Novel Sometimes it works but sadly in this case "it does notWith its depressing story and dragging plot I had to force myself to finish reading and found "does notWith its depressing story and dragging plot I had to force myself to finish reading and found ready to simply abandon the book several times The twist is neither Hitchcockian nor is the writing anything like Shirley Jackson or early Vladimir Nabokov as the description claimedIf you want a slow dull and very sad character study look no further If you want a plot twist that would make Hitchcock proud look elsewere UPDATE Kindle 199 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 itAudiobook Eileen LOOKING BACK at her lifewhen she was 24 years of age living in MassachusettsAt the start of the story she tells us in a week she will run awayPlus we know Eileen has a menial secretary type ob at a boys correctional residence AT AGE 24she slept on a cot in the atticshe had no need for friendstook laxatives often tells us about emptying her bowels obsessive with her laxative addictionshe smelled hated to shower loved the filth on her bodyher father a retired police officer often told her she smelled like hell a vile man anywayshe felt like killing her father but didn t want him to die yet he was always degraded hershe drank beer with her dad ate peanutsshe wasn t friendly with her father but they did talk sometimes she lived in his house it was ust the two of themHer father owned a gun which Eileen talks about and I wondered aboutEileen would hide her father s shoes so he couldn t leave the house to walk to the liuor storeHer father didn t like Eileen at all had loyalty toward his bottle of gin than heras a child she was plump and uglyat 24 she was 100 pounds with many clothes ona body of bones Her hip bones stuck out so much it hurt when she bumped into tables and thingsshe tells us about her sexual fantasies her repressed sexuality her masturbation but she is a virgin at 24and her bitterness for never having love in her lifewe learn Eileen had a date to her Senior Prom likes the color navy blue wore a navy blue dress but her date wasn t the star love in her story She fancied another guy obsessively almost stalking himshe hated church but went with her father on Sundaysshe had an older sister pretty she had moved away They didn t talkEileen spent time in the cold basement of the house like her mother often did before she died wondered what her mother did there Her mother was mean too Eileen cried much when her dog died than when her mother diedshe pretended to believe in god She spent years of going to bible school as a childEileen was shy didn t like happy peopleor pretty people She was lonely and angry felt abandoned by her dad and the world She was negative about everyone and everything She pitied herself and didn t care about others Eileen was darker than dark Why should I ache for anyone else My pain was the only one that achedMost of the storyI was neutral of udgement to this odd young womenI kept listening to the of War Songs judgement to this odd young womenI kept listening to the intently to Eileen talk on and on HOLDING MY INTEREST THE NARRATOR GETS THE HIGHEST RATING FROM ME TRULY OUTSTANDING I began to wonderHOW WILL THIS STORY END How will I feel I was getting and curious towards the endwith NO CLUE how Ottessa Moshfegh would bring Eileen to a final close I didn t feel repulsed reading about Eileen s childhood Seems I was able to hear it from a distance without my own well being being disturbed I was simply present I was very interested to know how this story would end I admit towards the end my compassion deepen for Eileen as the wounded child she was Tears ran down my cheeks at the later LATER endfrom exhaustion Orust completely over whelmed blown away by this storyI thought of this uote If I am not for myself who is for me And if I am only for myself what am I And if not now when HillelI thought this was a phenomenal engaging audiobook a brilliant character study the narrative has energy and vision A tragic storybut utterly engrossing to the final end SORRY AGAIN I m failing with the 3 sentences I may still work on it I ust thought this book was exceptional uniue clearly not for everyone I am however saving tons of time not reading many arc books I m in heaven this year much happier reading what I want when I want Not following a due date list EILEEN did not work for meat allEILEEN 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 passionuntil an inane opportunity to make a change presents itselfEILEEN has a stagnant almost nonexistent plot that goes nowhere and a repulsive character analysis that seemed to go on forever with an ending that was pretty much a non eventGlad this one is ove. Ul and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at the prison Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship But her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.
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5 stars If you didn t "Like The Girl On The "The Girl on the 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 guard who works at the prison where she s employed she casually wonders how much time someone would serve to be with a young boy who s incarcerated and she is all too eager to succumb to the charms of a beautiful new female counselor who is intent upon befriending
of a beautiful new female counselor who is intent upon befriending It s uncomfortable and often disgusting being in Eileen s head but it s absolutely riveting as well I think it s so interesting to read these portrayals of unlikeable and loathsome women we come in all shapes and colors and personalities and while there are a lot of anti heroes or men behaving badly who are the main characters in books as television and film it s much rarer to see the focus on a non sympathetic woman particularly ones like Eileen or Rachel who aren t glamorous seductive creatures The Amy Dunnes of the world are the secondary characters in these books and while this seems unpalatable to some readers these types of characters are much nuanced and realistic to meAnyway as a mystery this one s pretty straightforward and I wish the ending was stronger But as a character study this book is completely absorbing and fascinating 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 who sounds like she should have gone to the grave sooner But ust when life is dull boring and lifeless in steps a coworker she uickly becomes enamoured with A friend who alters her life in a twisted and dark reality An engaging read This was a very different story Shocking at times yep I think my L'Attaque des Titans T28
jaw dropped and at times my skin crawled with disgust Moshfegh has created some unlikeable characters but drives the plot in a direction that is refreshingly disturbing yet breezy 35 What if she could smell that I was menstruating and that I hadn t washed What if she smelled it clear as day but didn t say anything How then would I know whether or not she d smelled it and how ought I act to pretend I didn t know Rebecca smelled itWelcome to the anxiety ridden mind of Eileen Eileen lives in a perpetual fantasy Her words not mine She will undoubtedly go down in herstory as one of the most memorable characters I have ever read This is an inside the head of a damaged person kind of story so if that s not your thing hit the lights on your way outNothing to speak of ever happens in this story it sust the reader and Eileen suffering through day to day life until it s notEileen takes her time bringing us to the eluded point in her life where everything gets flipped upside down That point is at 85% and it s as gasp worthy as any moment I have ever read I mean set my tablet aside mouthing what the fuck WHAT THE FUCKA couple of GR friends have recommended this book to me multiple times and clearly they ve been paying attention to my proclivity for dark disuieting and nefarious stories This book is everything I love so thanks ladies you hit the nail on the thumb with this one 5 repugnant vile fierce exhibitionistic stars 10th Favorite Read of 2016 I 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 fanta SELF LOATHING AS A FORM OF ARTIn the past few years uite 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 Grotesue by Natsuo Kirino the unnamed un beautiful older sister spends her whole life hating everybody especially herself A Day Off by Storm Jameson the unnamed middle aged alcoholic frump spends a day hating everybody especially herself Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill the unnamed am I seeing a pattern here wife spends a solid year or so hating mostly herself Dietland by Sarai Walker Plum Kettle hey unroll your eyes that s her name spends her entire life self loathing her own plus size bodyAll of Jean Rhys novels except Wide Sarga. 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 sualor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day ob as a secretary at the boys prison filled with its own uotidian horrors Consumed by. S
so Sea the variously names alcoholic heroines all of whom "are Jean spend their allotted few months in each book totally hating themselves and pretty much everything else the curtains "Jean spend their allotted few months in each book totally hating themselves and pretty much everything else the curtains breakfast egg etc The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek the gold standard of female self loathing against which all other self loathers are to be udged Erica Kohut spends her entire waking moments hating herself and everything else to such a level of frenzy that the women in the above mentioned books would only look on in envy and loathe themselves a little bit because they couldn t uite get to the level of loathingness Erica Kohut "achieves with seeming easeEnter Eileen Dunlop 24 years old living in a filthy house with her "
with seeming easeEnter Eileen Dunlop 24 years old living in a filthy house with her alcoholic father who let s her know Cucina Povera
just how plain and dim she is every day She works as a secretary at a private boy s prison She has put all her father s shoes in the boot of her car to stop him roaming around their cold New England town terrorising the citizens by peeing in their gardens sleeping in their porches and so forth He s an ex cop so all the current cops are very sympathetic She dutifully buys his drink and she hates herself and her life in great detail Here is here relationship with her father I was an adult I knew that I had no curfew There were no official house rules There were only my father s arbitrary rages and when he was in one he would only relax if I agreed to whatever odd humiliating punishment he came up with He d bar me from the kitchen order me to walk to Lardner s and back in the rain The worst crime I could commit in his eyes was to do anything for my own pleasure anything outside my daughterly duties Ugh I mean it s not Stalag 15 I ve heard of worse things than walking to the liuor store in the rain but the unremittingness of Eileen s life gets you She is has no friends she s introverted obsessed with her own body wait till you get to the pages about her toilet regime I would tell you about it but you wouldn t want me to and really she s a hopeless caseThe blurb lets you know that SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN to this poor wretch and the novel is divided into days MONDAY followed by TUESDAY the big dramatic buildup and this works to keep you reading furiously and yes something DOES happen but you have to wait for it Hint CHRISTMAS EVEHere s some advice from Eileen which I have made a note of When I was very upset hot and shaking I had a particular way of controlling myself I found an empty room and grit my teeth and pinched my nipples while kicking the air like a cancan dancer until I felt foolish and ashamed That always did the trick I am totally going to try that next time I am very upset 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 nastyob And Eileen is not particularly nice either in fact she s pretty nasty and she pretty much knows it Enough said There s no poi I couldn t be bothered to deal with fixing things I preferred to wallow in the problem dream of better daysthis 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 uvenile 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 return it s about obsession crime loneliness frustr 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 2015Unfortunately 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 depressive to curious and strange But the story drags on There is no action and a lot of repetitions You constantly feel like surely next page something is going to happen Not so much out of suspense but rather because you see the pages of the book running out The interesting plot only starts at the very end where the reader finally finds out what hideous crime Eileen was involved inEileen s story is told in the first person by an Eileen who is fifty years older and looking back on her life First person narrative told by a despicable character in flashback is a bold choice for any novel let alone a debut. 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 beautif.