Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. She lives in Glasgow, where she works in an office from 9 till 5. Wears the same clothes every day, eats the same meals for lunch and avoids making contacts with others unless it is necessary.
She is happy. She has all that she needs expects she has nothing.
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.
She is nearly 30 years old and has no friends, no family, only her “mummy” who calls her every Wednesday. Her childhood was a rough one. After the accident she survived at the age of 10 she has scars all over her face and body and her life turned into a different path. She was taken in to foster care and during the years, she was moved from family to family until she was old enough to take care for herself and start living alone, completely alone. She has no one even to talk with as she says “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.”
However all this changes when one night when she was leaving work and she met Raymond. He involved her in his social life which really brings her back to life, literally. Soon Eleanor realises that if she wants to survive she has to open up her heart.
I have to admit that I was expecting a lot more from the book. It is so popular here and I was reading a lot of good reviews of it. Well it is definitely not a book for me, especially the end , which was a bit weird for me.
Recently I have read that Reese Witherspoon is adapting the book into a movie. After her success of turning Wild and Gone girl into movies and her brilliant work on Big Little Lies there is no doubt that Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine is going to be a hit for the people who like the book.