Eileen (Review)

I don’t want to sound like a parrot, but this is another great book if you want to look at narrative viewpoint – and it’s told in first-person!

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ottessa Moshfegh uses a very interesting narrative viewpoint in this novel. Eileen is observed from a distance by her future-self, who is looking back on the moment she left home and effectively ‘stopped being Eileen’. Because of this, Eileen is portrayed as a completely separate person from the narrator (although, from the odd comments that the narrator gives about her current life, I think there is a still a trace of Eileen left inside her). The way the narrator shifts through time was very interesting too (e.g. when she is talking about Eileen being thin and her terrible eating habits, to then mention that one of her husbands was a chef and that she gained weight when being with him).
Although Eileen is a disgusting, unlikeable character I felt for her situation (always the sign of great writing) and was curious to see how her relationship with Rebecca would progress and how it would lead to her leaving ‘X-ville’. And that’s the major issue with this novel – as, for me, the ending turned out to be very lacklustre.

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