On my Wishlist : To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

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This is a book that was listed in the goodreads list of new releases in May and from what I’ve read about it, it seems as if it would be an interesting, if slightly difficult read. What drew me to it, though, is the premise of the book which is as follows:

Paul O’Rourke – dentist extraordinaire, reluctant New Yorker, avowed atheist, disaffected Red Sox fan, and a connoisseur of the afternoon mochaccino – is a man out of touch with modern life.

While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with regret, as he ponders his mistakes with his ex-girlfriend (and receptionist) Connie, and alternately marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity.

So it goes, until someone begins to impersonate Paul online. He watches in impotent horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name to promote a little-known ancient religion.

And yet what began as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something far more soul-frightening: the possibility that the virtual ‘Paul’ might be a better version of the man in the flesh…

Paul does not sound like a particularly cheerful protagonist, he has a ton of OCDs and he seems to spend all his time agonizing about everything.

The reviews of this book are wonderfully varied. Some people love this book, some of them hate it, some thought it was funny, others thought it was too heavy, but whether they liked it or not, it is clear that this book has made an impact on them. Maybe that’s why I want to read it. 

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