My most recent read or ‘listen’ as I listened to this book through Audible is ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ written by Gail Honeyman. An author whom I had never heard of before until I saw this book on the bestseller list and being read by almost everyone I know. I’ve tried to give an overall view of the book, without giving too much away, so if you haven’t read it – this post is safe to read!
The story follows the main character, Eleanor, a middle-aged woman who works in accounts with a seemingly ordinary life at first, which is gradually unpicked as the novel unfolds. A lot amount of her life is kept secret from the reader, to learn more about her you are forced to continue listening or reading which is what drew me in to continue listening.
The first few chapters are very repetitive, just like her life. She goes to work, eats pesto pasta, sleeps and repeats. The only little glimpse of excitement she sees is her Tesco Pizza and two bottles of Glen’s vodka on a Friday night. I think that’s what is likeable about her as a character, she’s relatable. In some ways, she’s just an ordinary person until you get further in and realise that things aren’t as simple as that.
I’ve read many books surrounding mental illness, however, this is one of the first I’ve read which focuses mainly on loneliness.
As I listened on Audible, I wanted to comment on the narrator and her portrayal of Eleanor. I listened for around for a few days, it was quite quickly got through. After a while, Eleanor started to get into my head and I felt immersed in her world, which is something I haven’t experienced with a fiction novel in a long time. The detailed description and the vivid images portrayed made it really easy to get into the story and feel what she feels even.
The narrator does really well to create separate characters out of one single voice, I got so used to it after a few days that it was strange to hear her interview with Gail Honeyman at the end of the audiobook.
It’s not all doom and gloom, the moral behind it all is that it’s never too late to be happy and if you’re looking for an emotional rollercoaster – this book is it.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you read it? Let me know what you thought.