The After Hours

The After Hours

by John Zur


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Philosophical. Social. Political. Satirical. Psychological. The After Hours tells the story of a young man who finds fault with the world and living a predictable life. As a means of trying to escape, and push the limits of this world that he deems to be materialistic and immoral, he and his friends turn to acts of violence, trying to change the world and pacify anti-societal rage at the same time. This game of John's becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy which tests his faith in God and himself. It is through a series of self-revelations, a desire for love, and a longing for a role in the greater scheme of life that shape the character. Reoccurring themes of social relationships, faith, satisfaction with oneself, and opposing society's ways are but a few of the subjects explored. What makes the protagonist and his peers different is how ordinary they appear until the sentiment festers within each of them to turn against the culture they feel trapped inside of. It is not until John understands his true nature that he tries to change for the better, but by that point it may be too late, as the apocalyptic ending that he has feared has come to life.

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ISBN-13: 9781420845693
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 04/12/2005
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.50(d)

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After purchasing the After Hours, I immediately began reading and found myself quite amused by the first chapter. It pulled off being a hook into the rest of the book splendidly well. As you read further, and begin to establish a kinship of sorts with the characters that you most identify with, you are pulled in entirely. John Zur's ability to use descriptions far less elaborately than a great deal of narrators while forcing the reader to elaborate on his or her own is brilliant. It is rather hard to accomplish incorporating mostly vague details without losing the reader. However, John has done so in The After Hours. The lack of elaboration brings a more thought provoking tone to the book's entirety. And in so, keeps the reader engaged until the very end. This book is a definite accomplishment and I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I immediately identified with the characters and wanted to know more and more about them. Some of the imagery that Zur used once painted such a vivid picture, I had to stop reading and ponder the image for a while. The characters in the book took on the most clever nicknames. It took me a while to catch this. As I was reading the book, I said to myself, 'I'm going to read this again when I'm done, so I can catch some of the stuff that I missed.'. I would strongly recommend this book to those of you who like to think. It was very different and well worth the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zur is the one of the great new prophets preaching the life of anti-social counter culture that exists in The City. Finally a refreshing, uninhibited look at a consumer driven culture that cares about nothing but the here and now. Zur conveys a young man who is in an inner struggle with his faith and morals while trying to cope with the world around him. This amazing new artist pulls no punches in this great look at a reality where nothing is as it seems. Be prepared to have your face melted off after reading this gripping, intense, page-turner. It leaves you wanting to turn on your Rage Against The Machine and grab your brass knuckles for a night of unadulterated mayhem!....or skiball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! i ran acroos this book and thought it looked interesting. when i started reading it, i couldn't put it down! this is by far the most interesting and lifechaging book i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book.I found myself pondering my own thoughts about contemporary issues. It is rare to find a good read that also makes you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not really one to finish a book in one sitting. But I couldn't seem to put this one down. It was like I was addicted to it and I would pick it back up without realizing it! It captured my attention as well as my imagination. Using real life scenarios and fictional scenarios, Zur reminisces of 'The good old days' as well as adding his own personal perspective of the life he and his friends may have wished they could have lived.