My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780525522119
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,22 cm.

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saltsalt
Nov 23, 2018

This book is one long narrative of a sarcastic, deeply depressed, yet privileged young woman in
New York. An easy and fast read, it is both entertaining and thought provoking. The ending leaves you pensive.

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BohoBookDragon
Oct 31, 2018

Not my favorite, but I can see where the intrigue comes from on this one. It was dark and sometimes disturbing, but richly detailed. The story is well-written, I wanted to know more, but it wasn't a story that left me feeling great, either.

JCLMattC Oct 26, 2018

Who knew a book about sleeping for a year could be so fresh and engaging? Ultimately I ended up relating to the main character, despite how bogged down and cynical she sometimes became. Ultimately I found the characters memorable and the story weirdly believable.

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ryanstevenreed
Oct 24, 2018

This was a tough one. It bounced back and forth between playfully humorous and deeply unsettling. There was a bit of a self-realized fight with mental illness, but it was more of a disregard. I really liked it though, I think. The time framing of the book was one of the best structures. It keeps you anxious and waiting even when the narrator is just sleeping for days.

Some measure of the fun of this book was just seeing its beautiful cover lying around my apartment. I am willing to acknowledge that.

DOMESTICAT Oct 20, 2018

How disappointing. I did not like this book at all and cannot recommend it.

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nowbook
Sep 30, 2018

The main character has escapist tendencies and seeks to take flight from having to take part in the required gender performance required of her - probably worse than most of us because she is tall, thin beautiful and of the elite class. Initially I envied her ability to drug herself into complete unconsciousness day after day paid for by the endowment left her by her parents.. After a while tho' it becomes apparent that she has actually purchased a small claustrophobic life content to be framed by her parent's class presumptions and her own narcissism. She has a working class somewhat man-crazy girlfriend of whom she is contemptuous and who she uses as the yardstick to elevate her own ego.At least 3/4 of the book is about obtaining drugs,mixing drugs, taking drugs and passing out and waking up from drugs- like I said a very small claustrophobic and boring life ( no cops involved to add drama) . The other 1/4 is character portraits which are well done

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HerNameHere
Sep 26, 2018

Main characters do not have to be likeable for the book to be "good". Many will state how they found the protagonist to be "unlikeable" and "depressing", but what we learn of her (which does not include her name) is painful. She deals with it the best she knows how as a 20-something living and working in NYC in 2000, pre-9/11 days. The reader lives through her depressive state; alongside her with all the nuanced irritations, annoying best-friend and lost lover.

The writing is done well. You should read it.

JCLCassandraG Sep 20, 2018

More books need this level of engagement with Whoopi Goldberg's oeuvre. This book was sooooo good until the last twenty pages during which sincerity and personal growth crept in and I longed so desperately for more reckless pill-popping and indiscriminate hatred. Otherwise a completely intoxicating meditation on the leisure of the rich.

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laphampeak
Sep 10, 2018

As inventive as can be! The narrator, coming from wealth through inheritance, works for an art gallery with exhibits by the abstract artist Pin Xi. She begins to hibernate with consistently more meds prescribed by eccentric Dr. Tuttle. She has an anorexic best friend, loves watching VCR movies, and idolizes Whoppi Goldberg. By sleeping life away our main character is seeking to gain a sense of herself in the world even though, most of the time, she is comatose or sleepwalking through hilarious episodes. Does she find freedom in the end?

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WoodneathTaylor
Sep 04, 2018

This strange, compulsory read is perfect for readers who enjoy cynicism and sarcasm. A lot of readers will see this tale as depressing, which it is in ways, but I found our unnamed narrator's characterization intriguing and hilarious. Ottessa Moshfegh writes awesome, fleshed-out characters.

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