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My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018)

por Ottessa Moshfegh

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It's early 2000 on New York City's Upper East Side, and the alienation of Moshfegh's unnamed young protagonist from others is nearly complete when she initiates her yearlong siesta, during which time she experiences limited personal interactions. Her parents have died; her relationships with her bulimic best friend Reva, an ex-boyfriend, and her drug-pushing psychiatrist are unwholesome. As her pill-popping intensifies, so does her isolation and determination to leave behind the world's travails. She is also beset by dangerous blackouts induced by a powerful medication.… (mais)
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The nameless narrator- a slim, beautiful, wealthy, seriously screwed -up New York 20-something retreats into a netherworld of drug-induced Lethe. To keep a novel going and the reader engaged on that basis is quite an achievement, and in a work quite as weird and surreal as "Eileen", Ms Moshfegh pretty much succeeds.
As her days and nights meld into one amorphous pill-popping, video-watching nothingness, punctuated by trips to her inept, enabling psychiatrist for more supplies; visits from a troubled friend and occasional contact with a predatory ex, one wonders how it can ever reach any kind of conclusion..
Clever, entertaining, well-written and entirely original. ( )
  starbox | Nov 27, 2020 |
It’s the year 2000. A beautiful young woman living in an Upper East Side apartment—she describes herself as a privileged WASP—weary of consumer culture and the pressures of modern living, is stricken by a strange ennui and decides to take a year off. Ottessa Moshfegh’s narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, who remains unnamed throughout the novel, is a recent art history grad. Until being fired for absenteeism, she worked at a pretentious midtown art gallery—a place where surface impressions are everything and part of her undemanding job was to look good in designer clothes and behave with studied rudeness to gallery patrons. Her neglectful, emotionally withholding parents are recently dead: her father from cancer, her mother by suicide. Financially, her inheritance enables her to retreat into her apartment, ignore the phone and anyone who might come knocking, and not have to worry about bills, rent or other expenses. She has no interest in food or nutrition and subsists mostly on junk purchased from a nearby bodega, all while remaining slim and gorgeous, much to the annoyance of her friend Reva. Reva, her former college roommate, persists as the narrator’s only social contact despite the narrator’s unwelcoming demeanor and an attitude of indifference that borders on contempt for the various dramas taking place in Reva’s life. The narrator finds some solace in low-brow movies that she buys cheap on videocassette and watches one after the other with her rickety VCR. She does have a few obsessions. The first is sleep: her goal for the year is to fill her days with sleep, to minimize her waking hours and spend her time in a state of insensible unconsciousness. The second is Trevor, a former boyfriend who only makes himself available to her when he’s between relationships with other women. In her pursuit of sleep, the narrator tracks down a psychiatrist of dubious ethics named Dr. Tuttle. She lies to the doctor about her symptoms, complaining of insomnia and anxiety, and persuades Tuttle to prescribe the strongest sedatives and mind-altering drugs available. One of the drugs causes her to experience blackouts, from which she awakens with no memory of what she has done or where she has been while under the influence. Eventually she decides that the only way to achieve the oblivion and psychic catharsis she craves is to confine herself to the apartment, with no access to the outside world, and she comes up with a scheme that will allow her to do this. Like Eileen and the stories in Homesick for Another World, My Year of Rest and Relaxation features a self-medicating main character following a self-destructive path. The story is outlandishly shocking and frequently hilarious, the narrator’s voice blunt and uninhibited. If there’s something missing, it’s a way for the reader to forge an emotional bond with a narrator who, though candid about her shortcomings, is also by turns self-pitying and snide, mean-spirited and deceitful. In the earlier novel, Eileen Dunlop, emotionally unfulfilled and trapped by penurious circumstances into caring for a delusional, paranoid ex-cop father, inspires our fascination and captures our sympathies while she plots her escape. In this novel, the narrator’s wealth and beauty (which in itself affords her privileges that are denied others) makes her retreat from society seem petulant and self-indulgent. Despite this, the book is compulsively readable. Moshfegh’s writing is sharply observant, unsparing and bleak. For Ottessa Moshfegh’s many fans My Year of Rest and Relaxation is, of course, essential reading. But for anyone approaching this author for the first time, her previous books provide a more congenial starting point. ( )
  icolford | Oct 9, 2020 |
"I just wanted to sleep all the time. I had a plan."

My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh is an exquisite read but not an enjoyable one. Readers should be aware that it comes with basically all of the content warnings suicidal ideation, abuse, death, suicide, toxic relationships, sexual abuse, assault, addiction, extreme depression and basically the worst psychiatrist in the world.

The narrator has recently graduated college and is unable to deal with the death of her emotionally estranged parents so she medicates herself in order to sleep for a year.

Despite the heaviness, it's a beautiful read. Although it deals with a multitude of dark themes the writing is so genuine and authentic that in some weird way it is oddly comforting?

Highly recommend this one (just make sure you're in a good headspace) ❤️ ( )
  MandaTheStrange | Oct 7, 2020 |
It’s a good book but ultimately not for me. I liked some of the descriptions of things, but mostly i found it hard to get past the big blocks of text. Ugh. So yeah, i forced my way through this one because a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. One of the top reviews for this said it best. It’s like if Girls (the HBO show) was a book. ( )
  Krissxten | Oct 1, 2020 |
I just loved this book, it was like being in the room with her. I loved the honest portrayal of thoughts, their brutality, their vulnerability, and their unbidden-ness. I loved the idea of removing oneself from ones life but being able to come back regenerated. I was jealous in no small measure. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
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"A beautiful 24-year-old gallery assistant wants nothing more than to sleep — not for a rejuvenating eight hours, but 'full-time,' like a hibernating bear or an aspiring narcoleptic. Her goal is to sleep, not perchance to dream, but to 'drown out my thoughts and judgments, since the constant barrage made it hard not to hate everyone and everything.'"
 

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It's early 2000 on New York City's Upper East Side, and the alienation of Moshfegh's unnamed young protagonist from others is nearly complete when she initiates her yearlong siesta, during which time she experiences limited personal interactions. Her parents have died; her relationships with her bulimic best friend Reva, an ex-boyfriend, and her drug-pushing psychiatrist are unwholesome. As her pill-popping intensifies, so does her isolation and determination to leave behind the world's travails. She is also beset by dangerous blackouts induced by a powerful medication.

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