• Title: Eileen
  • Author: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • ISBN: 9780698401624
  • Page: 221
  • Format: ebook
  • Eileen 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 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 dThe 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.

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    1. I couldn't be bothered to deal with fixing things. I preferred to wallow in the problem, dream of better daysis book takes place in the early sixties and is about a woman named eileen dunlop, a tightly wound and inwardly unstable twenty-four-year old woman who works at a juvenile correctional facility for boys and lives with her alcoholic father in a shambles of a house. it chronicles the events of one week in a frigid new england winter after which she will unexpectedly leave town, never to ret [...]

    2. 3.5 stars If you didn't like The Girl on the Train, you certainly won't like this. If you're interested in characters over plot, however, this is another solid entry into a excellent year for psychological thrillers. Eileen is one of the most pitiable and despicable characters I've ever read; she is not only neurotically self-absorbed and insecure and suffering from severe sexual and emotional repression, but she's also prone to feverishly obsessive behavior. She lewdly fixates on a muscular gua [...]

    3. Eileen is nothing like the upbeat sassy song of old, C'mon Eileen. Oh contraire. She is mind shackled and deeply disturbed. Reminiscing, Eileen tells her story that begins from her early 20's, in a town she refers to as X-ville, in a nonchalant way, telling it like it is. The self loathing; the daydreaming of love and escape; the kleptomania; the lack of hygiene. A misfit haunted by self image issues -No doubt a result from her upbringing and her emotionally distant drunk dad and her dead mother [...]

    4. 5 "repugnant, vile, fierce, exhibitionistic" stars !! 10th Favorite Read of 2016I have never been so reluctant to give a book 5 stars. This is a book that directs all its murky gaze on the darkness that lurks within women. Ms. Moshfegh slowly and repetitively dissects Eileen into all her gory parts from the darkness of her sexual fantasies that include post-pubescent boys, unattainable women, to visualizing her coworkers engaging in sex that both disgusts and titilates her. Eileen's psyche is la [...]

    5. Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen sounded like a great and intriguing read. The 1960’s, a girl’s escape from a boring life in a small New England town, a mysterious crime – there are lots of interesting plot points going for this book, which will be released in August 2015.Unfortunately, this does not necessarily translate to the writing. Don’t get me wrong, Eileen Dunlop is an interesting yet thoroughly unlikable character, and her insights into her life range from bland and depre [...]

    6. UPDATE: Kindle $1.99 special today!!!!!!!! I listened to the audiobook --but others who 'read' it also gave this book high reviews. Its a book I'll never forget --but read 'many' reviews!!! --to see if its for you! I loved it!Audiobook-- Eileen( LOOKING BACK at her life.when she was 24 years of age living in Massachusetts).At the start of the story she tells us in a week - she will run away.Plus we know Eileen has a menial secretary type job at a boys correctional residence. AT AGE 24:.e slept o [...]

    7. Do not read Eileen if you don't like repulsive characters, if you're turned off by graphic descriptions of bodily smells and filth, or if you like your novels to be action packed. Do read Eileen if you like dark character studies and can stand to be strung along for most of a book before getting to the crux of what is being foreshadowed. Eileen -- the narrator -- looks back at a few days in 1964 when she was 24 years, and living a nasty life in a small town with her nasty father working at a nas [...]

    8. SELF-LOATHING AS A FORM OF ARTIn the past few years quite by chance I have come across a rich seam of female self-loathing in fiction. You might think that women writers would be all about positive tales of overcoming the bleakness, and I’m sure many are, but not in these books:Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino – the unnamed un-beautiful older sister spends her whole life hates everybody especially herselfA Day Off by Storm Jameson – the unnamed middle-aged alcoholic frump spends a day hating eve [...]

    9. Updated Review: December 23-27, 2017I can't believe I didn't like this the first time I read it. Although I do remember enjoying the writing style but not being that impressed with the actual storyline—and I still stand by that opinion: the story isn't the most impressive part of this book. But I think Eileen is one of the most fascinating, confusing, and well constructed characters I've ever read about. It definitely helped to read her short story collection to get an even better idea of Mosh [...]

    10. EILEEN did not work for me. all.EILEEN Dunlap is a 24 year old disturbed young woman. She is unhappy, has atrocious nutrition, personal hygiene and lives like a pig. She has no self-worth, her thoughts for the most part are nasty and morbid and she is trapped in a forlorn life she detests with a passion.until an 'inane' opportunity to make a change presents itself.EILEEN has a stagnant, (almost nonexistent) plot that goes nowhere and a repulsive character analysis that seemed to go on forever wi [...]

    11. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/When I saw David Sedaris had recommended Eileen as a must read - well . . . . ♪♫♫♪I came in to the library like a wreeeeecccckkkkkkiiiiiinnnnnng ball. ♪♫♫♪Now that I’m finished? I could have saved myself a lot of trouble and simply read the synopsis because it TELLS. THE. ENTIREINKING. STORY. Not even kidding. The only thing you’ll gain by reading the whole book rather than only the blurb are all of the up-close-and-personal descriptio [...]

    12. Does a book need to be inoffensive in order for you to enjoy it? It may seem an academic question at heart, but it's exactly the question you'll need to ask yourself before reading Ottessa Moshfegh's polarizing Eileen. If you like your narratives clean, or you want your lead to have unambiguous morality, or you demand a likeable character, then Eileen is unlikely the book for you. Of course, if you are letting those things hold you back then you'll miss a swath of excellent literature of which E [...]

    13. Apparently, Im a total softie for a sociopathic narrator. When the person whispering in my ear is pathologically self-absorbed, that lovely and hideous freak usually has me wrapped around his little finger. Or her finger, in this case. Eileen is weird. She is not keen on bathing, lives off a handful of peanuts, and once a week takes massive doses of laxatives to purge. She lives at home with her pop who never much loved her but does appreciate the bottles of gin she runs out to get him. But as s [...]

    14. This is quite a brooding character study, very compelling in how it keeps on the cusp between disgust and empathy as you wait for a promised metamorphosis by the title character. You are taken into the mind of a 24-year old woman who is trapped in a sucky life. She tends to her despicable but ailing alcoholic father, a retired cop in rural coastal town in Massachusetts, while working as a sort of secretary in a correctional institute for boys. We come to learn she is surprisingly well adapted to [...]

    15. Solid 4.5 stars. This book is not for everyone. Nothingd I mean absolutely nothing significant happens until about 85% into the story but I still loved it.cially the tongue-in-cheek tone throughout the book. I've never known a character to engage in more self-loathing than Eileen. Somehow Otessa Moshfegh manages to make this funny.

    16. If you enjoy reading extensive accounts of bowel movements from characters that love to wallow in self-pity, then this so-called "literary thriller" is the book for you. I'm afraid I didn't care for it very much.The narrator is looking back on a seminal week in her life as a 24-year-old. Growing up in a drab New England town she dubs X-ville, Eileen leads a miserable existence. She lives in a filthy house with her alcoholic father, who insults her at every opportunity. She has major body issues. [...]

    17. What a dark, twisted little book. Getting a glimpse into Eileen's life and reading about the deeply (for lack of a better term) fucked-up way she thinks about herself and her surroundings was utterly fascinating to me. It almost felt weirdly voyeuristic at times, especially as you learn more about Eileen's (partly downright gross) habits and routines. The first two thirds are rather slow, but then the story picks up in pace quite rapidly, building up to what almost feels like the inevitable bang [...]

    18. Black Fable Falls a Bit Short of Feral ForeshadowingLatest info: studio's trying to decide whether to cast as Eileen: Lauren Lapkus from "Orange is the New Black"(left) or DJ Qualls from "Z Nation" (right)Eileen, the eponymous character, is one of the most pathologically pathetic and aesthetically repelling nudniks I can recall in the past decade or so of reading literature. In her wretched life as a guard at a boys' lockdown facility, she constantly thinks of sex with a co-worker and stalks him [...]

    19. 3.5 rounded up. This book is definitely not for everyone. On the positive side, I found the writing to be taut and evocative, the setting so specifically bleak, and the off-kilter details of Eileen added up to a character unlike any I've encountered. Moshfegh's talent is on full display with the rendering of Eileen, this damaged, angry, funny, unreliable narrator. She battles against her small, sad life, even if just internally, and rubs up against violence, which seems to litter the landscape o [...]

    20. Das Grauen wirkt noch nach.😨 Mir ist selten so eine unsympathische Anti-Heldin untergekommen. Dennoch finde ich das Buch stilistisch als auch psychologisch hervorragend. Review folgt.

    21. [4.5] Eileen could be a character from a lost Smiths song. It's not just that, at 24, she's a lonely, awkward young woman stuck living with her ageing alcoholic father, she's never known what it is really to connect with anyone else, "one of the realest portraits of self-loathing" (Blair's review), it's the details: her liking for esoteric library books, her shunning of most popular culture, her work doing admin in a US boys' borstal, and her time - the early 60s, era of Morrissey's beloved kitc [...]

    22. Man Booker Prize Jury (2016), Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novel Jury (2015), National Book Critics Circle Award Jury (2015), The Center For Fiction First Novel Prize Jury (2015), Pulitzer Price Jury (Finalist 2015):"So, you wanted to talk to us about Eileen, mister Stoop?" (all jury members ask me -somehow in unison) Me: "It's pronounced Stoop, with the 'o' of hope, not of doom."Man Booker Prize Jury (2016), Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novel Jury (2015), National Book Critics Circle [...]

    23. Estoy en blanco, y no porque piense que he leído una mala historia, no, no es eso; más bien es por frustración. Creo que la autora a sabido recrear a la perfección el ambiente sórdido y demacrado en el que vive su personaje; así como desentrañar sus miedos y anhelos. Pero ese final se ha cargado toda la novela.

    24. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.I deplored silence. I deplored stillness. I hated almost everything. I was very unhappy and angry all the time. I tried to control myself, and that only made me more awkward, unhappier, and angrier. I was like Joan of Arc, or Hamlet, but born into the wrong life—the life of a nobody, a waif, invisible. There's no better way to say it: I was not myself back then. I was someone else. I was Eileen.When I was in the middle of reading Eileen, I wrote [...]

    25. Σαφεστατα, ΔΕΝ μου αρεσε αυτο το βιβλιο.δε μου εδωσε απολυτως τιποτα.κανενα νοημα, καμια ουσια και κυριως κανενα συναισθημα.υπηρχαν χαρακτηρες που απλα εμφανιστηκαν χωρις να εχουν κανενα νοημα και να προσφερουν το οτιδηποτε και κυριως αυτο που με ενοχλησε ηταν οτι ολοι οι [...]

    26. What an ugly and dark book this is, then. It probably is a good thing this is not Moshfegh’s first contribution to the world of arts and letters, though this is apparently a debut novel. She’d won awards and recognition for her short stories and a novella in the past, and has received all sorts of recognition with this work.Yes, I see the resemblance to Shirley Jackson. Was it at that level of skill? Probably. The language is very fluent…glossy and smooth…even if the subject matter is sh [...]

    27. I stalled at 1/3 of the way into this Booker longlisted novel and felt like I was trying to force myself back. Why would I do that? This book is not for me. I was actually digging the unlikable character of Eileen but then the plot turned into a plodding muddy hole, and on top of the focus on dirty kitchens, questionable jail conditions, and bowel movement writing, I just couldn't face it.This might be more compelling for you. But this isn't for me.

    28. Eileen, a Booker prize nominee, took me in from page 1. A weird but funny book that is not for everyone. The writing can be pretty crass at times, but you just have to let that go. Eileen is quite the character. She lives with her father in a slothingly house, eats peanuts for all her meals, wears her dead mother’s clothes, and fantasizes about certain people at work. Highly entertaining, but weird. It’s not a long book, so give it a go.4 out of 5 stars

    29. A moody, dark story, told just PERFECTLY. It meanders at first, leaving you wondering maybe where it's going. I trusted that during these times the author was showing us the character and her reality, which couldn't be summed up in a few paragraphs. Moshfegh used the first few parts of the book to show us the bleakness and pain, and the rotting aspects of Eileen's existence. Also, her extreme loneliness and desire for connection, and her childish innocence of other people's intentions. I'm repul [...]

    30. For those who enjoy character studies, this is brilliant, and Eileen's voice resonated with me far more than I was anticipating. The synopsis seems to be trying to paint this as a psychological thriller (it's not), so keep that in mind if you're going into this expecting it to be, "the next Gillian Flynn."

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