I‘m on page 90 and not sure where it‘s going, but I‘m enjoying it so far.
This was dark and twisty. I liked it.
I can‘t believe how little reading I did this week while on vacation! Not even one book completed! 🤦🏻♀️ But my daughter and I stumbled onto a Book Warehouse location that was going out of business. Though it was well picked over by the time we found it, I still found lots of gems. Posting from the road but pics to follow when I get home.
I tried reading this last year and gave up halfway. Picked it up again for a book club last week and liked it much better this go round. Originally, I found it so flat, so cold. It felt like an exercise in creating an unlikable character. I had the same feelings this time, but they were tempered the more I read. ⬇️
For much of the beginning of this book, it seems nothing is happening, but the very dramatic ending would not be possible without that lead in. I‘ve found that reading Moshfegh‘s you have to have patience and be prepared for the weird.
She‘s now an auto-buy for me, and so far, all three of her books have been better on audio. 4.5⭐️
#MonthofRereads Love this cover!
Two days to finish two books. Normally not a problem, but I‘m pretty busy so 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #MonthofRereads I‘m getting pretty excited for fresh books.
@Cinfhen I read the first chapter of Written in Blood, and I already have OPINIONS, but I‘m holding off on more until Jan. 1!
If you want to join in the #WritteninBlood #buddyread, check out @EadieB ‘s profile!
It was a surprisingly book-lite Christmas for this book geek. I did get one book, the sweetest book ever, from dear @toddred29 , but he couldn‘t wait and gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. 💗 He also spoiled me by adding The Golden Girls- all four- to my Funk-o Pop collection! I‘ve spent some of the day reading and I did download the tagged book just cuz! My blessings are endless. I count you littens in those blessings. 🤗🤗🤗
#Happyxmas everyone! This is a special holiday review of a modern Christmas classic (as long as you have a somewhat warped sense of humor). My first Moshfegh has everything I love in a novel- a misanthropic main character, dark comedy that is disturbing at times, poignant at others. And it's completely unpredictable- you have no idea where it will head, and the ending doesn't disappoint.
#winterwonderland @TrishB @Cinfhen
Eileen is not for everyone; she is not the most likable or endearing character, but there are moments I felt for her. She is friendless, “caring for” her alcoholic father on her own, surviving in Xville. The novel builds slowly over the course of Eileen‘s final days in her hometown, as we learn a lot about her through what is said...and left unsaid. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk may also enjoy Moshfegh.
Eileen is one of the most unlikeable, messed up, and disgusting characters I‘ve read. A great character study and I did enjoy the book. I remember the story is set around Christmas season, where Eileen helped out at her workplace‘s Christmas Day pageant decoration. On one of the scenes, she walks in the snow and hitchhikes to NYC. 🥶
I have too many books on my shelves #tbr and didn‘t “need” to borrow one from my library, but this is takes place during the holiday season. It was only fitting to read it now. #PerfectTiming 🤷🏻♀️ Looking forward to this dark read. #Christmas 🎄 #TisTheSeason
I read this right when it came out, and I felt strange, almost uncomfortable about it. I don‘t remember that much, though.
Now it‘s #MonthofRereads and I liked her other books so much, I‘m giving it another shot.
I‘m giving this a pick because it was very good. Only I have to say the last lap was hard going ..... very upsetting & unnerving
#NoFemmeBer #Freakyfreaks there are a lot of #freakyfreaks in this book , but I have to say I love Eileen..... with Eileen you walk on a tightrope- that borderline edge of comedy & poignancy & brilliant truth.
It‘s safe to say I‘m loving this book ... not over yet though ...
Just started, sure you‘d recognize the style , after My Year of Rest and Relaxation... love it 👍🏻❤️🖤
"That is what I imagined life to be—one long sentence of waiting out the clock."
"I didn‘t believe in heaven, but I did believe in hell."
Eileen is the perfect representation of a #DebbieDowner. Although I had issues with the novel's ending, Eileen is a character that has stayed with me. Based on the two Moshfegh novels I've read, she has a knack for writing idiosyncratic Debbie Downers.
#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Moshfegh ferries us deep inside Eileen‘s self-loathing, easily-infatuated brain. She often thinks what many would deem repugnant thoughts, but is not unlike the rest of us. We can hide our skeletons. Eileen can‘t hide from the reader. She is painfully lonely and looking for acceptance from someone, anyone.
Moshfegh‘s writing is so sharp and refreshing, meticulous and smart. It‘s an impressive character study.
Mosfegh is a smart storyteller and this is a story that could go anywhere or nowhere and still be And entrancing. Eileen is a dark, sometimes funny, surprising novel. Part of what made it wonderful was Alyssa Bresnahan‘s narration. She gave Eileen a perfectly dry, condescending, self-aggrandizing voice, and was able to capture each character by an amazing feat of vocal acting.
A pick with reservations.Eileen has self loathing to spare and some pretty disgusting habits so liking this character is unlikely. Moshfegh has some humor in all this darkness that gives Eileen a gritty slow burn intensity ,she waxes on how she might escape her drab existence but is dulled into a state of inaction .Some of the writing blew me away but the ending felt forced to me.
Okay. Let‘s see what I think of Ottessa Moshfegh ...
Have you read anything by Ottessa Moshfegh? I have not, but this New Yorker profile makes me want to bump her up my TBR list. She sounds like a pretty fascinating individual.
Eh. This started out strong and then became so...flat. I get the impression that I'm supposed to be shocked or dismayed by Eileen, but it feels manipulative and I feel nothing for her. Even the descriptions of bodily functions, which I gather are meant to make me squeamish, leave me cold. I made it halfway but I don't really want to continue. 😕
Y‘all. This book. Glad I‘m not eating this morning. I can smell Eileen from here 👃
Starting this one today
Interesting read. I probably would‘ve enjoyed it more if I‘d never read Shirley Jackson, but, since I have, this book felt pretty derivative to me.
Eileen reminded me of the Bell Jar where our heroine and titular character is in a deep depression and spends a lot of time brooding. Like Plath, Ottessa Moshfegh is able to make you laugh at rather disturbing scenes. You find yourself relating to Eileen one moment and horrified by her the next. The book has a great build up and a great pay off at the end.
I need this book!! Has anybody read it? #mycalendarmademebuyit
Eileen is a bitter, desperate, hopeless and unlikeable character yet her story is morbidly fascinating that makes you keep turning the pages. I didn‘t love this one but liked it enough not to bail.
This book is #setinwinter. #decktheshelves @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck
I finished this novel last night and thought it was exceptional. If you're looking for an unsettling deep character dive (maybe for a spooky October pick?) take this one for a spin. It's the story of a young woman (Eileen) written in first POV. You're right there with her in all her sharp, darkly funny, and grotesque glory as she journeys through the days leading up to her hasty departure from her hometown "X-Ville."
Thanks for the tag @merelybookish 😊 I‘d love to see recommendations (if you haven‘t already) from @readsusieread @Librariana @Lindy @LibrarianJen @BooksForEmpathy @KimM and anyone else who‘d like to share!
Hello from San Diego! I have been waiting for a chance to post my own photo like this since I've seen others and it always looks so great. Trouble is, I'm not really reading bc people-watching and "resting my eyes" keeps happening. Then, in an hour or so, beer!! What a life. ????