Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Source: Book Club (Library book)
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Humour
Publication Date: 25th January 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink ever weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…”
My Thoughts & Review
I’ve wanted to read this since it came out but never actually got around to it. I actually own a signed copy and it had been waiting to be read on my TBR pile but it wasn’t a priority read, I knew I would get around to it eventually. But then my friend told me they were reading it for our January read I was both excited but sceptical. I had heard lots of mixed reviews about this book, some had told me they’d loved it and others had said they had given up. So, I went into reading it with an open mind.
When I first started the book, I thought was going to be turn into a chick lit that I wouldn’t enjoy, but I slowly started to warm to it and in the end I really enjoyed. I thought the story was really well written, with great pacing and characterisation, however, a little predictable at times. I found the book to be a breath of fresh air. It was also funny and sad at the same time.
I thought the author done a great job with the small cast of characters. I especially liked the main character Eleanor. She was an interesting and well developed character who I enjoyed very much. I liked how the author reveals the truth about Eleanor bit by bit. Even though it’s not mentioned or discussed in the book I kept thinking Eleanor was showing traits of some mild form of autism or learning difficult but I’m not an expert and that’s just my opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend you give it ago if you haven’t already read it.
Some thoughts from other book club members:
(Spoiler free thoughts)
“I was skeptical at first, but I really got into it, and in the end I really enjoyed the book. I think its one of the best books we’ve read for book club.”
“It was a interesting book, but confusing at times. But liked it”
“I’ve not read a book so good and touching, thats stayed with me before. It’s so well written”
(Thoughts that contain spoilers)
“I liked how this book covered topics of loneliness and alcoholism, not enough books cover these types of topics in such a way that this book does”
“I thought the mother was really cruel and it’s her fault that Eleanor is the way she is”
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