Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410499646
Characteristics: 533 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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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.

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!

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.

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.

MsJoann Nov 27, 2017

I will be recommending this literary delight to all my customers.

bookishdl Nov 20, 2017

My favourite book for 2017. Exquisitely crafted novel that provided the right amount of humour and sadness without ever being twee or obvious. Loved it.

SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

A full review can be found in the summary section. Review first published for the Stratford Gazette November 2017.

Oct 23, 2017

When a series of events shake Eleanor out of her solitary life and strict routine, the bits and pieces of her tragic past are slowly revealed. Eleanor’s struggle to heal and move out of her comfort zone is at turns humorous and heartbreaking. She is a memorable character and it is beautiful to see her develop and grow but ultimately remain true to herself.

Oct 22, 2017

Hurrah for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Wonderful characters who I will never forget. Although I thought about renewing so I could reread it, I am returning today because there are 169 people waiting to read this gem for the first time. Enjoy!

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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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