Thursday, 14 June 2018



You know when you really, really loathe a book that everybody else seems to be gushing about?

And then a friend says, 'Have you read, "Eleanor Oliphant ...?"'

And you brace yourself -

And the friend says, 'Oh, I hated it!'

And you think, whew, we can still be friends.

10 comments:

Sue said...

Oh dear, does that mean we’re not friends any more Mary?

Mary said...

I'll make an exception, Sue!

Sue said...

Phew!

Mary said...

You wouldn't like our book group, Sue - we take no prisoners!

Pam said...

I didn't hate it, but I thought it was pretty unconvincing. Eleanor didn't seem consistent at all, and as for the saintly Raymond...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mary! I have almost lost count of the number of times I have had to brace myself at the words, 'Have you read Eleanor Olliphant? I loved it...'. Your post made me laugh.

Gina said...

That has happened to me at our book club when everyone else has absolutely loved a book that I felt was a waste of the paper it was printed on. I did enjoy Eleanor Oliphant though... so hope we can still be friends!

Donnafugata said...

Couldn't agree more. I have been pusillanimous in my responses - nodding and smiling and saying nothing - but now I just tell people I really didn't like it. At all. Oh the relief!!

Veronica Cooke said...

I loved it although I know it seem a bit contrived. I hope we may remain friends?

My best friend and of 50+ years disagree about 'Pride and Prejudice'. It's her favourite book and she rereads it yearly. We did it at school and I hated it. I had a row with my English teacher about it saying it was all about posh people and the need to get married. I'm older and wiser now but I still haven't read it again. It's on my list though...

Mary said...

Not if you don't love P&P, Veronica! (I have a very academic friend who refuses to read it!)

I think what I dislike about 'women's books' like Eleanor O is that feeling of being emotionally manipulated - I don't do 'heart-warming' if I see it coming! Mind you, I should have known better - a plug on the cover from Jo-Jo Moyes is hardly a recommendation.