“A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a woman who’s wholly alone occasionally talks to a pot plant, is she certifiable? I think that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It’s not as though I’m expecting a reply. I’m fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.”
― Gail Honeyman,
When I first started off on the book, I must say I wasn’t quite impressed with Eleanor’s character. I found her to be way too aloof in life. But as the book progressed and more shades of Eleanor’s character were revealed, I was pulled into it. She has a past, and a lurking guilt along with it. Her anti-social behavior is an outcome of this past. New friendships forged, tap this exterior and she seeks love and forgiveness in her life.
At 32 years of age, Eleanor struggles with her social skills. She’s been working for the last nine years as a finance clerk in the same graphics design company in Glasgow. She arrives and leaves at the exact same time each day and does the newspaper crosswords every day during her lunch hours. Her life is carefully timetabled- one where she avoids social interactions, spends her weekend with frozen pizzas and vodkas. Life is more of a habit for her, and being lonely isn’t really a bother. And then enters Raymond the high energy, yet un- hygienic youngster from her office.
Together with Raymond, Eleanor ends up saving an elderly gentleman called Sammy who had fallen off the sidewalk. Over the days, the three become good friends, only to realize that that each live their own life of isolation. Slowly, Eleanor begins to realize that the only way to survive is to open her heart out. She takes that step to find a way to repair her lonely soul.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is all about making those much needed changes in life, to overcome depressing thoughts and confronting secrets that one avoids all their life.
This post is a part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I write about twenty six women characters from books, who have left an impact on me. You can read the previous posts here- Women in Books