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April’s Review: Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’

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Happy Easter to all those that celebrate! We hope your day was full of reading, sunshine and rest!

For April’s review theme, it was ‘Editor’s Picks’, a chance for me to pick and review a novel that has been on my to-read list. And for this month, I decided to review Gail Honeyman’s 2017 debut novel ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ after hearing about its immense popularity and readership.

Since its publication in 2017, Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ has received rave critical and audience reviews and has been discussed and reviewed by a huge range of book and lifestyle bloggers alike. Just the other day in my local library I overheard a woman requesting a copy of the novel to be delivered only for the librarian to respond that she would be added onto a list of FOURTEEN requests before it’d be her turn to take out a copy! But is the novel worth waiting for?

Honeyman’s novel is touching and disturbing all at the same time. The what-may-seem-to-be heartwarming story line can not only be read as a simple adult fiction story but as a possible social commentary on British foster and social care systems as well as an evaluation on our attitudes towards the ‘outsiders’ of the world. The novel can also be included as part of the huge rising literary movement that has begun to respond to attitudes towards mental health issues and attitudes. ‘Eleanor Oliphant’ is thus not only a text to be enjoyed and discussed, but a text to analyse and think about.

Honeyman’s writing style captures Eleanor’s aloof perspective perfectly. Her use of language, comedy and action creates a captivating portrayal of a woman struggling to be noticed in a society whose habits and expectations are alien to her.

It would be wrong to think that this story is lighthearted, but the darker subject matters of the novel such as suicide, abuse, stalker-mentality and mental illness are written respectfully and tactfully. Honeyman should be praised for touching on such subjects so diligently.

I also enjoyed how the novel was devised. Yes, the ending was somewhat predictable (in the way that all adult general fiction novels are), however I found it enthralling to read a novel which does not feature romance or infatuation so heavily within its story line, particularly in a novel that focuses on a female protagonist.

And Eleanor Oliphant’s character is perfectly created. She is the anti-Mary Poppins, practically imperfect in every way. She disgusts, she humours, she elicits sympathy but most of all she surprises. Her character development is finely done; Honeyman ensures the reader of Eleanor’s personal abnormalities so often that we are left looking for them within our own person.  

If you can get your hands on a copy, ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ is a novel that delights, repulses and lingers in the mine even weeks past the final page.

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Until then,

Happy reading!

Daisy

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April’s Review Theme

April Editor Picks

Can you believe it’s nearly April?!

With Spring and the end of my university’s Winter term looming, I thought it time to treat myself to the many ‘to-read’ books stacked up upon my Goodreads shelf!

That’s why next month’s review theme is going to be ‘Editor Picks’, a month when I review a book chosen specifically because I’ve been putting off reading it for so long!

I’ll be posting what next month’s review material will be both here as well as on my Instagram @thatbookblogger on April 1st so make sure you follow the site to stay updated!

If you would like to make a suggestion on what you want to see me review in the future, make sure to leave a comment on my ‘Contact’ page or over on my account at Instagram!

In the meantime,

Happy reading!

Daisy

ThatBookBlog.com

WordPress: @daisythebookblogger

Instagram: @thatbookblogger

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February’s ‘Famous Figures’ Review Material Reveal

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Revealing February’s ‘Famous Figures’ review material!! To kick off the wet month of February, I will be reviewing Lucy Worsley’s ‘Jane Austen at Home’ and James Shapiro’s ‘Contested Will’, two historical and biographical accounts of two of England’s (and indeed, the world’s) most influential authors!

Worsley’s biographical account of Jane Austen’s life was published at the bi-centenary of Austen’s death, providing intricate details never before seen into Austen’s childhood and early death at 41 in 1817. The book itself was a Sunday Times Bestseller and has received monumental praise in response of it’s publication.

Likewise, Shapiro’s 2010 piece ‘Contested Will’ received much brow raising as he attempts to delve into the elusive life of Shakespeare, exploring and evaluating the evidence and possible truths of ‘the bard’s’ many conspiracies surrounding his life and work.

Voting will soon open over @thatbookblogger on Instagram where YOU can decide which one of these fabulous texts will be read, evaluated and reviewed.

Are you excited about our choices? If not, make sure you send us a recommendation!

Happy reading,

Daisy

ThatBookBlog

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