Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive, but not how to live 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.
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers, London : 2017
ISBN: 9780008172121
Branch Call Number: AF HONE

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LoganLib_JennyI Aug 29, 2018

All hail the Eleanor Oliphant, and of course, Raymond too! Our book club read this novel and I just adored it.
Honeyman does a wonderful job constructing the narrative roller-coaster ride of Eleanor, which is kick-started with a jolt of kindness by a work colleague.
Eleanor sees life from a ve... Read More »


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IndyPL_CarriG Jul 16, 2019

Darker than it looks but still often laugh out loud funny, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine brings us a rare protagonist - a truly awkward and unapologetically socially inept female main character. She is not cute in her awkwardness, Eleanor Oliphant is no manic pixie dream girl. Those of us who had an unconventional upbringing and have wondered what to do in social situations when it seems like everyone else already knows the conventions will sympathize with her struggles. The novel is a lot like a coming-of-age story for someone who had such extreme trauma that they don't come-of-age until their thirties.
The one criticism I have is Raymond - he's a bit too good to be true. But it is fiction, and he is nice and sweet, and I want to believe that there are people out there who would be that kind to a strange, rude, and scarred co-worker.

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Schultze1104
Jul 12, 2019

An excellent summer read!

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Chuckarelli
Jul 11, 2019

At times funny and other times tragic, this is a captivating read filled with well-developed characters and a very interesting plot. I would recommend reading this before the planned movie comes out next year because too often we end up skipping the novel for the big screen. I loved, loved, loved this book and my jaw dropped when reading the ending. I look forward to reading more of Gail Honeyman's work.

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iloveseaotters
Jul 04, 2019

Before I really get into this review I have to say that this is one book that I'm glad that I read all the way to the end. I can definitely understand why some readers would have stopped early on because I seriously considered it. The writing was so.... well, different that it took me a long time to get into it. But since I was already invested in Eleanor's story I wanted to find out what would happen. The beginning drags and I mean REALLY drags but somewhere around page 100 or so it becomes hysterically funny (to the point that I was laughing out loud at work and in a restaurant, which I rarely do) and suddenly I couldn't stop reading.
Eleanor reminded me so much of Britt-Marie from the Frederick Bachman book "Britt Marie Was Here", which I loved.
I loved how she changed so much in the course of the book thanks to Raymond. I really liked him. He wasn't at all her type but they were really cute together. I loved their friendship.
That being said, this isn't a romance and for that I was glad. I don't think it would have worked, otherwise.
There is a huge twist toward the end that left me confused but reading some of the spoilers on Goodreads cleared it up and although I found it unnecessary to include it, after I thought about it, it made sense.
It wasn't as great as people said it was but I enjoyed it and now I'm curious about the upcoming movie.

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lobster50
Jun 26, 2019

An absolute page turner and like Life of Pi, the ending hit me like a brick! It had me thinking about it for days.

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randirhoades
Jun 24, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is not only Completely Fine, she is endearing. I love the way the author developed the characters and the relationships. I wasn’t sure I’d like the book since it was recommended by someone whose literary tastes are so different from mine, so I was pleasantly surprised. 5 stars - Reese Witherspoon was right!

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JANMAYS
Jun 19, 2019

A STORY ABOUT A GIRL WHO WAS BURNED AND ABUSED BY HER MOTHER AND HER STRUGGLES TO TRUST AND LIVE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY. POSSIBLE BOOK CLUB

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fragola
Jun 16, 2019

Shravanti

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Patricia45B
Jun 07, 2019

Loved it 5 stars

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marthalist
May 25, 2019

This is such a great view of the life of a person who has been abused and left to survive on their own terms.

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finfry
Oct 29, 2018

pg 300 .... was wearing a strange, oversized woolen hat that I hadn't seen before. It looked like the kind of hat that a German goblin might wear in an illustration from a nineteenth-century fairy tale, possibly one about a baker who was unkind to children and got his comeuppance via an elfin horde, ......

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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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Oct 15, 2018

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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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