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Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself.
Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.
At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love, and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.
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By JOHN on 01-24-15
One of My Favorites
This is one of my favorite books in quite some time. Without repeating the Publisher’s Summary, the story is told in the first person from the point of view of the central character, Park Avenue dentist Paul O’Rourke. It most certainly is an unusual and pleasantly quirky book that caught my attention from the beginning. I wasn’t sure where it was going, but I was captivated and eager to find out.
Brilliantly written, parts of the story are really funny although this book is not a comedy. It questions the existence of God, although it is not a book about religion. With many references to professional baseball, particularly the Boston Red Sox, it is not a book about sports.
Paul O’Rourke’s dental staff consists of three women – his ex-girlfriend and current office manager Connie (O’Rourke never did give her this work title), his hygienist and devoted Catholic Mrs. Betsy Convoy, and Abby; his assistant with whom he works eight hours a day but never converses with. He sees her eyes and feels she is judging him behind her pink paper mask.
In an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery about who created his unwitting online persona; a professional website for his practice, a personal Facebook page, and Twitter account (with lots of activity), Dr. O’Rourke is led down a rabbit hole that causes him to look at just who he is and his purpose in life.
Excellent book and perfectly narrated by Campbell Scott I give it Five Stars across the board. Highly recommended!
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By BeckyC on 12-06-14
Engaging and surprisingly moving book.
A wonderful book--I felt that I came to really know the characters, quirks and all, and I found the story to be very engaging. It was a surprisingly moving book as well. And very thought provoking too in getting at some of the big questions about life and how we find the strength to go on. But there is nothing heavy handed in the author's deft exploration of these issues.
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