Happy March! I hope you’re enjoying Spring… oh wait, it’s still snowing outside… February flew by! So with that in mind, I will confess to only having managed to get through one book this month, but it was a good’un! (I have started to read another book but felt it would be a bit silly to include this month so March’s segment it is!).
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.”*
I really enjoyed this novel. Honeyman weaves a light-hearted “coming of age” style narrative around a serious discussion of the extent to which the human mind can suppress events that have taken place throughout a persons life.
Eleanor lives an uneventful life, partaking in the same routine day after day, week after week. When she meets her new co-worker, Rodger, a strange unfolding of events leads her to become aware of what it is to socialise, to have friends. Eleanor is an extremely complex character, her oddities often highlighted by contrasting her to the other “normal’ characters in the novel. Honeyman manages to develop Eleanor’s character in a way that leaves her starkly different to the woman she was at the beginning of the novel.
The novel is the perfect balance of happy and sad. While on a surface level the novel focuses around a socially inept woman approaching thirty, trying (and often failing) to fit in and lead a life of normality, the deeper workings of the novel focus on something much darker. But, as the title would suggest, Eleanor is completely fine!
As an unlikely friendship unfolds, we see the almost robot like Eleanor becoming human. She begins to feel, to open up, and to confront her demons. Eleanor is helped by new her friend, Rodger, a chance encounter with an old man, Sammy, and (at times) her office colleagues.
This book is a whirlwind of emotions. It had me laughing, teary eyed and VERY frustrated (at the characters, not because of any flaws in the plot.) If you’re looking for a light-hearted read with an undercurrent of depth and darkness then give this a go!
Do you have any suggestions for some March reads? Let me know in the comments!
xoxo – “Yer Wan”, Jessie
*Taken from the blurb on the hardback cover.