** To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is written as a highly sophisticated stream of consciousness story starring a workaholic dentist who dates his own staff (to save time, one imagines), and is suddenly ambushed by a mysterious man who creates a fake website for his business and slowly adds to his fake social presence, forcing him to confront the man and eventually get sucked into his (most improbable) story of a lost tribe. I thought the first third or half of the book was brilliant: the dentist with the messy personal life is just too entertaining (and who knows what our own dentists are thinking about while our mouths are open and dialog inexistent). Unfortunately, I found the unlikely denouement to be too far-fetched.

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