Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one"--
Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780735220706
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 16, 2018

Wow. I couldn't get Eleanor off my mind. Gail Honeyman's characters have depth and are complicated, even if they're a bit odd. But it's their quirkiness that makes them endearing. Though the book get's pretty dark, the gentle humour makes it tolerable.

It was delightful, funny, smart and deeply moving. A story of a woman whose loneliness may be familiar to many, although not to the same extreme. I was reading passaged out loud to my partner because they were so funny and witty. It also offered a realistic view of life in Scotland as it is today, in all its Tesco-y and Marks&Spencer Meal-Deal-y glory.

Aug 11, 2018

All the stars for this truly outstanding book! And it's a first novel, so hopefully there'll be more coming our way from this Glaswegian writer :) Eleanor Oliphant made me laugh aloud many times, she's totally won my heart, but at the same time there's enough depth in the writing and in the story-line to give a twinge to the heart-strings as we learn more about Eleanor and her private history. Very skillfully done and memorable.

Aug 02, 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is completely endearing. Mind you, I don't think I'd find her so in real life if I had to work with her every day or sell her her weekly vodka ration in the corner convenience shop. But because we readers get a peek inside Eleanor's head, it's easy to empathize with her and want her to be - really and truly - fine. Her interpretations of a world she doesn't "get" are frequently charming and hilarious. The astonishment she experiences at the slightest, most routine kindnesses are so tender. I loved her uncertain, but determined, progress.

This was a unique and well-written story. Reading Eleanor Oliphant elicited the same emotions I've felt when I've seen baby birds hatching or stalks emerging from the earth and blooming into spring flowers.

Jul 23, 2018

I loved it!! I laughed out loud so many times, given Eleanor's musings, quips, and thought process. And the ending -- didn't see it coming quite that way. I hope the upcoming movie does it justice. If you'll be in the car taking a trip, it's also a good listen. The narrator has a Scottish accent to get used to, but that didn't take long and added to Eleanor's differences from me. I'll definitely read whatever this author does next.

Jul 20, 2018

I did not care for this to much. There were too many details of Eleanor grooming herself. I did like the author's choice of wording, as in, the oleaginous voice of her mother. It was good what she mentioned on page 265. We all should follow good hygiene, we are all in this together. The ending was a shock, I had to look twice. This book was ok.

LPL_SarahM Jul 17, 2018

I love Eleanor! She reminded me a bit of Oskar Schell from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I've only discovered each of these characters in the past month or two and I feel lucky to have "met" them.

martins_mom Jul 16, 2018

Quirky, funny, sad, uplifting - everything you could ask for in a book. Eleanor is a lone figure who comes to acknowledge that some of her rigid thinking is holding her down, but still has problems giving up the habits of a lifetime.

Jul 16, 2018

Funny, charming, predictable. Honeywell is able to sustain the humour to the end.

Jul 10, 2018

I loved this book....one of the best that I've read in years. Well-written, funny, sad, and so topical. A must-read.

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Dec 10, 2017

“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”

Dec 10, 2017

“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”

Nov 27, 2017

p 134: 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.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

These days, lonliness is the new cancer -- a shameful, embarassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

O know, I know how ridiculous this is, how pathetic; but on some days, the very darkest days, knowing that the plant would die if I didn't water it was the only thing that forced me up out of bed.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

It's both good and bad, how humans can learn to tolerate pretty much anything, if they have to.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

I did not own any Tupperware. I could go to a department store to purchase some. That seemed to be the sort of thing that a woman of my age and social circumstances might do. Exciting!

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

You can't have too much dog in a book.


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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!

Except maybe she isn’t.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.

Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.


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