Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410499646
1410499642
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 533 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Anyone who has ever felt hopelessly socially awkward will relate to Eleanor. - Ali


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CarleeMcDot
Sep 14, 2018

I'll be honest, I had no idea what this book was about when I got "in line" for it at the library - I just knew I had a ton of friends who were reading it, loved it or had it on their "must read" list so I figured I'd just on the bandwagon. Let me start off by saying I am so confused as to all the comments (both in reviews online and on the back cover of the book) that state this is "humorous, funny and hilarious". This is a dark story with very serious themes. I have never thought that rape, child abuse, depression, assault, murder, mental illness, etc were amusing. I actually spent the first half of the book thinking that maybe the main character had Aspergers and wasn't sure why a reader would consider laughing at the character's somewhat odd social interactions. With that said, I do believe this was a well written book (especially seeing as it is the author's first novel). It is a great reminder that we have no idea the demons others are battling and to engage with everyone from a place of love and respect. I think had I not read the notes mentioning how "amusing" this book was I probably would have gone in with different expectations and might even have liked it a little more. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

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natcin7
Sep 12, 2018

First time novelist, Gail Honeyman, has written a smart, funny story about a 30-year-old lonely office worker in Scotland. Despite having worked for nine years at the same place, Eleanor Oliphant does not relate to her co-workers and has no friends. She lives the life of a recluse until one day she becomes a good Samaritan helping an older man who has collapsed on the street. This one unselfish act opens up her world and leads to her experiencing friendship and love for the first time in her adult life. Eleanor is a fervent crossword puzzle aficionado and dispenses bon mots and literary morsels in her naïve observations about people and society. Some of her comments are "laugh out loud" funny. I will not be able to go to the hair salon or get a manicure from now on without thinking about Eleanor and her thoughts about the absurdity of it all. This could have been a very bleak story about the effects of a tragic childhood. Instead, it's a delightful, literate story of a young woman's triumphant survival. Yes, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine! Can't wait for Ms. Honeyman's next novel.

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 very unique perspective.
We follow the wide-ranging sojourns of Eleanor's life: beauty appointments, office friendships, conversations with mummy, romantic interests, horrors of the past and good samaritan acts to name but a few.
I found this a book which also sets the reader on a journey of the emotions, from delight to sadness to compassion to horror and ultimately understanding.

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CherylGreen1
Aug 28, 2018

Fantastic story; albeit a dark story. The author has portrayed each character brilliantly!

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vancouverville
Aug 16, 2018

Wow. I couldn't get Eleanor off my mind. Gail Honeyman's characters have depth and are complicated, even if they're a bit odd. But it's their quirkiness that makes them endearing. Though the book get's pretty dark, the gentle humour makes it tolerable.

It was delightful, funny, smart and deeply moving. A story of a woman whose loneliness may be familiar to many, but who learns the healing potentialities of making a friend. I read passages out loud to my partner because they were so apt and hilarious. It sent me back to my own life in Scotland, in all its Tesco-y and Marks&Spencer Meal-Deal-y glory.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 11, 2018

All the stars for this truly outstanding book! And it's a first novel, so hopefully there'll be more coming our way from this Glaswegian writer :) Eleanor Oliphant made me laugh aloud many times, she's totally won my heart, but at the same time there's enough depth in the writing and in the story-line to give a twinge to the heart-strings as we learn more about Eleanor and her private history. Very skillfully done and memorable.

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SuzeParker
Aug 02, 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is completely endearing. Mind you, I don't think I'd find her so in real life if I had to work with her every day or sell her her weekly vodka ration in the corner convenience shop. But because we readers get a peek inside Eleanor's head, it's easy to empathize with her and want her to be - really and truly - fine. Her interpretations of a world she doesn't "get" are frequently charming and hilarious. The astonishment she experiences at the slightest, most routine kindnesses are so tender. I loved her uncertain, but determined, progress.

This was a unique and well-written story. Reading Eleanor Oliphant elicited the same emotions I've felt when I've seen baby birds hatching or stalks emerging from the earth and blooming into spring flowers.

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MyTake
Jul 23, 2018

I loved it!! I laughed out loud so many times, given Eleanor's musings, quips, and thought process. And the ending -- didn't see it coming quite that way. I hope the upcoming movie does it justice. If you'll be in the car taking a trip, it's also a good listen. The narrator has a Scottish accent to get used to, but that didn't take long and added to Eleanor's differences from me. I'll definitely read whatever this author does next.

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cloudi72
Jul 20, 2018

I did not care for this to much. There were too many details of Eleanor grooming herself. I did like the author's choice of wording, as in, the oleaginous voice of her mother. It was good what she mentioned on page 265. We all should follow good hygiene, we are all in this together. The ending was a shock, I had to look twice. This book was ok.

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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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