Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
I really did not know what to expect when I purchased this book, I simply followed the crowd and picked it up because everyone was talking about it. Now that I have read it, I know why! This is a story full of compassion, originality and loneliness, with a cast of funny, unique and unforgettable characters. By creating the main character, Eleanor, the author has provided a vital insight into the lives of others, that otherwise, we may not even be aware.
Eleanor is such a simple character, but with such complexity underneath. Her fragility and quirkiness makes it impossible not to warm to her. At times her character could be frustrating to follow, but that is simply because she sees the world differently to most of us and even with the frustration, her character is a lovable one. The supporting characters in the story are also well written, especially Raymond who, quite simply, is amazing. It is so heartwarming to see their relationship develop throughout the book. And Eleanor’s relationship with her mother is written very well.
There were times when I cried, and times where I laughed. The story had the perfect balance of heartbreaking moments, lifted with touching moments and brilliant narrative.
The pace was good throughout, only having one or two moments where I felt it slowed, but not enough to warrant dropping a star on my rating. A definite recommendation.