I absolutely adored Eleanor Oliphant. The unfolding tale of Eleanor’s life, her childhood, her relationship with her mother, her obsessive desire to meet the ‘perfect’ man, and her friendship with Raymond is beautifully written and held my attention throughout.
Her inability to function within a normal social gathering, along with her straightforward talking, was hilarious on occasions but it also made me want to cry on her behalf. They say that opposites attract and her friendship with Raymond is proof of this. Raymond is such an amazing character and shows Eleanor a different route in life, forcing her to try new experiences, going out, changing routine. Eleanor has a strong, wilful and highly independent personality but even strong, independent people need someone to lean on once in a while. I don’t think Eleanor would have been able to deal with memories that resurfaced if she did not have Raymond by her side.
Funny yet heart-wrenching. Be prepared to experience a range of emotions and enjoy every minute of it.
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?