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
There's not much to be said about EleanorOliphant 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 laugh out loud 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.
Bravo Gail Honeyman. What an outstanding debut novel you've delivered. EleanorOliphant (Ms) may well be completely fine but the entire book was completely excellent. I'll admit I went into this book with the expectation bar set to lofty heights having seen nothing but 4 and 5 star reviews from my friends. Ms Oliphant and I got off to a slow start. I couldn't quite relate to her quirky mannerisms and overly formal, less than friendly personality. I was dreading the thought of being the outlier, having to write a luke warm review. I should not have wasted even a moment thinking those thoughts as in no time at all she had started to worm her way into my heart. This book was full of funny moments, clever observations and a story I adored. So engrossed was I that when I finished part one and saw part two was titled Bad Days I gasped out loud and said "oh no". I was devastated to think that things were to take a turn for the worse just when I'd been so happy with how things had been progressing for Eleanor. It don't want to spoil the story for other readers so am staying clear of the plot or my thoughts on how and why Eleanor is the way she is. I can't however resist commenting on Raymond. His mother was right when she described him as having a heart of gold. Not only was he accepting of Eleanor, he was the most wonderful support when she needed it most. Eleanors responses to him caused me no end of entertainment and he gave me reason to have hope for her future. I loved this piece of text as Eleanor recognises the true value of Raymond's friendship.
<i> " This is what I felt: the warm weight of his hands on me; the genuineness in his smile; the gentle heat of something opening, the way some flowers spread out in the morning at the sight of the sun. I knew what was happening. It was the unscarred piece of my heart. It was just big enough to let in a bit of affection. There was still a tiny bit of room left."<i/>
As Eleanor herself somewhat hesitantly acknowledged <i>"one only gets a single chance to make a first impression".<i/> What an exceptional first impression this authors writing has made upon thousands of readers and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.
It’s really quite hard to sum this book up! I picked this up because the reviews were so good and now I can see why. The story is heart felt and writing skill of this author is really quite exceptional. EleanorOliphant is funny, relatable, sad and moving and shines a light on the reality of many people worldwide - loneliness. I hope this book opens the heart of other readers a little more, like it has mine and helps us to lean in to empathy and kindness. I highly recommend this book.
A wonderful surprise of a book. Starting as a funny and telling view of much of what passes for normal in our modern world through the eyes of odd EleanorOliphant, the book veers into a dark world where a woman struggles to live with her horrific past. I found it to be hilarious and very moving. The best kind of book. A window into ourselves via the fictional life of an outsider whose "fine" life crumbles in the face of her need for human love and connection.
EleanorOliphant 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 laugh out loud 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.
Just loved the story of EleanorOliphant, ......had a bit of a twist at the end... This is a book that I didn't want to end, keep thinking about it quite frequently and will re read again....Highly recommend.
I was delighted to find myself captivated by the intrigue of EleanorOliphant, to discover her 'secret', and possibly to understand her social discord. The journey was fun, it was awkward and it was sad also. EleanorOliphant is better than fine!!
I enjoyed this book very much, it was so believable as you lived in EleanorOliphant's world. Crying tears, laughing with her, learning of her story, feeling all of the emotions with enlightenment right along side her - unfolding like the flower in the morning sun as she describes.
Both heart warming and heart breaking. It makes you cry and laugh at the same time. If you don’t like EleanorOliphant, there must be something missing in your heart. Totally recommended. if you like A Man Called Ove, you would love this one too.