Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Large Print - 2018
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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 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"--
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich :, Large Print Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432847685
1432847686
Branch Call Number: LT FIC HONE
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 22 cm
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This heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting book features Eleanor, a 30-year old woman who is an eccentric loner and disliked by her coworkers.

Ms. Eleanor Oliphant leads a highly predictable--if a bit socially awkward--life, working in an office, eating the same meals, wearing the same clothes, and spending weekends alone in a monotonous routine. That's how Eleanor prefers it; she is, as she regularly tells herself, fine. That all chang... Read More »


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DBRL_AlyssaW Sep 24, 2020

For the first few chapters of the book, Eleanor is so cringey that I almost stopped reading. I am so glad I stuck with it, though. This book was wonderful. If you liked "A Man Called Ove," you will likely enjoy this as well because it evokes similar emotions. Like Ove, Eleanor is far from pleasant or likeable, but you cannot help growing to like her for her earnestness and snark. The other characters (particularly Raymond) were equally delightful. I agree with a previous commenter that I did not want the audiobook to end. It felt like saying goodbye to friends!

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yololo1
Aug 24, 2020

I am so sad that this audio book came to an end! It's the best book of my summer so far. I will be thinking of Eleanor and Raymond for a long while.

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kwhitebaker
Aug 14, 2020

One of the very best books I've ever read. Devastating and beautiful. You can't help rooting for Eleanor!

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santoshtanneer
Aug 14, 2020

A girl who is completely on her own regardless of her surrounding people. She seems to be completely fine according to her, but when she meet certain people she finds a solution how to cope up with her abused mother and let go off everything and start a new beginning. At the beginning i felt boring but later on i was eager to know how and when Eleanor is going to be completely fine. Its a good book to read.

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hollyharkener
Aug 11, 2020

I loved this. I love Eleanor. What a treat of a character she is. I hope to forget it soon so I can read it again and experience it anew.

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readinJC
Aug 07, 2020

Based on the cover design, I expected this to be a light, fun read. This turned out to be the BEST book I've read in 2020!

Eleanor is much deeper than the picture on the cover leads you to believe. Amusingly written, well developed and interesting characters, with a deceptively simple plot that I found I couldn't look away from, I finished it too quickly. I highly recommend!

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wingertdj
Jul 24, 2020

The title of Gail Honeyman’s book “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is sarcasm. Eleanor is anything, but fine. She is physically and mentally scarred by her abusive mother. She is getting by, by keeping herself tightly in check and getting drunk on the weekends to keep the memories at bay. This book is the story of how her world changes when she is forced to become involved an act of kindness for a stranger. How recovery is not a pretty picture. How sometimes you have to admit to yourself, you need help to stand up for yourself and face your personal demons. It was good.

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Indoorcamping
Jul 21, 2020

There’s so much buzz about other first-published fiction writers like Sally Rooney and Stephanie Danler, and I’m sure so many others. Good for them: Conversations with Friends was really good but kind of gimmicky, but much better than Normal People as the gimmick wore off. And Sweetbitter was kind of annoying and predictable but brilliantly written which is absolutely frustrating to tell you the truth. With those, I didn’t drop lifeless in my chair and stick there until I was finished reading, getting numb and hungry but unable to stop like I did with this one.

And honestly, it seems kind of gimmicky but to me it was just enough quirk and plot and suspense to make me sit still and lose a day in that uncomfortable chair. Actually there’s a lot of quirk. Brilliant quirk. Brilliant British quirk, the best kind of all. It’s a way of learning about another place, through someone else’s eyes, living through situations you never will. And have so much fun while you are sitting still, not being in mental anguish from abuse you never had inflicted upon you.

Not to say this is depressing. It could have been, and it is a little fiction-ish. But somehow I enjoyed getting lost in a weird-as-hell character who says what she thinks, and what you’d say if you were being honest and if you were living in a really strange bubble. Such fun to be honest. And it makes you think about how much we lie and cover up and hide and pretend and be nice when we really don’t want to give our names to the barista.

I haven’t recommended this to my friends or family because I’m just not sure it’s for everyone. But whenever someone talks about wishing people would just be honest with them, I feel like they should read this book and they’d get a good look at why people aren’t going to ever “be honest.”

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Cidherman
Jun 16, 2020

Amazing and quirky and fun and just SO good! I LOVE ELEANOR!

Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE touched my soul in ways that few books ever have. I just finished reading it with a few tears: sad for the awful things Eleanor experienced as a child; happy for the beautiful person the 30 year old is becoming; sad for myself to be saying goodbye to this remarkable person and this amazing book.

Gail Honeyman's book does the thing that all excellent storytelling does: It makes you see and feel things that are outside of your usual way of experiencing the world. I read to see, learn and vicariously experience things that are unknown or new to me OR to experience familiar things in new ways. To be able to read and enjoy reading is a gift; ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is a gift to readers.

If you are familiar with Wally Lamb's novel, SHE'S COME UNDONE, you will find some similarities to ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE. Let me explain: The main character in both books is a young woman who can be described as a late bloomer. The obstacles that they face are often self imposed, but require they face childhood trauma and open themselves to the world around them in order to live. The goal and dream is to live a happy fulfilling life, but for any chance of that, they have to keep living, despite extreme and painful circumstances. I liked SHE'S COME UNDONE, but I loved
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE .

My reading experience was unusual for this book. I didn't like it for several chapters. I honestly couldn't stand Eleanor and I kept wondering what all the hype was about. But...Eleanor, as a character, is insidious. She is completely unique. She has a dry sarcastic humor and has mastered the one word comment (usually to herself), that sums up her unique view of any situation or person so perfectly, I laughed out loud. She does this constantly, and it is so uniquely HER, that you slowly begin to like and eventually, to love her.

I LOVE ELEANOR! and I loved this book. It is Amazing and quirky and fun and just so good. Stick with it, and get to know Eleanor. She will grow on you in ways you'll never regret

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kphawk
Jun 03, 2020

I really enjoyed this unusual story with such an interesting character. Eleanor’s humorous observations made me smile.

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paula_derby
Mar 26, 2020

“...loneliness is hallmarked by an intense desire to bring the experience to a close; something which cannot be achieved by getting out more, but only by developing intimate connections. This is far easier said than done, especially for people whose loneliness arises from a state of loss, exile or prejudice, who have reason to fear or mistrust as well as long for the society of others.” The Lonely City by Olivia Laing (epigraph)

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paula_derby
Mar 26, 2020

“There is no happiness like being loved by your fellow creatures and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” Jane Eyre

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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!

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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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