This was recommended by my FB book club and since joining have explored lots of new genres I wouldn’t have read this before but I am so very glad I did I loved the story and as for Eleanor OMG I totally fell in love with her character and quirkiness I was sad to finish it and would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know
What an absolute breath of fresh air. I loved the characters in this book, particularly Eleanor and Raymond. It was beautifully written and had you teary one minute, then the next chuckling or straight outlaughingoutloud. I loved Eleanor’s very correct way of speaking, how proper her language was...you could almost imagine her speaking to you and being very entertained. I would love a sequel, I know, a bit boring, but I would enjoy seeing her make a life with Raymond. I was hoping till the end that would happen. Funny isn’t it, how absorbed you get in characters from a book and want a happy life ending for fictitious people? That’s the joy of getting lost in rich characters.
There's not much to be said about Eleanor Oliphant that hasn't been said 100 times already, so I'll just add my endorsement to the multitude. This is just such beautiful writing - craftsmanship is evident in every sentence, and it was such a delight to read. Eleanor is such a complex character: prickly, unlikeable, aloof...and yet incredibly endearing, warm and sympathetic. Eleanor's unique perspective on the modern world was at the same time laughoutloud funny and heart-breakingly sad. These wonderful contrasts were one of the delights of the book, as was Eleanor's gradual blossoming. So, so good - one of the best novels I've read all year.
Recommended to me by by a friend I am embarrassed to say I put off reading it as wasn't sure I'd enjoy it, well I absolutely loved it! I have recommended it to so many people. This the first book I've reviewed where I've been positive and happy to say it's a great read. A little quirky and a little sad, at times I laughedoutloud. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sad to finish as would have loved to read more about Eleanor. I can understand why it will be turned into a movie.
Eleanor Oliphant had me hooked from the first page. I love how relatable and at the same time unrelatable she was as a character. This book made me laughoutloud very loudly and sighed deeply, cringed and winced regularly and teared up unexpectedly. A beautifully written, very moving book and I was sad to finish it.
This would have to be one of the most enjoyable books I've ever had the pleasure to read. Gail Honeyman has written a masterpiece and I can't recommend it highly enough! When you are first introduced to Eleanor Oliphant you get the impression she has Aspergers due to the abrupt way she interacts with other people. But as the story unfolds you soon learn that her lack of social skills is the result of something far more sinister. Initially I found it difficult to understand why a 30 year old woman still called her mother "mummy" and it's not until you get to the end of the book that it makes sense. I had to read the 'newspaper articles' a couple of times before I understood the twist, which I certainly didn't see coming. This book had me laughingoutloud in places and deeply grieved in others. I found it difficult to put down and when I did, could not stop thinking about Eleanor's life. In closing I'd like to add, if 'Raymond' has an older brother, could someone please give him my number 😅!
“Even the circus freak side of my face – my damaged half – was better than the alternative, which would have meant death by fire. I didn’t burn to ashes. I emerged from the flames like a little phoenix. I ran my fingers over the scar tissue, caressing the contours…. There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they’re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.”
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the first novel by British author, Gail Honeyman. At thirty years of age, and despite her degree in Classics, Eleanor Oliphant has worked a mundane office job in By Design, a graphic design company in Glasgow for nine years. She has no friends and the people she works with find her strange. But her life is well organised: completely fine, in her opinion, needing nothing. Until, that is, she casts eyes on musician Johnnie Lomond.
Eleanor sets out to attract the love of her life, undergoing several preparatory procedures to ready herself for a potential encounter (waxing, hair, nails, make-up), as well as acquiring the electronic means to do some research on the object of her attention. She is distracted from her task by Raymond Gibbons, the firm’s (rather slovenly) IT consultant, who ropes her into helping an old man who has fallen in the street. Eleanor is sure he’s drunk but “…Even alcoholics deserve help, I suppose, although they should get drunk at home, like I do, so that they don’t cause anyone else any trouble. But then, not everyone is as sensible and considerate as me.”
Honeyman gives the reader a moving tale that includes a good dose of humour. Eleanor is a complex character: socially inept but generally unaware of it, often remarking on the lack of manners that others display: “’You don’t look like a social worker,’ I said. She stared at me but said nothing. Not again! In every walk of life, I encounter people with underdeveloped social skills with alarming frequency. Why is it that client-facing jobs hold such allure for misanthropes…”
Yet Eleanor is often insightful, although she can also be naïve: “After all, how hard could it be? … If I could perform scansion on the Aeneid, if I could build a macro in an Excel spreadsheet, if I could spend the last nine birthdays and Christmases and New Year’s Eves alone, then I’m sure I could manage to organize a delightful festive lunch for thirty people on a budget of ten pounds per capita”
Her literal interpretation of what people say often makes for laugh-out-loud moments, and her observations can be shrewd: “She had tried to steer me towards vertiginous heels again – why are these people so incredibly keen on crippling their female customers? I began to wonder if cobblers and chiropractors had established fiendish cartel.”
This brilliant debut novel touches on childhood neglect, physical cruelty and emotional abuse, as well as repressed memories and survivor guilt. It highlights the value of a skilled counsellor and the importance of care and understanding, friendship and love. Recommended!