The book never fully delivered on the sharpness I felt it promised — neither in humor, nor insight — and its protagonist is excruciatingly terrible, save her extreme fondness for both Whoopi Goldberg and Harrison Ford. But it was an easy, unusual read...which are great in the summer.
Finished my first book of #TheReadingRush! This one was also on my #NewYearWhoDis list... better late than never!
I found the story darkly funny, the main character not particularly likeable, and the plot fascinating.
Challenge completed: Book with 5 or more words in title.
Not as funny as I was expecting, and not as loathsome as I was fearing. I actually really enjoyed this, though my one complaint is the way that it ended, which utilized one of my biggest pet peeves in modern lit. Though, to be fair, it was handled better than other books have done.
It‘s very absurd and dark story about young woman trying to understand her life, on the surface still humorous, but narration quickly becomes a story about grief, depression and restlessness. To like the book,I don‘t need likable characters. It‘s authors job to persuade me to understand unlikable, unusual characters and their deeds, and Moshfegh certainly is capable of doing that. If you think that hibernation is boring-you should read this book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ultimately, how we perceive and interact with the world is affected by what our childhoods were like. I think if we bring this understanding to the book, it would help people make sense of the main character.
Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2901004983
I would have never imagined a book about a woman who wants to sleep for an entire year could be so interesting. 🤷♀️
A privileged and very unlikable main character who decides that sleeping an entire year is the best way to reset her life. Bizarre storyline, but captivating read.
I've always loved sleeping and I'm reaaaally good at it as well (I sleep A LOT), so I was intrigued by the concept of this book. I've already ready 'The Woman who went to Bed for a Year' by Sue Townsend once and I wasn't sure if another book with the same topic would be any different, but my goodness, it was. It's such a dark portrayal of a depressed woman who wants to detach from the world by hibernating... I was so into it!
Books goals: 2 books ➡️ I finished 3 books, well, I still have 30 min to the end of My Year of Rest and Relaxation for my evening walk.
Fitness goals: 25 km ➡️ 21,6 km, 4 hours workouts at home ➡️ 1 hour and 40 minutes, and I was at 2 hours long yoga class as planned.
I‘m quite pleased with my achievements, and for the next week I will add, to challenge myself, a hike on the nearby hill.
#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC #BFCr2
Can a year of sleep change your life? Let's find out!
Even though the MC was kind of a terrible person, I couldn't wait to see what happened next in her pursuit of a life reset through sleep. (And I have to admit I was envious of her ability to take a year off to sleep. Oh, beautiful sleep...) And that psychiatrist!
So odd, so dark, definitely completely unlike anything I‘ve read before. I don‘t normally like character portraits of unpleasant people but this one was just different somehow - funny, minutely observed, very human but never made excuses. I‘m honestly in awe of how Moshfegh made this subject matter appealing to me but she absolutely managed!
"I could count the number of times he‘d gone down on me on one hand. When he‘d tried, he had no idea what to do, but seemed overcome with his own generosity and passion, as though delaying getting his dick sucked was so obscene, so reckless, had required so much courage, he‘d just blown his own mind." ?⚰
"It was proof that I had not always been completely alone in this world. But I think I was also holding on to the loss, to the emptiness of the house itself, as though to affirm that it was better to be alone than to be stuck with people who were supposed to love you, yet couldn‘t."
Wouldn‘t recommend it for anyone who craves an escape from life, but it's definitely worth picking up. #OttessaMoshfegh
I thought the beginning very intriguing but lost interest a bit midway. The characters are caricatures which made the main protagonist difficult to gel with. What I found most interesting is the premise that you can sleep and sedate yourself to erase your past and re-birth yourself. A sign of our times but worrying.
OMG, 2 hours of my life I‘ll never get back. In the running for one of the worst books I‘ve ever picked up.
I found it refreshing it takes place in the early 2000's (2001) so present day is not in the mindset of the reader which allows you to feel nostalgia/ recall where you were&what you were doing during those yrs. The main character is a chronically depressed&psychotic young woman. This book is relevant today because this was the precursor to the opioid crisis and this was right before 9/11.Overall it's a fascinating read even if it's not relatable.
I really wanted to love this book but alas I was left unsatisfied. Yes, it‘s thought provoking and beautifully written but the drudgery of reading through the numbness, pain and isolation was tiresome. And the realist in me couldn‘t accept what the narrator was doing to herself without any physical harm ( it just didn‘t add up) I‘m pretty sure I‘m going to HATE McGlue if this is considered Moshfegh‘s best work 🙄
? "Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball, don't stop me now" ? Don't stop this narrator from her sleep fest; it's how she has a good time ?
#dontstopmenow #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen
Ottessa‘s top ten. Back to the Future made the shortlist!
So last year, I was in the midst of reading the tagged book, and was trying to describe the plot to my husband. He wanted to know if I was reading a non fiction account of Cat Markell... to which I replied, who the hell is that I must know more about her! After some time down a google wormhole, here I am with Marnell‘s memoir. Turns out, her story is shockingly similar to Moshfegh‘s wild narrative. 💊💊💊
Rating this a pick even though I had a mind bending love/hate relationship with almost every aspect of this book. A sucker for brilliant writing, I pushed on despite the anxiety that swirled about me. Comic relief came to the rescue, and onward I read. Sleep will never be the same. 😴😫😴
Read this book recently and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is more of a character study (or a generation study?) than a plot-driven book. The main character is a thoroughly unpleasant person, someone who is narcissistic and doesn‘t seem to have much love for any of the people she knows - but this was, actually, a bit of a relief. The protagonist does not claim to be likeable, and yet, her story captivates you.
Gratuitous inclusion of a pistachio crumbed dark choc coated orange eaten while finishing this novel.
This was clever and depressing and funny and nothing. It‘s a ‘pick‘ and I‘m scratching my head. And now I just want to sleeeep 😴😴😴.
I often wish I could just sleep all my troubles away, this is a story about a woman that actually managed to do that. It‘s strange and made me take a good long hard look at myself. It‘s funny disgusting and not what you expect from a story, it doesn‘t have an easy resolution. The final page of this book DESTROYED me!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS
Well I must have liked this book because I felt for the main character and cared about what she was doing to herself. I found myself yelling at her ‘Nooooooo! Stop!‘ quiet often. This book was a trip and so funny in places, especially the ‘so called‘ psychiatrist who was bat shit crazy! 🤣
It references Whoopi Goldberg a lot and I kept wondering if she has read it.
As my Mum always says “Money doesn‘t make you happy.” I‘m glad it ended with hope.