Read McGlue Online Free - Selected for the inaugural Fence Modern Prize in Prose by Rivka Galchen.
Salem, Massachusetts, 1851: McGlue is in the hold, still too drunk to be sure of name or situation or orientation—he may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A-sail on the high seas of literary tradition, Ottessa Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard on a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection.
They said I've done something wrong? . . . And they've just left me down here to starve. They'll see this inanition and be so damned they'll fall to my feet and pass up hot cross buns slathered in fresh butter and beg I forgive them. All of them . . . : the entire world one by one. Like a good priest I'll pat their heads and nod. I'll dunk my skull into a barrel of gin.
Ottessa Moshfegh was awarded the 2013 Plimpton Discovery Prize for her stories in the Paris Review and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford, and lives in Oakland, California.
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January 01, 2015
This book has salt on its fists and iron on its dancing feet.
What a piece of vicious brilliance.
August 14, 2017
We have yet to see the next-level Ottessa Moshfegh book that I firmly believe she's capable of delivering. So I'm holding out on the five that my effusive review might otherwise point to. This, of course, is the way of things; she's only now coming up on book three, and I'd rather someone begin a...
November 24, 2014
I could have five-starred this scrappy little number sight unseen. I've been dying to get my hands on a Moshfegh book for years now. And when her first collection of stories comes out, well, beware of tumbling, tumbling accolades, kudos, and boy-howdies!
But I have read it. And I have rated it. An...
April 06, 2015
MCGLUE, the title and main character of the novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, is unmoored in a rummy ocean of memories and over the 100-odd pages of his narrative tries to grab hold of some buoy of truth to anchor himself to the possibility that he murdered his friend and companion named Johnson. There’...
July 04, 2017
There's some strong ingredients here but it doesn't really come together for me. I love Ottessa's other work but this damaged sailor's tale is my least favorite.
December 26, 2014
I enjoyed this book. I would have never chosen it. The text is a little confusing at times because the main character flashes back between the present and past. McGlue is a complex man who struggles with his homosexuality, his history, and his view of women. He is further confounded by his debili...
July 28, 2015
This book is just over 120 pages long, and it took me four days to read. It's a slog. But it's worth it.
McGlue wakes up in the belly of the ship he's supposed to be crew on with the news that he's killed his best friend in life. He's an alcoholic in the truest sense, and as he floats through the...
March 17, 2015
Here is a great 19th century novel of the sea seen through the alcoholic haze of a man accused of murdering his best friend. There are exotic ports of call, men driven by despair and anger to seek the unanchored existence of a sailor, and hints of all the allegorical possibilities of "the voyage....
July 22, 2016
i've said before ottessa moshfegh is the best writer working right now. i think it's probably true, and then i think to myself that we don't need terms like best or worst. she's just doing her thing and it's fucking amazing. McGlue is violent and harsh and delicate and so empathetic and lovely. t...
February 17, 2015
Lackluster grit ... yeah, I know, it does sound nosensical, and so is the book. The idea was interesting, but the pretentious grittiness was sub-par. All the ingredients for a good book (intrigue, confused memories, self-destructive unreliable character, two plot-lines, two temporal planes, famil...