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?
An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life and the simple power of a little kindness
I am so sad that I’ve just finished Eleanor, it was amazing from start to finish.
Firstly, Eleanor Oliphant herself is a wonderful, complex character whom you can’t help but love. She clearly suffers from mental illness and is extremely socially awkward resulting in some hilarious moments, like being baffled by her colleagues making fun of her wearing one white cotton glove for her eczema.
The writing is beautiful and I love that it is in 1st person so we get to stay inside Eleanor’s head the whole time, and her extensive vocabulary is impressive. I read with my pencil to hand, how could I resist underlining sentences like this; These days loneliness is the new cancer – a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.
This is a heart-breaking read – one of loneliness, self-hatred and dealing with PTSD. But also uplifting, with themes of self-discovery, change, taking chances and allowing positivity into your life.
I’d recommend to all!
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