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 out laughing out loud. 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.
The book was unlike anything I usually read - being a murder mystery fan usually but I saw the reviews and thought why not. I can honestly say It's one of the best books I have ever read. I saw bits of Eleanor in myself and other people I know. It was so easy to read and so hard to out aside to do other things that needed doing. Highly recommended
Bravo Gail Honeyman. What an outstanding debut novel you've delivered. Eleanor Oliphant (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.
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 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.
This is a believable story as many children in today's world suffer traumatic situations which lead to problems in their adult lives. Gives a realisation that such lives are recoverable if excellent mental health care is available and how important its provision is in modern society. As a novel it expertly enables readers to feel the power of simple wholesome love and genuine caring for those encountered. A lovely warm story of simple people helping each other to gain a sense of their worth and value. A valuable and enjoyable read for all.
There are so many sad and isolated folk in our societies and this author has painted a picture of such a person. But then we all love a 'sad person makes good' story, so this is where this story lies firmly in the area of fiction, because we rarely if ever reach out to such people and say 'Welcome to my home. Come and have a cuppa and a chat.' Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could make room for each other.
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 laughed out loud. 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.
I loved this book. Such a sensitive account of loneliness, without succumbing to dramatics. I found it honest in its characterisation and plot development. I sometimes feel patronized by authors who introduce characters as antagonists who then go on to be "the one great love". None of the characters in this book (apart from perhaps the cat) gave me this feeling. Loved its simplicity and depth. The writing style truly appealed to me. Self deprecating in a way that only those from the British Isles can master (in my opinion). Laughed aloud many times..."He wasn't using a knife, but held his fork in his right hand like a child or an American." "Whatever Raymond was eating smelled disgusting, like gently reheated vomit." Eleanor's description of the moves to YMCA were delightful, "Freeform jigging, communal shapes in the air, freeform jigging, communal shapes in the air. Dancing was easy!" Read and enjoy! Not looking forward to the movie as I'm scared it will overly dramatise both characters and plot.
Eleanor is a triumph. A damaged, broken person who ever so slowly blooms without you realising what you're a witness to. It feels privileged to be a part of. An honour, dusted with both heartache and out loud hilarity. The emotional insights are sharp, acute and accurate. A painful, joyous must read.