My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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"From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a shocking and tender novel about a young woman's efforts to sustain a state of deep hibernation over the course of a year on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9780525522119
0525522115
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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sarahstacki9
Oct 13, 2019

I ended up disappointed with the ending, however the book is a good read-- less for the story line and more for the author's uncensored and intriguing writing style.

KCLSQueennie Oct 03, 2019

Not for the faint-hearted.

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kate_se
Sep 28, 2019

Strangely compelling read. Something about Moshfegh's writing felt propulsive and kept me hooked as the story shifted between dreams and reality. An especially dark story that I would find difficult to read again, but I doubt I'll ever forget this book.

ArapahoeAshleyR Sep 17, 2019

I read this book in 2 days yet have no idea how I feel about it. It's dark, it's funny. Sickening in times. It made me love and hate NYC. Envy and pity wealthy people. I just...don't know.

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bethgarza24
Jul 26, 2019

New & Noteworthy - March 2019

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WoodneathReads
Jul 24, 2019

Do you enjoy cynical, sarcastic and just plain weird characters? This strange, compelling book is intriguing and hilarious- Otessa Moshfegh writes the weirdest characters that you feel compelled to know more about.

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gjfricano
Jul 22, 2019

Rarely have I ever enjoyed such a bleak story laden with self-destruction and blackly humorous moments. I loved it.

Michyricondo Jul 11, 2019

Ottessa Moshfegh displays a deft hand at dark comedy with this title. I was at turns annoyed with and sympathetic toward the unnamed protagonist, and the surreal ending was most appropriate for the story. I look forward to reading other titles by this author.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

The novel as social experiment? So, I start by thinking, wow this is one astoundingly unlikable protagonist and this author is in love with being stridently shocking. Then -- no, wait a minute, this is the story of an extremely depressed, tremendously mentally ill addict dealing with great grief and loss. My heart aches for her in the midst of such self-destructive urges. Then Moshfegh really gets to work on her reader: how long can my empathy withstand the unending barrage of depraved and putrid acts/thoughts of our heroine? The answer: not to the end of the longest-ever 288 pages I have read. And unfortunately I was punished for finishing; as poor as everything was before it, the ending - literally the last page -was so cheap and manipulative I was disgusted.

The author is not without skill, wit, and style. But she put her talents to incredibly poor use here.

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maipenrai
Jul 02, 2019

"Everyone hated me at school because I was pretty." Thus speaks the unnamed woman who wants to sleep for a year and takes every drug known to man to accomplish this. If this statement is true, perhaps everyone hated her because she was a complete narcissist - selfish, self-obsessed, lacking empathy, unable to form relationships and manipulative. After reading a novel I often ask myself what the author wished to accomplish. Sometimes the answer is simply entertainment. This is not the case with this book. I kept reading and hoping that there would be some rationale or insight. I hated this book so much that I am angry that I did not give up. I wanted to go to sleep for a year!! There is no surprise ending - the denouement is telegraphed by several big clues. The description of the woman at the end demonstrates an almost psychopathic vision of a person "diving" - as though she had beauty and a choice. And now our woman will record events so she can watch them over and over???? Horrible! Terrible! One of the worst books I have read in my 70 years. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Apr 08, 2019

'Although I understood that he was foolish, I trusted his resolve. He wouldn't let me out of there. He was too conceited to fail to keep his word, and too ambitious to give up the opportunity to take advantage of my offer'.

-pg 266

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