Eileen book review

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Eileen book review

The cover of the book Eileen. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

The cover of the book Eileen. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

The cover of the book Eileen. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

The cover of the book Eileen. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

Fiona McAleer, Staff Writer

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The only way that I would describe the book Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh is disturbingly beautiful. I was perplexed when the book mysteriously showed up on my front porch. My dad explained that he had ordered it for me because the book was on the list for the Man Booker Prize ,which is an award given to one of the best originally written fictional novels. I was intrigued and eagerly began reading. Eileen Dunlop is the main character in the story. Her life is made up of morbid aspects. For example, she has an alcoholic father and works in a boys prison. The thing that is the most compelling about the novel is the main character herself. She is unlike any other individual that I have been introduced to through reading. She is dominated by envy and disturbing thoughts. Although this may seem repealing, it is interesting to read from her perspective. Throughout the book I became increasingly more uncomfortable as the story unfolded. I think that the best types of literature should make you feel troubled because we are usually not learning new things unless we are stepping out of our comfort zones. I highly recommend this book and think that anyone with a taste for abnormal fiction would thoroughly enjoy this piece of literature as well.