“Coupland writes a sparkling sentence and a mean epigram.”—Entertainment Weekly “Coupland has crafted a formidable pop style that hooks up dead-on. Liz Dunn is fat, lonely and has no friends. That sounds harsh, but Coupland faces unpleasant facts head on in this poignant, funny, intrepidly offbeat new novel. Emily Nussbaum reviews book Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland; drawing (M ).

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Just as Liz makes a quiet decision to seek peace in her life rather than certainty, along comes another comet, in the form of a young man admitted to the local hospital with her name and number inscribed on eleanir Medic Alert bracelet: While I admire doglas the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author who’s work I have enjoyed from Microserfs does try to give us a realistic portrait here, it still gives us an artificial contrived “happy ending” that I did feel takes away from the book getting there.

His novels generally give unexpected spirit a voice and pit nuclear paranoia and corporate apocalypse against a stunned instinct for kindness. By myself, I would have read the day’s paper three times before being smuggled to the rearmost table.

Sometimes truth is stranger then fiction anyway, right? However, I’d say pick three of his and leave it at that. Whatever answer your searching for wont find you inside the four walls of your house. This ccoupland has been hidden doglas it contains spoilers.

When I feel lonely, I assume that the mood will never pass–that I’ll feel lonely and bad for the rest of my life, which means that I’ve wrecked both the present and the future. As far as a mini-description? Not the kind of book douglass usually read. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.


Do you ever feel like the Tin Man? The brutal thing about time sickness is that naming it is no cure. And in fact, one All the lonely people—where do they douhlas come from?

Excellent review — I do concur with your thoughts, esp. He is 20, funny, difficult, vibrant, and he has progressive MS; “for the sake of brevity I’ll say that, just like Rome, MS has many websites”.

Bookslut | Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

The book is a little disjointed and it takes some really odd turns like when she takes her lucky meteor with her to Germa Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland is the story of a lonely woman – as she reminds us about 16 times per page – who is home for a week recuperating from having her wisdom teeth removed, when she gets a call from the hospital.

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His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of The book’s not like that, of course, but it’s the mood and the way Liz describes herself. The first of his novels whose titles are also pop douuglas, Girlfriend in a Comawas an end-of-the-world vision; its heroine Karen fell into a teenage coma in the late 70s after seeing visions of a future where the cars were different, sex could kill you and ” ‘meaning’ had vanished Her constant contemplation of death grows tiresome:.

The night that Hale-Bopp streaks across the skies eleano Vancouver, Liz Dunn has nothing in her life but impending oral surgery and an armful of schmaltzy video rentals to get her through her solitary convalescence in her sterile condo. So much weirdness that didn’t seem to serve any purpose. An attempt will be remade in a dojglas minutes. At a cursory look this book risks whimsy, seems a rather slender story about a middle-aged woman finding herself.


As usual, his cohpland strength is in creating round and engaging characters who both entertain with wit and pull the reader in with their very real sense of isolation.

This was no matter to me as I was enjoying it.

Eleanor Rigby

Or as Jeremy said, “Well, at least when you sing it backwards, it’s one day closer to being born. For a kid who had a rather rough time of it in foster homes, he seems to be largely untroubled. View all 3 comments. When he is hospitalized, Liz reconnects with her son. She admits it and waits for death. Eleanor Rigby the work of art is stimulating and moving.

As usual, Coupland throws crazy turns into the plot, sometimes more or less gracefully. But as I say, this book never clicked with me in the way I thought it should. I picked this book up used, it’s dust jacket missing.

Eleanor Rigby still makes the ride amusing. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Aug 30, Heather rated it really liked it. When Jeremy dies, Liz is devastated.

I too am a solitary person; I tend to prefer the company of a good book and its characters to the company of good people.

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