exasperation, in the tradition of Roth and Heller and John Kennedy O'Toole. But Ferris is also a dab hand at more delicate humour, every bit as contemporary . . . Ferris is very funny . . . His voice is unique -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * A hoot . . . There's a tincture of Pynchonian paranoia a la The Crying of Lot 49 here, and a dash, too, of the kitchen-sink comic winsomeness that the Dave Eggers generation brought to US literary fiction * FT * Compelling but never cheap, inventive but never obscure . . . Ferris has secured his status as exactly the sort of mainstream literary novelist American fiction needs * Independent on Sunday * Joshua Ferris excels at mordantly comic novels about ordinary people in crisis . . . he writes with brio about the modern condition * Metro * Brilliant . . . witty . . . passages of flashing comedy that sound like a stand-up theologian suffering a nervous breakdown * Washington Post * It is completely wonderful . . . Good god he is talented -- Sarah Jessica Parker Funny and surprisingly moving * Glamour * Returns Ferris to the comedy of the workplace . . . his writing is so fresh and modern - a comedian's sense of timing mixed with a social critic's knack for shaking the bushes * Interview Magazine * Laugh-out-loud hilarious, combining Woody Allen's New York nihilism with an Ivy League vocabulary * Booklist * Ferris [is] a Virgil of the disaffected . . . This is the novel's peculiar brilliance, to uncover its existential stakes in the most mundane tasks * LA Times * An engrossing and hilariously bleak novel about a dentist being shook out of his comfortable atheism . . . This splintering of the self hasn't been performed in fiction so neatly since Philip Roth's Operation Shylock' * Boston Globe * It's a pleasure watching this young writer confidently range from the registers of broad punchline comedy to genuine spiritual depth . . . There's a happy side effect to reading the novel, as well: If you're a backslider like I was, it will guilt you into flossing again * Wall Street Journal * Joshua Ferris has proved his astonishing ability to spin gold from ordinary air . . . As brave and adept as any writer out there * New York Times Book Review * Geek-smart prose and wry humour . . . hilarious -- Economist Very funny [and] highly entertaining . . . Josh Ferris is a gifted satirist and very much in touch with the fear and paranoia that undercut US society * Irish Times * 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 * Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent . . . a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut * Kirkus * Genuine, funny, tragic and never dull. It'll also leave you flossing with a vengeance -- GQ Funny in the way that only really serious books can be * Guardian * Glorious . . . A very, very funny novel. If misanthropy's going to come from anywhere it's from a lifetime's confrontation with halitosis * BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review * A genuinely funny book. Not funny in the wry-smirk way of so many 'comic' novels. Actually funny * Telegraph *

  • Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014
  • Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.
  • Winner of Dylan Thomas Prize 2014
  • Winner of Dylan Thomas Prize 2014.

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