To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

by Joshua Ferris


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ISBN-13: 9780316033992
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 665,408
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joshua Ferris is the author of two other novels, Then We Came to the End, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The Unnamed. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories. Ferris was chosen for The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers in 2010. He lives in New York.

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book about the banalities of a career, our beliefs, and what makes us who we are and what we do. The main character, Paul O'Rourke, is your common man but a willful thinker. A dentist. More of an agnositc than atheist--although he claims he's an atheist. "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" is a quintessential look at modern America in the 21st century and how we perceive our lives. There's some tension but Ferris does a good job of not using it as the backbone of the story. I found the book closer to range and style to "Then We Came to the End."  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I have ever read.  The author starts with an interesting premise - what if someone impersonated you on-line.  But then he makes up a mythical religion which was tedious.  His comments on Judaism and Catholicism (of which there were many) were superficial and sometimes inaccurate.  The rest of the book is his musings on mundane topics.  Who needs to read 3 pages about people who use hand lotion at work?  Don't waste your precious time or money.
emannepnyc More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest books I've read in a while. Although as the book went on the story became a little tangled in its own underwear. But all in all, a great discussion about life, romance and religion.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
This book deserves to be a nominee for any award that you can think of.  It is not only unique and thought-provoking but well-written as well.  I am not going to summarize the plot for you.  That just takes away from the experience of reading this book.  I really cannot think of any other books that compare to this one.  This book is one of my all-time favorites and is a must read for anyone who likes to question the meaning of life.  I can't wait to read whatever Joshua Ferris comes up with next.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book. I did not care what happened to Paul, or why. I was not engaged with the history and mystery he was being led to discover. I was not engaged with why anyone would do what they did to Paul. I skipped full pages of blathering about baseball and his obsession with ex-girlfriends' families. I can see the need for belonging to something bigger than oneself as an interesting premise for a novel. This was just a boring and obscure way to tell that story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Snappy and introspective with a certain amount of slightly puzzling theology plus baseball. The anxieties and internal dialogue of the main character as well as his hilarious exchanges with the women in his office are exceptionally well-written. The sense that he has of not belonging and never being in step with everyone else is funny and heartbreaking all at once. I found some elements of the Ulms and religion a bit confusing in terms of how it's used as an underlying theme, (plus baseball!) and that slowed me down a bit trying to piece it together. It gets at the heart of the distance created by modern day technology that's supposed to allow us to be closer together, and how isolating a reliance on it can become.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is decently written, but I got sick of the narrator quickly and wanted the book to be over quickly. I personally didn't find the main protagonist to be likable and his self-loathing and misanthropy made the book hard to invest in. Also, it's told in a first person past tense narrative as if he is recounting these events much later, but he provides way too much detail for this type of narrative to be believable which threw me out of the story. At one point he is recounting a story that another person is telling and he writes it as an entire scene with dialogue exchanges and everything, even though the person telling the story wouldn't have told it with that level of detail and there is no way the narrator would remember that much of the story even if she did. There is good character development and the overall arc of the story is imaginative, but the issues made me just want to speed read through and be done with it already. 2.5 stars.
Ell-V-Stellavine More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, I loved it completely up until the 7th-8th chapter and then the humor kind of vanished and i personally feel as if i was reading pages and pages of irrelevant information that didn't make the story any more interesting. The endin also seemed a bit anti-climatic. When i was finished i literally told myself "I Read all of this just for that ending!" but these are jut my thoughts.
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This was a funny and thought provoking book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing, great for making you reflect on life, its meaning, and where you are headed.
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anonomas More than 1 year ago
Bad. Very, very bad!