Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780735220683
0735220689
Characteristics: 327 pages

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

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


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WoodneathJenny
Dec 05, 2018

I found this book to be completely endearing and often laugh out loud funny. The voice of Eleanor, although quirky and unique was also very relatable.

ontherideau Nov 27, 2018

Eleanor is a character to cheer for.

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Leslie82
Nov 25, 2018

I did not finish this book - just couldn't get in to Eleanor's character, although I liked Raymond. I understand she came from a tragic childhood but I just found her too odd and unpleasant. Her cluelessness about the world (e.g. technology) just wasn't believable for me - at times I wondered if this was set a decade ago or so. There were a few humorous passages but so much of the writing (i.e. Eleanor's speech patterns and word choices) did not resonate as real or authentic. Disappointed as I really wanted to like it, especially after reading so many good reviews.

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Linyarai
Nov 15, 2018

This book was not what I expected, but I mostly enjoyed it. I did feel bad for Eleanor, but the plot wasn't predictable and the characters were good.

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H19167332
Nov 14, 2018

One of my favourite books for 2018!! Made me laugh and cry!

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mnack_0
Nov 14, 2018

Loved this book. Eleanor is quirky and interesting. Tightly written. Well done!

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salsa25
Nov 09, 2018

One of the loveliest books I’ve read this year. Found Eleanor’s social retardness endearing and learning through the pages why she is this way made her even more so. Loved the character Raymond and all his imperfections, I Didn’t want their interactions to end.

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reeread
Nov 08, 2018

Captivating read. So glad Eleanor found herself in “Better Days “.

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chellelibrarycard
Oct 30, 2018

This book was very hard to get into for me with a very slow style with a character who was mundane. I tried very hard to get into this book and after the first 30 or so pages, I couldn't finish it. I wanted so much to enjoy this book but I like being able to get lost in the story and lose track of time and reading this book I was forcing myself to.

IndyPL_SteveB Oct 27, 2018

Actually, she’s not "fine". But this novel about a very unusual woman combines humor, tragedy, depression, and self-awareness into compulsive reading.

Eleanor Oliphant is a woman with a tragic past, stuck in a quiet job. Perhaps “stuck” isn’t the right word, because she is perfectly satisfied with the dead-end job, with no friends and her only social life being weekly calls from her supremely abusive mother. With her burn-scarred face and no understanding of how other people think or speak, she is content being invisible all week and drunk all weekend.

Talked into attending a rock gig at a music bar, she gets a sudden crush on the lead singer and determines she will change herself completely to attract this “perfect” man. Her attempts at a bikini wax, make-over, and clumsy clothes shopping provide a lot of humor, although at the same time you wonder more and more – what happened in her past to get her into this condition?

When Raymond, an unkempt but big hearted computer IT man at her company, takes an interest in her, her life begins to change in other ways. While walking down the street, they see an old man collapse and call emergency services. The man, Sammy, when he recovers insists they meet his family, and Eleanor’s world begins to grow. A great laugh-and-cry novel.

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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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Mya614
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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