Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive, but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted, while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
Publisher: London :, HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780008172114
9780008172121
9780008172145
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 24 cm.

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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 unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

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bookishdl Nov 20, 2017

My favourite book for 2017. Exquisitely crafted novel that provided the right amount of humour and sadness without ever being twee or obvious. Loved it.


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SusanJFerguson
Mar 24, 2020

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csstalter
Mar 08, 2020

I enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining and I looked forward to each time I opened it to see how Eleanor was doing. It makes me look at casual relationships in my life a little more closely. Sometimes what you need is right there already. I'm wishing for an 2nd story on Eleanor because now I feel attached to her.

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mrsbarker
Mar 03, 2020

I love this book. It really helped me unravel my own "issues" and see someone like me learning how to cope with a confusing and incomprehensible world. So well written, so much insight. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

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rosinasavino
Jan 27, 2020

This book deserves all the praise it has received and i understand why so many people wish to read it. One thing i will add is to be mindful of your emotions as the content in the book may cause distress for some readers.

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Tica77
Dec 27, 2019

As a first novel, this book is excellent. It delves into the issue of loneliness and the traumatic effects of a horrible childhood. Eleanor Oliphant, the main character, is a socially-awkward young woman who, allowing herself to open up to a new friend (Raymond), is able to look forward to a much brighter future. Beautifully written.

CD_Librarian Dec 24, 2019

This is a compassionate and funny story of a lonely young woman with a traumatic past, forging a joyful future.

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FloraWest
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.

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spfields
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.

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Pago
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.

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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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