Paul O'Rourke is a man out of touch with modern life. While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with darker thoughts, as he alternately marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity.
So it goes, until someone begins to impersonate Paul online. What began as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something far more soul-frightening: the possibility that the virtual 'Paul' might be a better version…
"Frenetic, very funny, it confirms Ferris as a rising star of American fiction" (Mail on Sunday)
"Dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be" (Guardian)
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The description for this novel is misleading
religious belief necessary?
Yes, beautiful writing. I also read his story in the New yorker a few months ago and was very impressed.
No. But I really enjoyed his reading of this book and would look for other recordings.
The plight of the various dental patients, a microcosm of misery.
Loved the way the dialogue with Mrs Convoy was handled.
Ferris writes very well, but I feel completely baffled by this novel about a dentist who finds himself impersonated on the internet. What is it about? The need for religious community to create a sense of belonging, even when we are non-believers?
I was further baffled by listening to the audio book which seems to be of a previous and longer draft. Interesting to see where cuts were made though.