71 BOOK My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018)

January 25, 2024

Ottesa Moshfegh (Boston, USA – 1981)

“All acts of creation are acts of destruction.”

-Pablo Picasso

I had high hopes for this book because the title caught my eye. I must admit that, in my first attempt to read it, I couldn’t get into it and left it in the early pages. However, it piqued my curiosity about what would happen to the protagonist who decides to “hibernate” for a year.

The story takes us into the life of a wealthy woman who chooses to disconnect from the world. It unfolds in New York, where the protagonist seeks to break free from societal expectations and the pressures of a life deemed “privileged.” She turns to a combination of prescription drugs to spend an entire year in a state of induced drowsiness.

The narrative is dark, VERY DARK, and sometimes uncomfortable, but it possesses sharp humour that weaves the story with a critical look at contemporary culture and social conventions. Through the protagonist’s disconnection, the author examines themes such as alienation, the search for meaning, and the nature of happiness in a society obsessed with productivity and success.

A secondary character adds a great touch to this book, and as I progressed through its pages, both the protagonist and her “best friend” made me feel the suffocation in which they lived their lives.

This work invites reflection on human nature, loneliness, and the search for authenticity in a world that often seems superficial and alienating.

It’s not a book for everyone. You have to be willing to immerse yourself in the darkness, but it’s worth reaching the last page, as it has a potent ending.

Thank you for reading.

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