Wedding presents – “Two people wander around John Lewis picking out lovely items for themselves and then they make other people pay for them…..I simply fail to see how the act of legally formalising a human relationship necessitates friends, family and co-workers upgrading the contents of their kitchen for them.” says Eleanor Oliphant.
I follow Eleanor between her office and home in Glasgow, a creature of planning and habit, almost invisible and alone; she claims to be happy though. And then one fine day, as they say, life happens and unplanned things begin to derail her routine.
I picked this book at the airport; the author’s debut novel and has been shortlisted for quite a few awards. So this book will be read and reviewed by many. I wanted to read it too.
I am curious to see how things play out, but I have to stop and pick up; it moves like a TV series, half-an-hour or 3 chapters per day. Though engrossing, it cannot be consumed in one sitting. Eleanor’s thoughts are witty and pragmatic, lines like these bring on a smile….”At the office, there was a palpable sense of Friday joy, everyone colluding with a lie that somehow the weekend would be amazing and that next week, work would be different, better. They never learn.”😊 Eleanor seems fine, may be it’s the regulars who are disillusioned.
It’s a patient read. So how do things finally turn out for Eleanor? You will have to find out.😀
Till next post, take care !!