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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

by Joshua Ferris

Rated: DIRT

Paul O’Rourke is a dentist. He’s single. He lives in New York City. His voice, as written by Joshua Ferris, is a bit annoying and particular but entertaining all the same.

And that’s all I know. I never got to get into the story because just 26 pages in, there were already seven completely gratuitous f-words and two vulgar sexual references, and it seemed their use would be consistent throughout the rest of the book. I decided I just didn’t want to read that high concentration of crudeness just in the name of style. So the book may be interesting and well written but I won’t find out.

Rated: DIRT. I didn’t invest any more reading time.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
  • by Joshua Ferris
  • Rated: DIRT
  • Genre: Fiction
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