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
Characteristics: 327 pages


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PerthEastLibrary Mar 22, 2016

3.7 stars

Eleanor is a bit of a social misfit, and has a life that is strictly organized. But meeting the IT guy from her work, and together saving an old man from a fall, changes everything. Humour, charm and heart make this novel soar.

PerthEastLibrary Mar 28, 2019

The "PEPL Book Club" read this for their March meeting. The group thought that the difficult subjects in this book were well written. They enjoyed the humour in the book and found it to be an enjoyable read. They discussed social norms, loneliness verses living alone, and Raymond's sinc... Read More »

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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Dec 12, 2019

Great characters and a lot of wit. I enjoyed having socially awkward Eleanor be the narrator. Terrific work for a first novel. Fell apart at the end for me a bit but still very happy to have read this book.

Nov 18, 2019

I gave this book a 4 star rating. The story and characters are unusual but compelling. While the basis of the story is disturbing, there is a hopefulness to this narrative. The novel also held a few major surprises until almost the end.

Nov 16, 2019

Amazing book - beautifully rendered, compelling and extremely moving. It makes you think what it is like to feel lonely in a room full of people.

inthestacks Nov 06, 2019

The life of socially awkward and lonely accounts clerk Eleanor Oliphant begins to change when she develops a friendship with the IT guy at her office. Physically scarred and traumatized from an abusive upbringing, Eleanor spends her weekends doing crossword puzzles and downing a lot of vodka. Her grasp on reality is somewhat tenuous, as she fantasizes about a romance with a local musician she has never met. But with Raymond’s steady, nonjudgmental friendship she begins to stretch her limitations. This wasn’t always believable; her awkwardness is selective — sometimes she handles social situations well; other times clumsily. This book had shades of The Rosie Project and A Man Called Ove running through it, and although I disliked those two books -- the former intensely so -- I had more compassion for Eleanor and was keen for her to succeed and grow.

Oct 22, 2019

Absolutely Fabulous! I've owned this book since it's release and I can't believe it took me this long to finally read it. I also had the pleasure of listening to it's wonderful audio production. I was drawn into the story from the outset and kept captivated by the unpredictable story line. Initially, Eleanor came across as abrasive and while there was much character growth, the author maintained a believable characterization throughout. Eleanor softened, but rarely, if ever, deviated from her concrete way of thinking. I loved that consistency. There were also appealing secondary characters that help Eleanor discover what it means to rely on others, as well as being altruistic. Those interactions were some of the most moving moments in the story. While there was often a heartrending undertone in the story, it was equally uplifting with a beautiful and subtle ending.

Oct 19, 2019

I spent all my spare time reading this book. I was enthralled. Honeyman is an exceptional writer, seeping out bits of information in a nonchalant way, indirectly, not through in-your-face explanation. Her characterization of Eleanor’s very scholarly way of speaking is funny. Yet the subject matter of Eleanor’s psychological damage and the eventual revelation of the truth is shattering. The book runs the entire emotional gamut.
There is so much food for thought in this book – psychosis, the nature of love, loss, social isolation, memory suppression, human kindness, and so much more. Quite profound. "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" is a fascinating journey of how Eleanor’s definition of “fine” evolves.

Oct 13, 2019

Great book that shows how counseling can save lives

Oct 13, 2019

In her late 20s, Eleanor Oliphant is definitely not fine. Her classics degree fits her for an office job, where she's a lonely outsider. She feels superior because her grammar and vocabulary are better than anybody else's. The women she works with are interested only in gossip, clothes, and men. Eleanor reads serious literature, and on weekends buys 2 bottles of vodka to get her through until she can get back to her desk and accounts receivable She speaks impeccable proper English, dresses in comfortable if not fashionable clothing in a dirty apartment she's lived in for decades, since she'd graduated from state care. She tries not to think about the scars on her face from arson when she was 10. She has no friends, but one day she and a co-worker, Raymond, who she'd learned to know when she had to call on him for his assistance in his specialty—computers. He's sloppy, always late, and pays no attention to her suggestions that his chain smoking's bad for his health—and hers. One day they see an elderly man across the street fall, and by the time they get to him, he's unconscious. Raymond tries to get her to call 999 for help, but she had no cell phone, so he tells her to talk to Sammy while he calls the authorities. Raymond goes with Sammy in the ambulance, and she calls the old man's family. This is the beginning of a new life for all 3, as they become friends. Friends! Eventually she realizes she's depressed, and get sinto therapy, thanks to Raymond, when Sammy dies. Mostly she's silent, but eventually begins to cry, then to talk. Finally she tells Maria that she fells guilty because she couldn't save Marianne, who was her sister, age 4, locked in a wardrobe by their mother. Maria reminded her she couldn't save both children, given their ages. Raymond and she both looked up online to find out what had really happened. Two people died—their mother, and Marianne. Eleanor was the only survivor, and felt very guilty. And every Wed. night her mother called her, telling her how worthless and useless and clumsy she was. This was the only part I didn't understand. If her mother died, who was calling Eleanor weekly? Was it one of the bad foster mothers? If not, who? Even Maria, let alone Raymond, agreed she was right to tell her Mummy to buzz off, and that she wouldn't answer the phone ever again. But that bit still bothers me. Otherwise, a lovely book showing growth and development, and a probable heading toward Raymond and Eleanor moving in together eventually and being able to be happy together. But who was her “Mummy?” Her sense of guilt? Her need to forgive herself for not saving Marianne?

Oct 10, 2019

Finally had a chance to read this. I wanted to like it more. The author did a good job at telling a story about the everyday struggles of life for someone who is mentally ill. A lot of reviews state how funny this story is. I did not find one single solitary thing funny. I'm glad for the opportunity to see what all the hype was about. I will probably like the movie better-which I read somewhere is happening in the near future.

Oct 06, 2019

Very enjoyable. Very funny. A book about overcoming a bad childhood.

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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, ......

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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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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