Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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 have so much to say about this novel, I’m struggling to put my thoughts into a coherent sentence. It’s honest and touching and warm and dark and utterly unforgettable. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will break your heart, then mend it, then leave you feeling as if you are a new person by the time you finish it. I can’t stop thinking about this book and I’m so glad I finally picked up my copy. It was meant to be a treat for myself – an unbirthday present – for finishing my second novel and what a treat it was! I couldn’t have asked for a better book!
Eleanor Oliphant leads a lonely life. She follows her timetable, sticking to the regime of meal deals for lunch, vodka for her weekends and the same strict dress code every single day but then all of a sudden something happens that sends her spiralling off into a new way of life. And she must navigate a new path which holds more surprises than she ever could have predicted possible.
Eleanor is such a special character. She’s kind, honest, compassionate, sweet and funny. What more could you want from a character, a friend, a person?
I won’t go into it too much but suffice to say Eleanor has lived through a lot of hardship, and yet at no point does she pity herself or feel sorry for herself, she takes bad days as they come, meets the rudeness and cruelty from society with a flair and sweetness that is unparalleled. I loved her so much! And not just her, Raymond too! He is equally as wonderful.
I thought about quoting a paragraph or two from the book but when it came to it I just couldn’t. There are too many elements to it that touched me, too many sentences brimming with emotion and meaning, too many paragraphs filled with warmth and character that inspired a love for this wonderful person, to possibly chose from.
This novel will pull at your heartstrings and fill you with love and admiration for a single remarkable character – someone who will no doubt linger on in your mind for a long time to come. Marvellous!
Moving. Dark. Tender.
If you would like to read it, here is the link!