Second quarter round-up

As the heatwave scorches continental Europe, the UK finally enjoys a few days of decent weather with the sun. I'm writing this post on my balcony basking in the sun like a cat and finally making use of the reclining chairs I bought in the winter. The second quarter of this year was surprisingly long. …

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Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh – Quotes

Looking at my reflection really did soothe me, though I hated my face with a passion. Such is the life of self-obsessed. I was terribly grim and unaffected, unfriendly. Or else I was strained and chipper and awkward, grating. "Ha-ha", I said, "Coming or going, that's me - flat." I'd never learned how to relate …

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh – Quotes

I loved Reva, but I didn't like her anymore. We'd been friends since college, long enough that all we had left in common was our history together, a complex circuit of resentment, memory, jealousy, denial, and a few dresses I'd let Reva borrow, which she'd promised to dry clean and return but never did. She …

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh

I did not read Eileen, but this book caught my attention both due to its title and cover that really stands out. The title sounded almost serene to me, but the cover was a dissonance. The blurb on the cover made it pretty clear that the title definitely is ironic, if not full-on sarcastic. Our main character …

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