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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel (2017)

by Gail Honeyman

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A very warm book and a very rewarding read. Though lighthearted in tone, it explored some very dark themes: child abuse and the devastating effects it leaves on its victims. This light touch is what I believe diffuses the horror of the basic situation and draws the reader deeper into the story. Basically the narrative focuses more on the 'now' than the 'then' and Eleanor's very quirky perspective on the now of her world is witty and amusing, it's eloquent, often hilarious and occasionally deep. Her take on her world is told convincingly, highlighting some of the foibles and ridiculousness of the modern world. Intelligent, highly articulate verbally but totally inarticulate socially, Eleanor seems unable to sustain any social interaction with her peers. She starts to change after an act of kindness on the part of a new colleague Raymond (helping an old man who collapses on the street) draws her into a series of new encounters and into friendship with R whose support is crucial to her transformation. Now some of these encounters seemed to me a bit sophomoric, but once again that was in keeping with the light approach of the novel to a story of progression from social isolation to connection and of a painful and difficult road to mental health. ( )
  amaraki | Feb 22, 2019 |
Een bijzonder boek over een jonge vrouw die door haar moeder geestelijk en lichamelijk is mishandeld. Bij een brand gaan haar zusje en haar moeder dood. Gedurende bijna het hele boek lijkt het alsof de moeder nog in leven is. Eleanor weet zich langzamerhand, met steun van haar vriend Raymond, aan haar verleden te ontworstelen. Ontroerend en aangrijpend, vooral door de beschrijving van de eenzaamheid van Eleanor. ( )
  elsmvst | Feb 18, 2019 |
Written well but it is a lot of the same thing 3/4 of the book. ( )
  loracarlson | Feb 18, 2019 |
Eleanor has a terrible past which has tied her up inside herself. She gradually comes out of her shell to join the world with the aid of a fellow employee and medical emergency in the street. ( )
  gbelik | Feb 9, 2019 |
Eleanor Oliphant is a misfit working as a bookkeeper in an office; she seemingly has no family, has no social skills, and is severely scarred on one side of her face. Her weekends are spent watching dull television and drinking vodka. Her life changes, however, when she and a co-worker come across an elderly man who is having a heart attack on the sidewalk. Raymond works in the IT department of the business, is a poor dresser, a constant smoker, and disheveled--all the things that Eleanor dislikes.

Their friendship grows as they both become involved with the elderly man and his family. Slowly, the reader is given hints as to Eleanor's past life which must have been so horrendous that she is unable to speak about it. At least once a week she has what seems to be conversations with her mother who seems to despise her.

The transformation of Eleanor from her antisocial state is basically the subject of the book. There are several incidents which I found hard to believe and the relationship with Raymond seems too easy at times. Not a bad book; not a totally gripping one either. ( )
  maryreinert | Feb 8, 2019 |
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From pop-star crushes to meals for one, the life of an outsider is vividly captured in this joyful debut, discovered through a writing competition and sold for huge sums worldwide...And what a joy it is. The central character of Eleanor feels instantly and insistently real...This is a narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness. It makes you want to throw a party and invite everyone you know and give them a hug, even that person at work everyone thinks is a bit weird.
 
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When people ask me what I do - taxi drivers, hairdressers - I tell them I work in an office.
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Sport is a mystery to me. In primary school, sports day was the one day of the year when the less academically gifted students could triumph, winning prizes for jumping fastest in a sack, or running from point A to point B more quickly than their classmates. How they loved to wear those badges on their blazers the next day, as if a silver in the egg and spoon race was some sort of compensation for not understanding how to use an apostrophe.
I have always enjoyed reading, but I've never been sure how to select appropriate material. There are so many books in the world--how do you tell them all apart? How do you know which one will match your tastes and interests? That's why I just pick the first book I see. There's no point trying to choose. The covers are of very little help, because they always say only good things, and I've found out to my cost that they're rarely accurate. "Exhilarating" "Dazzling" "Hilarious." No.
She was shiny too, her skin, her hair, her shoes, her teeth. I hadn't even realized before; I am matte, dull, scuffed.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0735220689, Hardcover)

"Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is absolutely gripping." --Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

"Deft, compassionate and deeply moving--Honeyman's debut will have you rooting for Eleanor with every turning page." --Paula McClain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun


No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. 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 kinds of friends who rescue one another 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.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
 
The only way to survive is to open your heart. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:40:02 -0500)

"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. 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"--… (more)

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