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Eileen: A Novel av Ottessa Moshfegh
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Eileen: A Novel (utgåvan 2016)

av Ottessa Moshfegh (Författare)

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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour. 

So here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you know me. I was twenty-four years old then, and had a job that paid fifty-seven dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a private juvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it now as what it really was for all intents and purposes??a prison for boys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terrible landlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a place feels appropriate. In a week, I would run away from home and never go back.

This is the story of how I disappeared.


The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father??s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys?? prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father??s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen??s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary&#
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Titel:Eileen: A Novel
Författare:Ottessa Moshfegh (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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Eileen av Ottessa Moshfegh

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    Bury Me Deep av Megan Abbott (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Both are excellent examples of American Noir.
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    Hangsaman av Shirley Jackson (sturlington)
    sturlington: Moshfegh's style reminds me of Shirley Jackson; both novels had young, unreliable narrators.
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    Looker av Laura Sims (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Both feature unsympathetic main characters who constantly make the worst possible decisions.
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    Min kamp. 1 av Karl Ove Knausgård (JuliaMaria)
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A miserable, self loathing, trapped character describes her unhappy young life and alludes to her current happiness, and finally gets around to telling us the shocking way she left home. She was well described but it went on a bit too long for me. I agree with Karen's review on Goodreads which observed that "the payoff itself is not a complete success in the ratio of expectation to delivery". But it was a worthwhile read. ( )
  piemouth | Jun 4, 2024 |
[a:Otessa Moshfegh|14555635|Otessa Moshfegh|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] is described as one of the brightest new voices in fiction, an NEA fellow, Stanford Stegner grad, and she is but this book is a hard sale. Her story is suspenseful -- I kept reading avidly late into the night -- but it is a bleak tale (and I love bleak) of a young girl who is trapped living with her overbearing ex-cop alcoholic father, working at a prison for boys, suffering an eating disorder and troubled by her lack of intimate connections until Rebecca comes to work at the prison and provides a "ticket to a new life...She was so clever and beautiful, I thought, the embodiment of all my fantasies for myself." What keeps you reading other than the edge-of-seat shenanigans at the end, are strategic references to the beautiful, loving life she lives now, fifty years later, and the superb writing: "She whirled off her coat as though in slow motion -- this is how I remember it -- and shook it like a bullfighter as she strode up the corridor toward me, hair rippling behind her, eyes like daggers shooting down straight through my heart to my guts." She notes the motto written on a pack of Pall Malls "a shield between two lions -- Per aspera ad astra. Through the thorns to the stars. That described my plight to a tee." The story winds up hopefully "not a direct line to paradise, but I believe I got on the right road, with all the appropriate trips and kinks." I am glad I read [b:Eileen|23453099|Eileen|Ottessa Moshfegh|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1423783612s/23453099.jpg|43014905] and will read her next book but it's a relief not to be the bookseller for this one.
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  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Brilliant, fascinating language that kept me reading against my better judgement. I was trapped in nightmare feelings and horrified about weirdness, delapidation, lackingness, ugliness, idiosyncracy, gaps, non-sequiturs, revulsion, self-hate, intrusive physicality and crime, layered over with a white icing of cold, cold, cold. The end was confusing and confused. OK, she got out of it - the ambiguity was ambiguous in itself. Did that help or not? ( )
  joannajuki | May 1, 2024 |
In 1964, 24-year-old Eileen Dunlop lives in a small coastal Massachusetts town with her emotionally abusive, alcoholic father and works a dead-end job as a secretary in the office of a juvenile detention center. Eileen's lackluster life has her imagining all kinds of wild and violent things, stalking a co-worker she finds physically attractive, and generally being an unpleasant person. But she also dreams of running away to New York one day ... and that one day something shocking happens.

This is an odd book, although I think it was good overall. It's not a crime novel per se, although there is a crime at the heart of it and Eileen's work at the prison plays a huge role. It feels like a 1930s hard-boiled detective story, just minus the detective. Instead, that (usually male) character is replaced by Eileen. She has a lot of that sort of stereotypical protagonist's backstory and characteristics, including few real ties in terms of friendship, family, or romantic partners and thus is easily swayed when a femme fatale comes into her life.

In Eileen's case, although she describes it as a "crush," she also makes note to say it's not a romantic feeling for her femme fatale. Rebecca, the new woman at work who has Eileen in awe, is sophisticated and worldly -- or so it seems. Like Eileen, the reader is constantly left wondering about Rebecca and who she is really, where she comes from, and what she cares about deep down.

Moshfegh is certainly talented as a writer and that shows. Words and phrases flow beautifully, even when the content is not necessarily so. (She does have a tendency for the gratuitous, particularly when it comes to bodily functions, so your mileage may vary here.) She knows how to build tension, with Eileen constantly throwing foreshadowing hints here and there as she narrates the story. (Although the main story is set around Christmas 1964, Eileen is narrating from a distance in the present as a much older woman.) Moshfegh also gets the psychology of people, with Eileen being that type of person who desperately wants to be loved but makes herself unlovable as a defense mechanism, more than likely because of the emotional abuse she's suffered. In a lesser writer's hands, having such an unlikeable main character could sink a book, but here it works.

Like many a good noir novel or movie, the book ends in such a way as to leave readers questioning the ethics of justice, and revenge and questioning their morality of what's right and wrong. It is a haunting story that will stay with you as you muddle it over, just as Eileen does in her later years.

The audiobook narrator does a superb job. So much of the story is just in Eileen's head and pure narration like that can often be done in a somewhat dull way, but this narrator speaks so much life into every word, with tons of vim and vigor. The dialogue is more limited, but she does a good job giving everyone a distinct voice. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Mar 27, 2024 |
Eileen Dunlop is the narrator of this story which takes place in 1964 before Christmas in New England. Her dysfunctional life consists of working as a clerk at the local juvenile detention centre and living with her alcoholic father in a nice neighborhood.
She has no friends, is estranged from her only sister and puts up with verbal abuse from her widowed father who only leaves the house to attend Sunday mass with his sister. He is a former city cop and now has advanced liver disease and paranoia but drinks all day. It’s a dreadful existence but the author makes it seem very interesting with her character development and story lines. It’s a good study of family dysfunction, substance abuse, co-dependency and some hope for a better life.
Eileen makes plans to run away to New York York city and start a new life. All of this changes when a new employee, Rebecca is hired as a pedagogical consultant for the detention centre. ( )
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Excess drives the descriptions. It is as if Moshfegh has grasped the fact that few things excite modern publishers more than the grotesque and an author daring to be offensive. As a bottom-scratching, finger-sniffing, no hand-washing creation, Eileen never becomes more than a disgusting, impersonal caricature caught up in her fascination with her self-loathing: “Having to breathe was an embarrassment in itself. This was the kind of girl I was.”

Well-reviewed in the US, Eileen reveals a great deal about the gimmicky quest for the next big thing which often turns out, as it does here, to be far less worthy of attention than yesterday’s superior offerings.
 
Eileen could have stepped out of Flannery O'Connor or Shirley Jackson. Wonderfully horrible Humbert Humbert also comes to mind. Eileen may be "unfit for the world," but I was pulling for her. I wanted her to escape the prison of life with father, wished that her dreams of fleeing to New York might come true.

Eileen is a coming-of age novel about a formidable, yet flawed young woman. The norms of society disgust and seduce her at the same time. There is a sweetly sinister humor in Moshfegh's prose.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraNPR, Jean Zimmerman (Aug 23, 2015)
 
Moshfegh, whose novella, “McGlue,” was published last year, 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....But for this reader, the thrill is the language. It is sentences like this: “The terrain of my face was heavy with soft, rumbling acne scars blurring whatever delight or madness lay beneath that cold and deadly New England exterior.”...Rebecca and her motivations, once we learn them, feel pasted in from another book. They do not square with the universe Moshfegh so meticulously created in the first part of the novel...The real excitement toward the end is watching Eileen come into a position of authority for the first time in her life.
 
It’s hard to imagine the terrible, drunken, addled father who visited the toilet with a handgun ever tolerating Eileen’s “blabbering on about my ideas, regurgitating barely read synopses from the backs of books … talking about how I felt about myself, life, the times in which we lived”.

The bad thing that is eventually revealed, and the bad thing that happens as a consequence, don’t quite live up to the atmospheric badness with which the novel draws along the reader. But there is something satisfyingly unsettling about the novel – the awfulness of Eileen’s life crackles throughout the air of X-Ville like static electricity, ready to discharge in some unlikely place or upon some unlikely person. And when it does, when the bell jar lifts, our heroine “open to the circulating air” and finally free, we can’t help but feel the slightest bit glad.
 

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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour. 

So here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you know me. I was twenty-four years old then, and had a job that paid fifty-seven dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a private juvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it now as what it really was for all intents and purposes??a prison for boys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terrible landlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a place feels appropriate. In a week, I would run away from home and never go back.

This is the story of how I disappeared.


The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father??s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys?? prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father??s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen??s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary&#

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