Eleanor Oliphant lived in her head more than she lived anywhere else. For her it was like the safest place and scariest as well. Having had a rough childhood she never knew how to cope up with a normal life. She was socially awkward; talked her mind and never bothered on how others looked at her. Her routine was the same from past 9 years, going to work, eating the same thing, talking to her mummy and finally spending her weekends with Pizza and vodka. She neither had friends nor any family to care for. Her colleagues made fun of her but she didn’t give a damn.
The things that I’ve mentioned above might seem as if the whole book is lifeless or dry but trust me it ISN’T, not even a bit. It’s the most interesting book I have read this year. I loved Eleanor’s company throughout the book; there was never a dull moment.
"Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it, once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself. That's the thing: it's best just to take care of yourself. You can't protect other people, however hard you try. You try, and you fail, and your world collapses around you, burns down to ashes."
Her story from her point of view was beautiful, intriguing and insightful to read and in fact she was on my mind even when I wasn’t reading. I liked that she never pitied herself for what she is. Sometimes I felt as if, may be, Eleanor is completely fine but the world that she lives in isn’t. In this friendless world she finally finds a pal (Raymond, I had to mention him) though she never intended to. Although, Raymond is a secondary character in this book but, to me, he is one of the key characters who help Eleanor to see life in a positive way. He never forces his opinion on her, nor does he intrudes in her life unnecessarily, but still whatever small changes that he brings in Eleanor’s routine helps her to cope of with her loneliness.
I loved the author's writing style, it was just perfect in every sense it was funny, quirky, sensitive and emotional. Also, the character development of Eleanor was amazing, the changes that takes place in her was uplifting to read. All I can say is Thank God I read this book otherwise I would have surly missed a great book.