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Read "to rise again" as part of the MashableReada book club. I struggled to get into the book, initially finding the narrator entirely repugnant, but was surprised how the last quarter of the novel flew by. There are moments when Ferris' prose is stunning, but those are countered by moments when the prose overshadows or even obliterates what message Ferris might be trying to share with us. I wasn't sure exactly how to rate the book, based on my early hatred of the central figure and the ease at ...more
I love you, Joshua Ferris, and your talent is obvious and significant. That said - this book's protagonist made me cringe, I found the plot to be weak, and I did not understand a seemingly (?) major plot-point at the end. There's humor, heart, and important questions here but they just aren't enough to offset the myriad of problems contained in the text. ...more