Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Lise C.
What an extraordinary book and story! The intrigue of Eleanor’s life as a survivor of an unthinkable act when she was a child (no, not sexually abused) and her life as an adult trying to cope is written so eloquently. Her unlikely friendship ( first friend she makes as an adult) with Raymond makes this one of the most bittersweet stories I’ve read in a very long time!
Bravo to Gail Honeyman on her debut novel. I hope she writes another one.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I LOVED this book!! Tender, charming, funny, sweet and at the same time somewhat ominous, terribly sad & utterly real...ultimately a story about perhaps the most important thing we can ever have or hope for in this life - true human connection & a realization of the beauty of it all - I am truly grateful for this read...
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This book is fabulous. It was more of an impulse buy, and I’m so glad I made the choice. It made me think, it made me laugh, and (most importantly) it made me reflect. Excellent writing and characters. I wish I could give it more stars.
A well-written story!
From the beginning, I was captivated by the lyrical writing and powerful imagery. I enjoyed this book cover to cover and read it straight through. I look forward to the next book Gail Honeyman writes.
Best book I’ve read in years.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a young lady who is trying to overcome her past as an abuse victim, while crafting a semblance of a normal future. er abuse came at the hand s of both her mother and her first boyfriend, so she had no plumbline for a normal life. In spite of her painful history, Eleanor manages to concoct a world in which she fools herself into believeing that she is comfortable and pretty self-sufficient. As she says in Chapter 17, “…Once you realize that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself. That’s the thing: it’s best just to take care of yourself.” She is a misfit who tends to see herself as normal, while others are the misfits. But gradually, she reaches out, step-by-step, into the “normal” world. It is moving to see her going to a department store for the firs time, to a hair salon for the first time and getting involveed with other activities that most of us take for granted.
She sets her sights on a mediocre pop music star, while a simple, kind,nerdy coworker sets his sights on her. Some disappointments are inevitable, but will Eleanor eventually be part of a fuilfilling relationship? I was invested emotionally with Eleanor.
Some of my favorite Eleanor quotes, that represent her true self at different stages of the story:
Two quotes that are evidentiary of her wonderfully biting sense of humor:
“The last party I’d been to-apart from that appalling wedding reception-was on Judy Jackson’s thirteenth birthday. It had involved ice skating and milkshakes, and hadn’t ended well. Surely no one was likely to vomit or lose a finger at an elderly invalid’s welcome home celebration?” (Chapter 11)
“There is categorially no need for eye contact when the person concerned is wielding sharp implements.” (Spoken while receiving a beauty treatment, in Chapter 12)
“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are. I read that in a magazine at the hairdresser’s.” (Chapter 21)
“I had decided, years ago, that if the choice was between that or flying solo, then I’d fly solo. It was safer that way. Grief is the price we pay for love. The price is far too high.: (Chapter 23)
“People sometimes say they might die of boredom, that they’re dying for a cup of tea, but for me, dying of loneliness is not hyperbole.” (Chapter 26)
“But no one had ever shown me the right way to live a life, and although I’d tried my best over the years, I simply didn’t know how to make things better. I could not solve the puzzle of me.” (Chapter 27)
That is insightful writing!
I have no complaints about this book, though I would have chosen a different ending. But the ending isn’t “wrong,” and I’m sure that each reader will put his / her imprint on the interpretation of the story. I hope that there is a sequel to this book.
Loved this book
By AHAHAHAHAHAHA IN love!!!
One of the best I have read in a while. While you read this book, you grow with Eleanor (despite your pay) and overcome so much. I want more of Eleanor!
Funniest book I have read in a long time
This book was so hilarious, and such an enjoyable read.
Absolutely delicious, a great read!
Gail H, the author, wrote an impeccable novel. I love learning new vocabulary, and this novel satisfied that in spades. The humor was superb, the timing was perfect.
I just loved Elenor’s character. The writing style was near perfect, especially in the way Elenor’s character is slowly revealed, often in few words as needed, as the story develops.
As I read this novel, I felt the author must have had great fun in its writing.
Thank you Gail for writing this funny and moving novel. I am so glad to have read it.
Wonderful book, wonderfully written. Sad to end my time with Elenor!