Friday, March 30, 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - a review of the book

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This wonderful book is dark and light in shifting measures. It is at once amusing, thoughtful, utterly disturbing, outrageously down to earth, intellectually piercing, socially banal, awkward and uplifting. All of that unfolds beautifully to develop the main character, permitting us to be with her as she manages the pivotal moments that release her from a dreadful inner turmoil.

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The blurb on Goodreads says:

No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. 

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes, The only way to survive is to open your heart...

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