This contemporary fiction novel tells the funny and uplifting story of Eleanor Oliphant. In Glasgow Eleanor lives a lonely life, she avoids contact as much as possible. She just does her job, goes home and drinks vodka on weekends. When she meets Raymond, that changes. They take care of Sammy, an elderly man who passes out on the sidewalk. Eleanor has to face her struggles and repair herself. This book will soon be a motion picture, produced by Reese Witherspoon.
On social media, there was nothing but praise for the book. The book was also named Book of the year at the British Book Awards and it has won other awards too. Not seeing a single negative comment, I became a bit sceptical. I wasn’t sure the book would live up to all the expectations that the media had created for me. By reading the book, I found out that it deserved all the praise. This is a great book.
Eleanor is not really the best at any activity that involves socializing. She just goes to work, tries to ignore her coworkers and goes home at weekends to drink vodka. Her life is filled with rhythms. Instead of continuing her lonely, but effective according to her, habit, she meets Raymond. It’s adorable to see how Eleanor handles things in her own way. By extensively describing how Eleanor finds certain things very peculiar, Gail Honeyman has really hit a sweet spot.
Next to being funny, the book is also very powerful. Inbetween all the funny and sweet moments, Eleanor was struggling with horrors from her past. Still, Eleanor wants to remain in control of her own life and make her own decisions. I really loved that about her as a character. Though she wasn’t always very wise, she wanted to remain in control.
Another great thing about this book is the writing style. Looking from Eleanor’s perspective, you get to read a surprising look at the world. You get to laugh, enjoy, and maybe also be sad with her. You get drawn into her world and you’re surprised about how she handles things. That’s why this book was not one to put down. Eleanor is such an unpredictable character that she surprises you a lot in the book.
I read the book in awe, absolutely loving every moment. Elinear Oliphant is Completely Fine really deserves all the praise it is getting. It’s a book with humour, but also a serious story. As you can’t help but love Eleanor, you get completely drawn into her world. I would recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to everyone.
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