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Eileen: A Novel

Eileen: A Novel

Scritto da Ottessa Moshfegh

Narrato da Alyssa Bresnahan


Eileen: A Novel

Scritto da Ottessa Moshfegh

Narrato da Alyssa Bresnahan

valutazioni:
4/5 (41 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
8 ore
Pubblicato:
Aug 18, 2015
ISBN:
9781490673950
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

A lonely young woman working in a boys' prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in fiction

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 literature.

Pubblicato:
Aug 18, 2015
ISBN:
9781490673950
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (2/5)
    Relentless one -note grimness, extreme repetition dragging out the interminable setup to what is finally the actual plot, seemingly random paragraph structure jumping from plot exposition to pronouncements of the protagonist’s state of mind, with those pronouncements notably contradicting themselves several times — there really is little to recommend in this book. It is an interesting window into the restricted world of a single woman in that place and time, suburban Boston ca. 1964. But otherwise it is a chore to get through and unenjoyable throughout.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the book! The characters were believable! Although, I wished Lee could have gotten out of jail and received counseling. The writer could have added more to the ending. For example, what happened to Rebecca? More storyline on Randy, Eileen sister and Eileen husbands.
  • (5/5)

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    Amazing. Eileen is dark and relatable to such a degree that you feel a bit uncomfortable - especially for any woman who remembers the physical discomfort of puberty or had a strained relationship with a parental figure. The narration is spot on and very engrossing.

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