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TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Joshua Ferris

Ferris, Joshua

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ISBN 10: 0316033979 / ISBN 13: 9780316033978
Published by New York City, NY: Little Brown & Company, 2010
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 310 pages. Published in 2010. The author's third novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Joshua Ferris' "To Rise Again At A Decent Hour". A triumphant achievement. "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. A deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force" (Publisher's blurb). Ferris has a genuine understanding of and empathy for modern professional types (he was one himself before turning to writing full-time) : Advertising (in "Then We Came To The End"), The Law (in "The Unnamed"), and now, a rare literary character in Paul O'Rourke, a dentist, in whom he invests his probing questions about personal identity. That is, how human beings identify themselves (to others and to themselves) in a world that actively challenges and undermines who they think and believe they are. An absolute "must-have" title for Joshua Ferris collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Joshua Ferris. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2007 for "Then We Came To The End". Finalist for the Booker Prize in 2014 for "To Rise Again At A Decent Hour". Joshua Ferris was selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSHUA FERRIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316033979. Bookseller Inventory # 19009

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Title: TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR - Rare ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Little Brown & Company, 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning.

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

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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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: Paul O'Rourke defines himself as three things: a dentist, a die-hard Red Sox fan, and an atheist. He's also a bit of a jerk, which is why, when someone sets up a fake website for his dental practice, Paul has trouble figuring out who is responsible. But a synopsis of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour can hardly do justice to a novel that is constantly changing shape and context. What begins as a stirring questioning of personal identity later evolves into a poignant meditation on the value of community, before transforming again into something entirely different. As with his previous novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed, the paths of Joshua Ferris's narrative intentions are windy and at times unclear. But patient readers will find that when the author pulls the story from out of the woods, the things Ferris has to say about humanity are curiously and devastatingly observed. ---Kevin Nguyen

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