No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
“When the silence and the loneliness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.”
Eleanor Oliphant is 30 years old, working as a financial assistant to a company. She lives a lonely life, where she does not have any social interactions at all. But she doesn’t worry. She has been working in this company since the day she left university. Every Wednesday she speaks to her mummy over the phone, and drinks Vodka during the weekend. She seems perfectly ok.
Eleanor meets Raymond who works in the same company, in the IT department. To Eleanor, he seems to be the most unhygienic person that exists in the world. As if by destiny, they become very good friends, after they helped an almost dying person on the street, by taking him to the hospital. This incident becomes the first turning point in her life. Eleanor and Raymond’s friendship started to bloom after this incident, which makes her understand that she is not at all ok, even though she thought so.
I found Eleanor as a lonely person, who lives her own life, does not care about others opinions and pays attention to very minor details. I was listening to the audio book, and every bit of it was wonderful. I felt all the emotions that Eleanor went through in her life. She has gone through so much.
It is amazing to see how Raymond was able to change the life of Eleanor, in a completely positive manner. He brings the best out of her and always expects the best for her. I loved both the characters, Eleanor and Raymond, which brings light to the whole story.
The story is all about love, caring, family, true friends. It was emotional. Sometimes it made me cry and also, laugh. The narrator of the audio book, Cathleen McCarron, has done a marvellouse job. Her voice brings life to the characters and the story.
In the end, what I felt was, there can be so many Eleanors’ in our society. But do we pay attention to them? No right? True friendship and understanding can change another persons life, just like Eleanor’s. The book carries the weight of this real life situation. What an amazing, heart-touching and emotional story!!!
It is indeed a book that should be read by everyone. Great work by the author, Gail Honeyman.
“These days, loneliness is the new cancer—a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”
(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much
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