McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh

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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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ISBN : 1934200859
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 pages


Helen rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2015

This book has salt on its fists and iron on its dancing feet. What a piece of vicious brilliance.

Sentimental Surrealist rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Steffi rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

Was ist wahr, was ist Delirium? Das lässt sich schwer sagen, denn die Geschichte wird aus der Sicht des dauerbetrunkenen Matrosen McGlue erzählt. Und was nicht dem Alkohol geschuldet ist, geht vielleicht auf seinen gespaltenen Schädel zurück, den er sich irgendwann zuzog. Gewalt und Homophobie si...

Peter rated it ★★★★★

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’...

Brent rated it ★★★★★

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...

Kevin rated it ★★★☆☆

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.

Michelle rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Zulfiya rated it ★★☆☆☆

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...

Charles Dee rated it ★★★★☆

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....

Patty rated it ★★★★★

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...

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