Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The plot revolves around Eleanor oliphant a very interesting character. At first she is shown as being blunt and very unlikable however as the story unfolds her character and personality really comes through. She is definitely not a predictable character.
The book highlights many key themes including Loneliness in adult life and how it can impact the day to day life of individuals who have no one at all. In the book Eleanor’s closest companion is her plant.It briefly highlights Alcoholism and how we sort of become accustomed to habits like drinking everyday or in most situations.
Gail Honeyman has done a great job in the way she portrayed childhood abuse and trauma can impact someone’s entire adult life through Eleanor’s character. The fact that the trauma never really leaves you, professional help can make dealing with it easier. She also briefly highlights how foster care experiences can somewhat make you feel unwanted and displaced your entire life.
Everything Eleanor has gone through as a child and the upbringing her mother gave resulted in her character being very abrupt at times and not knowing really how to behave and function in social situations. You can probably also interpret her character as having some development problems from the fact that the build up of trauma and isolation all her life has somewhat made her dysfunctional in normal society resulting in her having very minimal social skills. This is further shown in her obsession with the musician and her abnormal ways of pursuing her love life.
The character of Mummy is just the epitome of evilness and Honeyman really brings her horrible character to life as the story unravels.
Lastly the character of Raymond – you cant help but fall in love with it. He is everything Eleanor needed in her life, a loyal friend whom she can count on.
“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”
Rating – 4/5
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With Love A.