Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineBook - 2017
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"I suppose one of the reasons we're able to continue to exist for our allotted span in this green and blue vale of tears is that there is always, however remote it might seem, the possibility of change." (182)
page 265 "... how to select appropriate (reading) material... The covers are of very little help, because they always say only good things, and I've found out to my cost that they're rarely accurate."
example being this book said "funny" and looking for a light-hearted read after 10 months of covid19 and this book is not funny. Reese Witherspoon, Jojo Moyes, reviewer at People, and others have a sick, vindictive sense of humor if this book is funny.
page 225 "What, I wondered, was the point of me? I contributed nothing to the world, absolutely nothing, and I took nothing from it either. When I cease to exist, it would make no material difference to anyone." "Most people's absence from the world would be felt on a personal level by at least a handful of people. I, however, had no one." ... "I do not feel sorry for myself, not in the least. These are simply statements of fact." "I have been waiting for death all my life. I do not mean that I actually wish to die, just that I do not really want to be alive." Precedes Eleanor's suicide attempt.
page 220 "I had convinced myself that he was the one, that he would help to make me normal, fix things that were wrong with my life. Someone to help me deal with Mommy, block out her voice when she whispered in my ear, telling me I was bad, I was wrong, I wasn't good enough. Why has I thought that?" Eleanor when she realizes that the musician was just a juvenile crush and a romance with him would never happen.
page 134 "Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once your realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself. That's the thing: it's best just to take care of yourself. You can't protect other people, however hard you try. You try, and you fail, and your world collapses around you, burns sown to ashes." Eleanor's thoughts when Raymond wants to meet before going to Laura's house.
pg 300 .... was wearing a strange, oversized woolen hat that I hadn't seen before. It looked like the kind of hat that a German goblin might wear in an illustration from a nineteenth-century fairy tale, possibly one about a baker who was unkind to children and got his comeuppance via an elfin horde, ......
“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”
“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”
p 134: Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.
These days, lonliness is the new cancer -- a shameful, embarassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.
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Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!
Except maybe she isn’t.
Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.
Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.
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