Top positive review
McGlue requires multiple reads but it packs so much in such a short book
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
This book cannot be condensed to a review. It is definitely a book that is heavy with meaning between the spaces of its lines. It is difficult to explain what this book is about because it definitely feels as if its something that you need to experience. Moshfegh does such a brilliant job of making you feel as drunk as our unlikable and unreliable narrator that transcribed words can't do justice to the experience. I will give a warning that I feel that this is a book that requires multiple readings to get at the nuances that she is able to capture. I cannot believe she was able to add so much to a single character in only 145 pages. This was my book club's choice for February and when we all started the discussion we stated that we had disliked the book. As we continued to dissect McGlue, his interactions, his backstory, his relationships and his "voyage through the fogs of recollection" we found that there was so much to unpack and ended up really loving this book. One of my fellow book club members pointed out that Moshfegh got the idea from the story from an 1800s newspaper clipping about a man accused of murder. This was the spark for this novella. Definitely give it a chance. Moshfegh truly continues to create her own unique voice in this story. I had read My Year of Rest and Relaxation prior to reading this book and could see hints of how McGlue went on to inspire MYORR.