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Eileen: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 Kindle Edition
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A sucker punch of a novel, full of fury and disgust, heart-wrenching in places, a masterclass in mood and tone. Eileen is a fantastic creation and a surprisingly satisfying antidote to the dozy and complacent heroines of much so-called literary fiction. -- Julie Myerson
An unforgettable new American voice., Los Angeles Times
The great power of this book…is that Eileen is never simply a literary gargoyle; she is painfully alive and human, and Ottessa Moshfegh writes her with a bravura wildness that allows flights of expressionistic fantasy to alternate with deadpan matter of factness… As a character study, the book is a remarkable tour de force… As an evocation of physical and psychological squalor, Eileen is original courageous and masterful. Moshfegh never panders. -- Sandra Newman, Guardian
A seductive novel…Moshfegh writes beautiful sentences. One after the other they unwind – playful, shocking, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp. The beginning of this novel is so impressive, so controlled yet whimsical, fresh and thrilling, you feel she can do anything., New York Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- File size : 1694 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
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- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (3 March 2016)
- Print length : 274 pages
- ASIN : B01BYMRLEA
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,969 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As in Plath’s “The Bell Jar” Eileen is unlikable and yet magnetic, whisked along by her own demons into the worst, obscure decisions instead of the obvious, happier solution, in the vein of Plath’s fatalism.
Themes are strangled sexuality, the loss of body as a sensual tool, and how this manifests when faced with the mirror of an attractive, socially assured woman in Rebecca. It is a study in damage, and how that is projected onto others, a private world of pain only now being shared like a sacred secret, or picked scar. It’s heady and seductive writing, so intimate sometimes it feels like too much.
Narrated grim detail show how a nasty and weak character can have a reader cheer for her. Everything is justified. The author achieves this by setting the two Eileens fifty years apart, an older Eileen plays sympathiser to past Eileen’s motives. This doesn’t help the older Eileen’s storytelling, as she misses basic decencies; the author uses this to fuel interest in both versions of Eileen. For fans of Plath, Highsmith, this book will be a joy, especially the way it all comes together at the end.