Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than? fine?.
Publisher: [Sydney] : 2017. HarperCollins,
ISBN: 9780008172138
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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KatG1983
Feb 18, 2018

Certain passages of this book hit me in the solar plexus and stayed with me for days - haunting me, and there were sections that I found completely mesmerizing. While I would agree with some others that parts of the story were way too predictable to be teased out over the entire book, I found the journey there entirely heartbreaking and engaging. It did take me couple chapters to get into the story - so don't quit at page 20... I found the narrative voice irritating, but it absolutely grew on me. Worth your time!

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brangwinn
Feb 13, 2018

I seldom stay up past my bedtime reading anymore, but this book was the exception. It was like watching a tight green bud turn into a fragrant rose. Eleanor, who has been a ward of the state for most of her childhood in Scotland, has a boring job in a graphics firm. She’s struggled all her life with getting along with others. Reading between the lines, many of her actions are those of an autistic person. She’d very intelligent and takes things literally. She has no idea of social niceties. Her quirkiness and relationship with the IT guy at the company make for fun reading, but her actual history isn’t so funny, and it slowly reveals it ugly. This book has an element that is one of my favorite characteristics of a book, well developed characters.

membooks16 Feb 05, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant. She is a quirky and cantankerous thirty year old who has mostly isolated herself from others. When she begins to reach slightly beyond her normal routine she surprisingly discovers that she has made an actual real life friend. This is uncharted territory for Eleanor and she must learn to navigate typical social interaction that she has never considered. This in turn gives her cause to examine human relationships in general as well as the tragic childhood that shaped her into who is she is today.

bookloverjane Jan 28, 2018

Eleanor is an engaging yet quirky character. The story of her childhood, however, is tragic and more than a bit disturbing.

marycatlyons Jan 24, 2018

Eleanor definitely takes some time to warm up to, but over the course of the novel you come to love her as a character, quirks and all! A lovely read to be sure!

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annekim9
Jan 03, 2018

I loved Eleanor Oliphant. I so looked forward to getting back to it each time life got in the way of my reading. The story reminded me a little of She’s Come Undone in that you are rooting for Eleanor as you rooted for Dolores. It’s a marvelous and masterfully crafted first novel.

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vladalviv
Dec 31, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is unlike any female protagonists that I can remember. She's unique - naive but very practical at the same time, introverted, totally down to earth, and also inadvertently funny.
"And the office is largely staffed by shirkers and idiots, Raymond".
Eleanor stole my heart. Raymond and Glen the cat come a close second.
Bravo and hats off to the author!

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cknightkc
Dec 10, 2017

An unconventional and unforgettable heroine is at the core of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and, in my opinion, Eleanor is more than “fine” she is great! In this, her debut novel, author Gail Honeyman deftly strikes the right balance between sorrow and humor / pathos and joy as the story follows Eleanor, a loner and social misfit, who bears the physical and emotional scars from a childhood trauma. What happened to her is not revealed until later in the book. At first Eleanor seemed abrasive and off-putting, but the more I read the more she grew on me until by the end I was cheering her on. This book is so packed with emotion, but never seems sappy, and with talk of it being adapted for a movie, I can’t recommend it enough.

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h19835195
Dec 07, 2017

Hmm, mixed feelings about this book. A very interesting, quirky and likeable character, but parts of this were so predictable it was disappointing.

AL_MARCIA Nov 28, 2017

I found myself cheering for Eleanor throughout this book. She is a special, but odd and quirky individual who breaks free of her regimented routine and begins to embrace change in her life. She's an unforgettable character.

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cknightkc
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.”

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cknightkc
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.”

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behere
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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