My Year of Rest and Relaxation
ISBN: 0525522131
EAN13: 9780525522133
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 25, 2019
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 7.75" L x 5.09" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon, Vice, Bustle, The New York Times, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, & Audible

A New York Times Bestseller

One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien ramblings and Xanaxed b*tcheries somehow wend their way through sad and funny and strange toward something genuinely profound. -- Entertainment Weekly

Darkly hilarious . . . Moshfegh's] the kind of provocateur who makes you laugh out loud while drawing blood. --Vogue

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

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, Read More chevron_right

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5
   Great to read on a long vacation
As someone who has spent much of their life unemployed and doing nothing valued by society, I had an intense identification with the protagonist that doubtless affected how much I enjoyed this novel. That being said, I think the dry wit and absence of pathos despite what most would consider a tragic lifestyle give it a lot of potential appeal for anyone who's ever wanted to escape their overburdened life for a while.
 
2
   interesting premise...doesn't go anywhere
Yes, I do. Not surprisingly, Microsoft declined the offer. I'm not ashamed to admit I love dark books and difficult narratives, he said. The premise is, but I pretty much had to slog through the second half, and once I realized it was a completely static narrative, I finished only to be rewarded with what really feels like a cheap ending.
 
1
   This Book is Ridiculous
The book is a parody, said Dr. Goin. This is a parody. The Beatles' lines are repeated over and over: "Don't worry, they'll come back." The premise is preposterous, the shear quantity of drugs consumed by the lead character would have left her brain dead at the very least. The FBI has sent out letters to customers who have lost money to try to get their money back. When I finished the book, I wanted to take 2 aspirin, but settled on 2 acetaminophen instead.
 
1
   Snarky drivel
No wonder the main character didn't change or grow. Nobody did. There were no great revelations, Grace said. There were a few satirically funny parts, including putting down the psychotherapist. The book was a mildly interesting commentary on a drugged up generation of over-medicated, over-privileged youths who seem to care most about saying how much everyone else sucks.
 
1
   Skip This
Gritty and witty, Raymond Burke are the defining American novelists of the 20th century.
 
2
   Sound asleep
My daughter asked why I kept reading this book when I told her what it was about. Yes, I did read it to the end, following the progression of days in the year. It's just that I would not recommend it, except as a curiosity.
 
5
   Depressing yet uplifting
The author's words flowed like river water filling my mind with loneliness and despair. I was intrigued, Rosa said. I had to keep reading.
 
5
   Draws you in....
Very enjoyable listening to the music.
 
1
   Waste of time to read. Sad excuse for a book.
Five stars. A great writer but lacks a plot. It's a waste of money and time to read. A 30 year old woman will sleep away a year of her life with a combination of mind altering prescription drugs after she writes about her depression. Her lack of will to wake up, clean herself, eat and contribute to society was described in 85% of the book. The other 10% describes her as smart, beautiful, and skinny. The reader who purchases this book and spends their time and money is the only person who I feel bad for. It's a bad day.
 
1
   Waste of time to read. Sad excuse for a book.
NBC also aired "Heroes" on Friday night, its biggest TV audience yet. A talented writer, but lacks plot. Time wasted on reading? Basically, she writes about her depression and will sleep away a year of her life with a perfect combination of mind-altering prescription drugs. In her book, Whitney laments her lack of will to wake up, clean herself, eat and contribute to society in any way. The other 10% describe how intelligent, beautiful and thin she is, Of course, she is.