Widely hailed as the fiction debut of 2017, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a triumph of deft observation of everyday life. By turns laugh-aloud funny and deeply poignant, it is a book that champions everyday courage and the importance of friendship in a world where people are increasingly isolated. Challenging the stigmas that exist around loneliness in contemporary society, it is a gentle reminder of those we too easily overlook and how a life can be changed by small acts of kindness
My View (no spoilers)
What a marvellous book. Very easy to pick up and read and devour. I rarely finish a book in a matter of hours but this one was impossible to put down.
The protagonist Eleanor is a loner, she lives alone, sticks to rigid routines and doesn’t socialise. She works in accounts and the others in her office think she is weird. What they don’t know is what went on in her past and her personal history that means a conventional life is impossible.
A glitch with her computer one day brings Raymond into her life. He sees past her peculiarities and offers her her first true friendship. As the reader slowly unravels her past, we begin to care passionately for Eleanor and want her to make gentle and positive moves forward in her life with Raymond’s help.
Although the character was fairly unbelievable at times Honeyman has created Eleanor beautifully. Rarely is the main character of a book so intriguing. As the book develops you root for her more and more and she always surprise you. Is Eleanor completely fine?
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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