My Year of Rest and Relaxation


By Ottessa Moshfegh

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A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature.


09 Aug 2018

A dark and disturbing story full of tragically sad characters, particularly the main character and her friend. It's supposed to be a funny book but although I thought it well written it didn't make me laugh at all. It's more of the same from Ottessa Moshfegh in that we have a sort of anti-heroine who we meet warts (or rather eye boogers, puke and poor hygeine) and all, at a very dark time in her life. The the pathos is relentless and at times borders on tedium as she takes yet another cocktail of drugs, watches more movies and misses more days of her existence (can hardly call it a life) but I had to keep reading to find out whether she and her friend would be ok in the end.

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