ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

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"Smart, warm, uplifting, 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 her heart. 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 abit 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 itis Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one"-- Provided by publisher.
Copyright Date: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2018., ©2017
ISBN: 9780735220690
0735220697
Characteristics: 325, 7 pages ; 21 cm.

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ComputersDogsBooks
Jan 09, 2019

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Eleanor is a heart-breaking character whose life is changed by a random incident. It's a gentle and insightful look at difficult psychological issues and the ways that our lives can be made better in small, but significant ways. Amazing job by a first time author.

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peacebenow
Jan 04, 2019

Beautifully told story by Ms Honeyman. It seemed a little quirky at first but I was hooked w/in a short time. Eleanor is a complicated person by a horrific past. What a joy to follow her journey as learns about herself, learns about people and life. I think Eleanor Will be "Fine" and even better still.

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jenhodges13
Jan 01, 2019

I loved this book. I wasn't sure in the beginning where it was going, but it hooked me and I kept on reading. I love Eleanor and I'm so glad she found her happy ending despite all the horrible trauma she encountered as a child.

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YawarAshraf
Dec 31, 2018

A very enjoyable read!

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chamc01
Dec 18, 2018

This started slow for me but I stuck with it and wound up loving it. But don’t go in to it expecting it to be funny as the cover states, unless you like your humor pretty dark. To me it was a story about what makes us human, with all of our foibles and strange social customs. Elinor is hard to like at first but becomes more engaging as she gradually opens up to Raymond and to experiencing life.

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Carolwagers
Dec 18, 2018

A slow start, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This book was funny, in a droll, dry way, even though it was ultimately a tragic story. It was well worth reading.

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stephanieanastasia
Dec 13, 2018

Brilliantly funny wrapped up in a bit of a heartache. What a fun read, this story had me laughing out loud at moments and pulling on my heart strings the next. Eleanor being a bit of an outcast herself is great fun, wonderfully blunt and points out innocently how ridiculous some of our social norms are! I enjoyed this book immensely!

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SueTamada
Dec 12, 2018

I laughed out loud and cried out loud. I was totally charmed by the characters (all except Mummy, of course.) It left me wanting more. GREAT read!

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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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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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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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