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She talks to Mummy every Wednesday night and she is completely fine. You’d say that she might feel lonely from ...
5 March 2018
Eleanor is a 30-year-old who works in an office Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Rarely anyone asks what she does in the office. But in the self-narrated story, Eleanor tells us she works as a financial clerk in an IT firm. She lives alone has since she was 17 in an apartment provided by social services and furniture from the charity. She makes herself pasta every night and on Friday she buys a Tesco pizza and two bottles of vodka, not uttering a single word for two days. She talks to Mummy every Wednesday night and she is completely fine. You’d say that she might feel lonely from time to time but it’s something she doesn’t know even exists because she never had company.
“Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself.”
One fine day Eleanor finds her computer is not working so she calls up the IT guy, Raymond. Raymond is not someone she can like. He doesn’t fit her definition of proper man as provided by Mummy besides she has already found a proper man. He is a musician. Eleanor develops a middle school crush on the musician leading to changes in her physical appearance. On the other hand, her interactions with Raymond increase after they save an old man on the street. A new world opens to Eleanor, one she didn’t know existed. She made choices she didn’t know were there. It is funny and sad when Eleanor describes day to day things in a new perspective. And Eleanor is hilarious. This is how she describes her mug “I purchased it in a charity shop some years ago, and it has a photograph of a moon-faced man. He is wearing a brown leather blouson. Along the top, in the strange yellow font, it says ‘Top Gear’. I don’t profess to understand this mug. It holds the perfect amount of vodka, however, thereby obviating the need for frequent refills.”
But what’s the reason for Eleanor’s utter loneliness? Why doesn’t she use a phone or talk to anyone? What happened to her that she has a scar on her face? Why is Mummy so rude to her? A set of changes forces Eleanor to face her past, the one she didn’t want to remember. The past she removed from her memory.
Maybe change is better than fine.
Well, Eleanor’s vocabulary is awesome, and she treats herself like royalty. Which made me think our world is what we want it to be. The way she carries herself makes it evident that it’s easy to exist, but it takes an effort to live. Her loneliness and lack of emotions touched a nerve. Raymond is such a kindred spirit. While reading I was so afraid that maybe now Raymond will walk out and leave Eleanor alone. It’s a feel-good book. Makes you believe that there are still good people out there. And once you start running for the bus the universe provides.
What I didn’t like how the author doesn’t go into the detail of Eleanor’s past. But maybe it’s just me.
“In the end, what matters is this: I survived.”