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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

Despite the supposed comical nature of this book (and it is acerbically funny, donít get me wrong) it deals with some pretty weighty thoughts and ideas. So much so that whilst initially sceptical about its Man Booker Prize listing I now find myself questioning its Ďblack sheepí of the shortlist status and whether or not it should actually be a favourite.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour follows the story of one Paul C. OíRourke, a dentist practising in New York and also a fairly staunch atheist.
What initially seems like a fairly run of the mill, cuttingly witty, middle aged white male life crisis type story, soon turns into an utterly absorbing rumination on faith, what it means to be Jewish and if we really need a god/the concept of god anymore. Oh, and add to this a few meanderings on the importance of flossing and caring for your teeth, what it must be like being a dentist, the Boston Red Sox and what it is about Baseball that some people find so enthralling.
In a case of stolen identity (or perhaps in this case borrowed) someone sets up a website for his dental practice and also creates both a Facebook page and Twitter feed in his name, starting a series of posts and tweets questioning god and the Jewish faith. Through this and his tracking down of the person impersonating him, OíRourke is forced to question his beliefs, existence and relationships both past and present with those around him. Iím not sure if the author is even Jewish or an Atheist or what inspired him to write from the point of view of a dentist (which he does incredibly well), and I suppose I could just look at the author bio at the back of the book but for some reason I donít want too as itís just so damn good.
This book is riveting for many of the reasons it shouldnít be (heís a dentist! and middle aged white man undergoing a life crisis, itís all been done before!)
I could not put this book down and at times was totally transfixed in reading it. What seems like a fairly run of the mill subject matter, that as I said has been well covered before, is written so very well and despite its wit really does make you think about faith a bit, about what it is to be Atheist, Jewish or both(!).
This really does deserve to be getting a much more elevated status on the Man Booker shortlist (and by the time this is up on the website the result may already be known), and I suspect many people are writing it off before having read it. I have not read a book this good in a long time and it is my pick for 2014. Hands down.


- Dan Mackay

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