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My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018)

de Ottessa Moshfegh

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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"--… (mais)
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This is currently at the top of one of my favorite lists of books, the slacker girls list, or flailing females list: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/153374.She_s_Not_Feeling_Good_at_All_Catastr... So of course I felt I HAD to read the current top book, even if a book club was the reason that finally shoved me into reading it. I kind of expected to like it more? Even if I feel like Ottessa Moshfegh is one of those writers that wants to shove you AWAY from a book. Since 2018, I think there have been a bunch more books like this, that take it even further, that I love even more. (See: the above list.) So maybe this book is kind of a pillar for those types of books, but I also expected Moshfegh to be more Out There. A lot of the writing features some vapid stuff, which I know is entirely the point for this main character, but not necessarily what I feel like reading. If this is satire, I don't really get it. I do like that the plot is set in late 90s, early 2000s, rather than being current. But then I also disliked the reason for it being set in that time. Ah well, I have the rest of that amazing list. Weird girls for the win! ( )
  booklove2 | May 21, 2024 |
this book pissed me off so bad!!!! i was genuinely excited because it seemed like it was right up my alley, but now i guess i can safely say this is WAY overhyped, as both a new york novel and a sad girl novel.

may be spoilers ahead.

1) god i HATED how she treated reva. HATED it. i hated how consistently cruel she was, and it really went too far, for me. reva was a far more compelling character to me and i understood why the protagonist would feel the way she did, but like, we get it. you've made your point. enough. i was interested in their friendship but i often felt violently unwell when she was talking about reva. i can read any sort of shock horror with a straight face but i guess i draw the line at people harbouring genuinely repugnant private thoughts about their friends. (come to think of it, my reaction reminds me of how i felt about cersei's chapters in asoiaf/affc, so i guess i just have a particular ick around reading that sort of thing.)

2) i think the language of this book is a little too contemporary to make it a convincing y2k novel. some of how moshfegh writes about technology just felt a little blasé, like she was talking about stuff that had been around forever, except in 2000 it was actually brand new/not all that common. this really detracted from my comprehension of this as being something rooted in its era. maybe it's part of the conceit, but it did not work for me.

3) i did think there were some interesting ideas at play in this book. (that said, i don't think i would've touched it if i knew how much of it was about cancer, my least favourite Theme to explore in fiction.) but, here's the kicker: you want me to sympathise with a pretty, skinny, rich WASP? i know this is HEAVILY signposted, but like, the way she's like "i'm not stupid, i don't want to give up my privilege" was an unsatisfying way of dealing with her, honestly, fetishisation of poverty. like the ending felt raaaaather common_people.mp3, you know? i LOVE an unlikable rich protagonist!! i love reading about horrible rich people like you would not believe. i love reading satires on rich people in the art world. but NONE of that worked for me here; i felt that with the protagonist, moshfegh was trying too hard to thread the needle between "she's too privileged" and "she is genuinely lost and miserable." an interesting balance to strike, but not the way it was done here. and everything about the art world was SO extreme, so cartoonish, that it was hard to buy into the satire. like girl your lifestyle is another side of the same coin...

anyway at least it was a quick read ( )
  i. | Apr 28, 2024 |
i too want to sleep forever and never do anything
this was really unique and comfy but also kinda suffocating

-some parts were a tad too crude for the rest of the book?
-she kinda sucked as a person but it was still super entertaining and i would read this again ( )
  maggiewh | Mar 19, 2024 |
wow 200 pages about someone sleeping. loved it ( )
  highlandcow | Mar 13, 2024 |
Our narrator, a young, beautiful, and wealthy New Yorker, hates everything and everybody, so she decides to take a sort of gap year and just sleep. With the help of many, many different medications prescribed by an absolutely batty psychiatrist, she does just that.

It's absolutely true that you can enjoy a book with zero likable or relatable characters, especially if it's well-written and full of witty social commentary. It's just not for me right now. ( )
  foggidawn | Mar 11, 2024 |
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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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Moshfegh, Ottessaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Baude, ClémentTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Biekmann, LidwienTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dahl, AlvaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Guerzoni, GioiaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pérez Parra, Inmaculada C.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Stheeman, TjadineTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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"--

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