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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She is thirty years old and leads a simple life. She has had the same job since she finished university, wears the same clothes to work each day, eats the same meal for lunch and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink each weekend. She knows her co-workers make fun of her but she it doesn’t bother her.She is completely fine and finds nothing lacking in her routine life. Until one day, things don’t exactly go to plan and an act of kindness towards a random stranger breaks down the walls she has carefully built around herself. Eleanor must now navigate the world we take for granted as a colleague, Raymond opens doors to a life she never knew could exist.

As her life slowly starts to change, Eleanor must also find the courage to face areas of her life she has successfully avoided thus far.

How do I even begin to review this book without giving away too much? It’s beautiful and funny and sad and heartwarming. You know there is something wrong about Eleanor’s past and bit by bit, you start to learn about it. Eleanor’s character is extremely well-drawn out and you are able to empathise wholly with her. At the same time, you have to laugh at her quirky and somewhat unusual behaviour. Her behaviour starts to make sense as you find out more about her. Raymond is a wonderful character too and in spite of Eleanor’s judgemental views about him initially, you warm to him.

This book, in a nutshell, is about loneliness and the importance of social connectedness; it’s about kindness and acceptance. It’s about the relationships we form in this world as adults.

Eleanor’s voice is unique and Honeyman has done great justice to her given her background. The overly formal language, the judgemental attitude, the submissive behaviour at times in stark contrast to the detached attitude are all superbly done. The narrative arc is brilliant as you are constantly anticipating knowing more about Eleanor and seeking explanations for her behaviour while at the same time worrying about her. I chuckled a fair bit, laughed out loud occasionally and cried a little during this book. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and an enjoyable read.

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***Read for Erin’s book challenge and linking up with Denyse for Life this week and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

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  • Leo
    22 January 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I’m between books at present (since The Shadow of the Wind is a bit slow paced). I think I might try and procure a copy of this to read soon. Liked the review, and the “in the nutshell” part. πŸ™‚

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      23 January 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Would love to hear your views! And I can’t believe you finished Erin’s challenge. I’m only on my second book for the challenge! πŸ˜›

  • Alicia O'Brien
    22 January 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Sounds like a good one πŸ™‚
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  • Cate@Life Behind The Purple Door
    22 January 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I have heard excellent things about this book, it’s been on my read list for awhile.

  • Shilpa Gupte
    22 January 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Sounds a lot like me – a person of routines! A routine makes people like ‘us’ feel comfortable. It does make me feel secure, for sure.
    I am intrigued by the storyline and would love to read about someone who seems quite a bit like me!
    Thank you for this review, Sanch!
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      23 January 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Aha…but there are reasons behind her routine. I like routines too but I also love to be spontaneous! πŸ™‚ Have a read of it and would love to hear your views

  • Lata Sunil
    22 January 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Sounds very interesting. Bookmarking this one.

  • Soumya
    22 January 2018 at 11:35 pm

    5 stars? WOW! I’m ordering it rightaway.

    Eleanor sounds like an adorable character.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      23 January 2018 at 7:11 pm

      It’s a lovely book and I can’t wait to see what you think about it. I feel like I need to re-read it just to savour it

  • Parul Thakur
    23 January 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Oh I want to read this book now. I did not even look at the ratings that you shared. The review is a give away. Love it. Adding it to 2018 TBR.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      23 January 2018 at 7:10 pm

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! It’s a book I feel like I need to re-read just to savour it

  • Suzy
    23 January 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds like a good read will put it on my to read list.
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  • Deb @ inner compass designs
    23 January 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I loved this book. It was emotional, complex and well written. Surprise ending bit as well.

    23 January 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Sigh! books books and more books. The more I try not to buy, the more I find interesting ones that catch my fancy. This one too has been on my mind and your excellent review is now making me itch to go ut and splurge !!! πŸ˜‰

  • Denyse
    24 January 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I cannot read this post because I am still listening to it on audible…. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 4/52. Next Week is the FIRST photo-centred prompt (no topic!) called #ShareYourSnaps. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s photos every 5th week this year!
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  • Shalini
    25 January 2018 at 12:42 am

    I think I am going to love this one. I read a positive review on Ramya’s blog as well. Thanks, Sanch. I always trust your recommendations πŸ™‚
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  • Aditi Kaushiva
    25 January 2018 at 2:23 am

    I’ve seen this book around and have been wanting to read. Definitely on my TBR now!
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  • Ashleigh Mills
    29 January 2018 at 11:57 am

    I loved this book! I devoured it. I thought you would love it. Can see it as a movie too!

  • January 2018 Reflections - Sanch Writes
    1 February 2018 at 10:11 pm

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