Off the Charts – eleanor oliphant is completely fine (Gail Honeyman)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This be the seventh book in me Ports for Plunder – 19 Books in 2019 list. Both this book and a man called ove were two books highly recommended by the crew.  I adored Ove as he was me kindred spirit.  So I was excited to finally meet Eleanor as well.

I have to admit that I was more of fan of Eleanor pre-transformation.  I mean I didn’t enjoy her alcoholism, self-disgust, or her mental illness (so sad!) but I loved her quirky, somehow endearing viewpoint of the world.  She was very aware of her likes and dislikes and the commentary on people and places around her was just excellent.  Much of her introvertism aligned with me own.  Societal niceties (other than being polite) can be overrated.

Her evolving friendship with her co-worker, Raymond, was just delightful.  Raymond was just so silly and sweet and lovely.  If only everyone had a friend like him.  Watching Eleanor become more open to people and the world around her was divine.  I enjoyed watching her go from “survival mode” to finding joy and acceptance in her own being.  I enjoyed how Raymond’s friendship helped this occur in a natural, organic way.

Though eventually, Eleanor ends up in therapy.  Which is good.  She certainly needed professional help and I am glad there is no stigma attached to this.  But the transformation that occurs seems to end up making Eleanor more like everyone else.  It seemed to suggest that in order to be happy, ye have to blend in better with the “normal” people.  This involved things like wearing makeup, buying better expensive clothes, and getting haircuts.  I am not saying those things are bad in-and-of themselves.  But some of this gave me moments of unease while listening.

But for the majority of the book, I was content to follow and watch Eleanor.  Mostly because of her and Raymond’s interactions.  I thought this was a powerful book about how deep loneliness can be and its effects on the human condition.  The only part I actively hated was the final twist at the end.  I thought it cheapened Eleanor’s growth and empowerment of dealing with her mother.  It just seemed so gimmicky.  But I loved Eleanor’s odd-duck ways and was very glad to have finally read the book that everyone has been raving about.  Arrrr!

Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:

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Gail Honeyman – Author

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Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Reviews for Me 19 in 2019 Books

the lie tree – Frances Hardinge (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

children of blood and bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)

summerland – Hannu Rajaniemi (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

the ship – Antonia Honeywell (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi Dystopia)

rosewater – Tade Thompson (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

wild beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

19 thoughts on “Off the Charts – eleanor oliphant is completely fine (Gail Honeyman)

    1. I think both of these stories are extremely well written and seem to be relatable to most people. Quirky is a great word for both of these characters. Thanks for the lovely comment and hope ye have a chance to get to these soon!
      x The Captain

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