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Apr 21 2016
Writer Joshua Ferris, who reads at Cúirt this Saturday, has been variously described as "one of America’s sharpest observers of 21st century life" (Daily Express ), a "Virgil of the disaffected" (LA Times ) and "a gifted satirist very much in touch with the fear and paranoia that undercuts US society" (The Irish Times ).
His writing is both hilarious and engrossing, and his three novels to date, Then We Came To The End, The Unnamed, and To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, have firmly established him as one of the leading American authors of his generation.
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, Ferris’s most recent novel, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize. In it, his considerable gifts for comedy and philosophical speculation are given full expression as Ferris holds forth on mobile phones, the internet, city living, obscure Biblical sects and, not least, the importance of flossing.
The novel’s central character is New York dweller Paul O'Rourke, a man of many contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone (his ‘me machine’ as he calls it ), a dentist with a nicotine habit, an obsessive Red Sox fan who frets about their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.
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