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Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Authors: Honeyman, Gail
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 386
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
Description: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, or so she tells everyone, but it's dependent on her strict adherence to her routines, and a careful shuffle past the elephant in the room. But as it is with life, change is inevitable, and when her colleague Raymond befriends her, the walls around Eleanor are under threat, and the elephant wants out.

This quirky and poignant story celebrates surviving what life throws at us and delivers it via the endearing Eleanor, a courageous and unconsciously witty narrator grappling with early tragedy, the absurdities of human behaviour and the rewards of social connection.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It's a great read - very gripping."

"Superbly well written - the characters are very real."

"The characters are the main feature of this book - beautifully and sympathetically written. It's a book about love and not the usual romantic type."

"I struggled for the first 30 pages because Eleanor was drawn as such an unlovable character, but I was so glad I persevered."

"This book is well and lovingly written and well-constructed."

"I could not put this book down - it was a very quick read."

"I wondered at first what I'd struck, but I came to enjoy the book very much. A great study on loneliness."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, England, 2019 Titles

Reviews

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By: CHCH 423 2019-03-01 14:11:18
4 
A very good book - funny, fast-paced, a good ending and a page-turner. Parts were a little too contrived but that's only a minor criticism.

By: CHCH 125 2019-03-01 14:09:19
5 
We found this a very compelling story with endearing characters.

By: NELS 076 2019-03-01 14:03:33
4 
We loved watching Eleanor grow throughout the novel - and loved how unpredictable the story was.

By: CHCH 392 2019-03-01 13:54:49
5 
Fantastic book.

By: TAUR 004 2019-03-01 13:54:20
5 
This is a top read. Perfect for the holiday period. Everyone loved it, and no one picked the twist at the end.

By: MARTIN 004 2019-02-28 15:01:33
4.5 
It was generally enjoyed; a quirky and original perspective on 'normal' life. An unreliable narrator who was like a Martian on earth. The group wants to read more from this author.

By: GORE 007 2019-02-28 14:59:32
4.5 
All the readers thoroughly enjoyed this and can't wait for the movie.

By: WESTO 001 2019-02-22 15:23:34
4.5 
This book was enjoyed by the group and we are recommending it to others. Created discussion about loneliness in the modern world, and how people/work places treat each other/staff. Very good read.

By: CHCH 318 2019-01-16 11:55:57
5 
We all loved this book.. It is a charming book about a quirky loner - warm and funny but also heartbreaking. We thought Eleanor was probably autistic but maybe it was her early life and her mother that damaged her. Definitely would recommend.

 
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