HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Mijn jaar van rust en kalmte roman by…
Loading...

Mijn jaar van rust en kalmte roman (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Ottessa Moshfegh, Tjadine Stheeman, Lidwien Biekmann

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,3666510,279 (3.62)74
It's early 2000 on New York City's Upper East Side, and the alienation of Moshfegh's unnamed young protagonist from others is nearly complete when she initiates her yearlong siesta, during which time she experiences limited personal interactions. Her parents have died; her relationships with her bulimic best friend Reva, an ex-boyfriend, and her drug-pushing psychiatrist are unwholesome. As her pill-popping intensifies, so does her isolation and determination to leave behind the world's travails. She is also beset by dangerous blackouts induced by a powerful medication.… (more)
Member:WXC77
Title:Mijn jaar van rust en kalmte roman
Authors:Ottessa Moshfegh
Other authors:Tjadine Stheeman, Lidwien Biekmann
Info:Amsterdam Hollands Diep 2018
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:None

Work details

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (2018)

  1. 10
    The New Me by Halle Butler (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Both novels share razor-sharp writing, a deeply unsympathetic protagonist and an eye for the less savory parts of daily existence.
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 74 mentions

English (61)  Piratical (1)  Dutch (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (64)
Showing 1-5 of 61 (next | show all)
With the help of what may be the worst psychiatrist in New York City, a nameless narrator in her 20s decides to sleep away the year. Which she does, to blackly comic results. It's weird and misanthropic, though not as intense as Eileen, and not that much happens--and yet the narrator's basic awfulness is somehow compelling.

(Small note: the copy editors were asleep. I caught spelling errors and completely contradictory information on the narrator's age in multiple places.) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Very curious. Well done, well read. Not sure what the point is, but not indifferent to that question. I came to care for both main characters. Bleak, black comedy. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
Aptly described by my friend Quinn as nauseating yet enticing. Ooof. ( )
  rosscharles | May 19, 2021 |
In Haruki Murakami's [b:After Dark|17803|After Dark|Haruki Murakami|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1437952316s/17803.jpg|3070852] we meet Eri, an attractive young woman who has decided to “go to sleep”, and who lies in bed in a sort of suspended animation, a cross between a latter-day Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Murakami's is a magical world, and typically, no explanation is given to us as to the why and how of this extraordinary event.

Not so in Ottessa Moshfegh's latest novel. Its narrator is a 24-year old Columbia graduate who, having last her parents in close succession, and disillusioned with the art scene in which she works (and with the world in general) decides to undergo a self-imposed regime of 'sleep therapy'. There are those who, faced with an existential crisis, go on a retreat or undergo a spiritual epiphany. Instead, over a 12-month period between 2000 and 2001, the novel's protagonist goes into near-hibernation, with the help of a mind-numbing list of mind-numbing substances. These are conveniently prescribed and sometimes supplied by her psychiatrist Dr Tuttle : There was no shortage of psychiatrists in New York City, but finding one as irresponsible and weird as Dr Tuttle would be a challenge... Solfoton, Ambien, Robitussin, Nembutal, Zyprexa - anything to go to sleep. And then there's Infermiterol - the closest we get to a magic potion in this book. Each pill sends the narrator on a three-day long bout of sleepwalking, of which no memory remains after the event except for photographs evidencing nights of riotous hedonism.

This novel is an uncompromising work. It displays acerbic wit and a strong dose of black humour, but whether this will provide the reader with any "rest and relaxation" is a different matter altogether. For a start, its protagonist is difficult to love. Clearly highly intelligent and spot-on in her observations, she is also egoistical and egotistical, and her apparent disdain of society also extends to her only friend, whom she treats with an irritating sense of superiority (or is hers an inverted inferiority complex?) The vacuity of a year spent in hibernation, the images of soulless sex and materialistic, degraded art, sometimes rub off on the novel itself, which grows tiring at intervals.

And yet there's much to admire in this work, whether one opts to read it as an expression of millennial angst or a darkly comic critique of the contemporary art world or, indeed, of 21st Century Western society. The pleasure afforded by this novel is at times akin to the guilty, voyeuristic fascination some find in watching a car crash. But perhaps this is how it is meant to be.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2018/08/sleeping-beauty-my-year-of-rest-and.h... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
The nameless narrator- a slim, beautiful, wealthy, seriously screwed -up New York 20-something retreats into a netherworld of drug-induced Lethe. To keep a novel going and the reader engaged on that basis is quite an achievement, and in a work quite as weird and surreal as "Eileen", Ms Moshfegh pretty much succeeds.
As her days and nights meld into one amorphous pill-popping, video-watching nothingness, punctuated by trips to her inept, enabling psychiatrist for more supplies; visits from a troubled friend and occasional contact with a predatory ex, one wonders how it can ever reach any kind of conclusion..
Clever, entertaining, well-written and entirely original. ( )
  starbox | Nov 27, 2020 |
Showing 1-5 of 61 (next | show all)
"A beautiful 24-year-old gallery assistant wants nothing more than to sleep — not for a rejuvenating eight hours, but 'full-time,' like a hibernating bear or an aspiring narcoleptic. Her goal is to sleep, not perchance to dream, but to 'drown out my thoughts and judgments, since the constant barrage made it hard not to hate everyone and everything.'"
 

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ottessa Moshfeghprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baude, ClémentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biekmann, LidwienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, AlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guerzoni, GioiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stheeman, TjadineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
If you're smart or rich or lucky
Maybe you'll beat the laws of man
But the inner laws of spirit
And the outer laws of nature
No man can
No, no man can . . .
"The Wolf that Lives in Lindsey," Joni Mitchell
Dedication
For Luke. My one. My only.
First words
Whenever I woke up, night or day, I'd shuffle through the bright marble foyer of my building and go up the block and around the corner where there was a bodega that never closed.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

It's early 2000 on New York City's Upper East Side, and the alienation of Moshfegh's unnamed young protagonist from others is nearly complete when she initiates her yearlong siesta, during which time she experiences limited personal interactions. Her parents have died; her relationships with her bulimic best friend Reva, an ex-boyfriend, and her drug-pushing psychiatrist are unwholesome. As her pill-popping intensifies, so does her isolation and determination to leave behind the world's travails. She is also beset by dangerous blackouts induced by a powerful medication.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.62)
0.5 1
1 12
1.5 5
2 39
2.5 4
3 91
3.5 26
4 164
4.5 12
5 71

GenreThing

No genres

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 160,320,206 books! | Top bar: Always visible