- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins (30 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008258252
- ISBN-13: 978-0008258252
- Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
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#739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #66 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)
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‘A truly original literary creation: funny, touching and unpredictable. Her journey out of the shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping’ Jojo Moyes
‘Unforgettable, brilliant, funny and life-affirming’ Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL
‘Original [and] unexpectedly funny’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘An outstanding debut about loneliness and the power of a little kindness’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘Heartbreaking and heartwarming’ STYLIST
‘Brave, smart and funny… the most refreshing and heartwarming debut I’ve read in some time’ YORKSHIRE POST
‘A narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness… Wonderful and joyful’ Jenny Colgan, GUARDIAN
‘Moving, funny and devastating’ THE HERALD
‘Heartwrenching and wonderful’ Nina Stibbe
‘Deft, compassionate and moving’ Paula McLain
‘I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!’ Joanna Cannon
‘A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed’ Cathy Rentzenbrink
‘Hugely original, a funny and sad tale of a survivor who tackles the challenges of emotional reconnection with grave courage. Unmissable.’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Quirky, witty and absorbing’ HEAT
‘Warm and funny, moving and deeply original, Eleanor Oliphant is completely marvellous’ Gavin Extence
‘A beautiful and delicate balance between funny and heartbreaking… restores your faith in humanity’ RED
‘You’ll laugh and cry reading this fine debut’ PRIMA
‘Impeccable’ Dawn O’Porter
‘So powerful – I completely loved Eleanor Oliphant’ Fiona Barton
‘Heartbreaking’ Bryony Gordon
‘Delightful, dark and moving’ Sarah Pinborough
‘Warm, quirky and fun, with a real poignancy underneath’ Julie Cohen
‘A stunning debut! I laughed, wept and reflected’ Lucy Clarke
‘As perceptive and wise as it is funny and endearing… Warm, funny and thought-provoking’ OBSERVER
‘An absolute joy, laugh-out-loud funny but deeply moving’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Satisfyingly quirky’ NEW YORK TIMES
About the Author
While Gail Honeyman was writing her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. It has subsequently sold to almost thirty territories worldwide and it
was chosen as one of the Observer’s Debuts of the Year for 2017.
Gail was also awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award in 2014 and has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.
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“Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself.”
One fine day Eleanor finds her computer is not working so she calls up the IT guy, Raymond. Raymond is not someone she can like. He doesn’t fit her definition of proper man as provided by Mummy besides she has already found a proper man. He is a musician. Eleanor develops a middle school crush on the musician leading to changes in her physical appearance. On the other hand, her interactions with Raymond increase after they save an old man on the street. A new world opens to Eleanor, one she didn’t know existed. She made choices she didn’t know were there. It is funny and sad when Eleanor describes day to day things in a new perspective. And Eleanor is hilarious. This is how she describes her mug “I purchased it in a charity shop some years ago, and it has a photograph of a moon-faced man. He is wearing a brown leather blouson. Along the top, in the strange yellow font, it says ‘Top Gear’. I don’t profess to understand this mug. It holds the perfect amount of vodka, however, thereby obviating the need for frequent refills.”
But what’s the reason for Eleanor’s utter loneliness? Why doesn’t she use a phone or talk to anyone? What happened to her that she has a scar on her face? Why is Mummy so rude to her? A set of changes forces Eleanor to face her past, the one she didn’t want to remember. The past she removed from her memory.
Maybe change is better than fine.
Well, Eleanor’s vocabulary is awesome, and she treats herself like royalty. Which made me think our world is what we want it to be. The way she carries herself makes it evident that it’s easy to exist, but it takes an effort to live. Her loneliness and lack of emotions touched a nerve. Raymond is such a kindred spirit. While reading I was so afraid that maybe now Raymond will walk out and leave Eleanor alone. It’s a feel-good book. Makes you believe that there are still good people out there. And once you start running for the bus the universe provides.
What I didn’t like how the author doesn’t go into the detail of Eleanor’s past. But maybe it’s just me.
“In the end, what matters is this: I survived.”
Eleanor works in an office, is shunned by her coworkers, and leads an isolated life. This starts to change when two men enter her life - her new coworker Raymond, and a singer she encounters at a music concert. Eleanor becomes infatuated with the singer and begins to experiment with changing her style, even as her friendship with Raymond deepens.
Eleanor is an endearing character, as is Raymond. As their love story unfolds, it is heartening to find that even someone as damaged as Eleanor is able to find someone who loves her, warts and all. Eleanor's courage in seeing a counsellor and her journey to wholeness are inspiring.
The book is written in a light style, which helps to soften its heavy subject matter. This book is a must-read for people who have experienced mental health issues and are looking for an uplifting tale.
I could relate to Eleanor on many levels.
This book was touching without being overly-sentimental, consuming and nothing less than a roller coaster ride. You will be laughing at one page and crying a bucket full of tears on the next one.