Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
When I am reading a book it needs to have three things to keep me engaged.
1 Strong protagonist
2 Interesting plot
3 True emotions, which I can relate with
Reading is not just a hobby but an achievement once you are a mom
Reading is very personal and subjective for everyone. Ever since, I have become a mom, I am unable to read as much as I’d like. I have given up hard copies for the time being because my little one thinks it’s his toy and rest as they all say is a history. Despite, how busy I get I make sure I take out 15 mins in my day to read. It’s my thing and ME time. It’s usually after my baby sleeps and since, I am reading ebooks these days, I am some how able to sneak one page here and there during the day time also. Even though, the experience is not as gratifying as the feel of a books in my hands and fragrance of printed pages, but beggars are not choosers. Especially, when I have to literally steal time to read my books.
I have been out of touch when it comes to most talked about books for last one year or so, therefore, when I landed on Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it was like finding a hidden treasure. The race you feel in your gut to finish the book because it is that good, at the same time you want to savor every word like fine french cuisine BECAUSE book is actually that GOOD, pretty much sums up my review about this book. Though, I would say in the end, I felt author left me high and dry. I wanted more. I wanted to know what happens next. I wanted to see my protagonist overcome all the hurdles and come out with flying colors. Which, in a way she did but not all the way through. She realized what was going on with her, but like I said I wanted MORE, I wanted some sort of closure. What can I say I am a sucker for happy endings. I blame my zodiac for that. Lol. We, Pisces, are renown dreamers. I like all things rosy and peachy, may be bit too much at times for my own good.
I don’t think I can criticize a published author in anyway. Reading books for me is going on journey, I am just trying to tell you guys how my journey was.
When I started reading this book my journey started with Eleanor. I was as socially awkward as she was while reading her experiences. I could relate to how she would speak her mind without thinking. I would feel the same hollowness as she did. I could feel her loneliness. I could empathize with her, when she didn’t realize life is not just about blending one day into another. I liquified myself in vodka the way she was doing to herself, such is the power in writer’s words. Then sun shines and she starts realizing life is so much more, I was there, basking in sun with her. I was thrilled when she started looking for more, experiencing more, especially, when goofy IT guy Raymond comes in her life and together they save an elderly man named Sammy. For the first time she experiences life can be full of happy stances.
Her soul and spirit encounters tenderness for the first time in her life. Even though her relationship with her mom was complicated and there had been immense darkness in her past, she was now trying to find her happiness. One incident leads to another (which I don’t want to talk about, I don’t want to spoil the read), she realizes her problems and takes the step. It’s Eleanor’s journey from loneliness to friendship and discovering love for life and self. My problem with this whole journey is, it ended abruptly. I don’t know what happened after she takes steps to make her life better. Hence, wanting more. Nevertheless, I would say it’s a great read.
All moms reading this would know when I say how difficult it is to finish a book with one year old in two or three days. I loved it so much that I did finish it. I was awake at night thinking about what happens next and got up to finish the book. So, I would really suggest to read it. Have fun guys.
Until next Tuesday