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“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. By: Douglas Coupland Media of Eleanor Rigby By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways.

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Everything shocks and nothing brings solace. Eleanog 11, Rachel rated it it was ok. As for Eleanor Rigby, it’s just pointless. She’s listed as the next-of-kin contact on someone she’s never heard of.

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

You are commenting using your Facebook account. She returns to her tomblike condo at night and, well, thinks some more. Eleanor Rigby, his latest novel, has the recognisable Coupland narrative voice; gently banal, slightly numbed-out, a discursive first person trying to make sense of a surreal world.

Thirty seconds in, Eric walks in with an enormous fish. He envisions a future where crops have gone foul and farmers ask a divine voice for guidance. Funny realism with a tiny smattering of bizarre bits thrown in there. Sometimes truth is stranger then fiction anyway, right? Jul 14, Sophia rated it really liked it Shelves: These problems engulf her much as Eleanor Rigby’s problems did her.

Paul McCartney wrote about a spinster, not a spastic. He has matured as a writer. And I’m apparently not in the mood for writing a long review today, so I’m just going to show you my bookmarks–there are like fifteen of them She learns that even the most simple things in life — dinner, watching a favorite television show, shopping — are more enjoyable when shared with someone else. Retrieved from ” https: Coupland has a way of taking a very thought about scenario and making it seem fresh and authentic.


She is an overweight, lonely woman, who lives a removed solitary existence. I couppland know if that’s a sign of age mine, since Generation X and Generation A are around 20 years dokglas and feel largely the same or whether it’s the books which are the issue.

I could relate to the loneliness aspect of the book as I’m going through a particularly painful adjustment period in my life, feeling like I am starting over again in my thirties which I am finding harder to face and cope with as I get older.

Review: Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland | Books | The Guardian

Loneliness is something no one wants to admit to and it’s scary and sad to think of a person’s life slipping away year after year with nothing to look forward to and no one to share happiness with.

Aside from a bit of weirdness involving some radioactive material and a German prison, this is actual I loved this one. Mar 29, Kalisa Hyman rated it it was ok. The first of his I read was Jpod and I still enjoy that.

Eleanor Rigby

Normally I say normally, I mean every time Coupland novels tend to weave their way to a bit of a non-ending. But as I say, this book never clicked with me in the way I thought it should. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging. Negative emotions, or inevitable emotions, never get discussed. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Except the one about the giraffe and the brothel for ghosts. I have more love for a character that thinks differently not cute quirky than someone who has a one-track mind with no other peak inside their life and personality.


Liz flies to Austria to meet someone she barely remembers from her dogulas, and then they fall in love.

From this experience, she becomes pregnant with Jeremy, who is put up for adoption, and goes in and out of foster families for much of his young life.

Douglas Coupland is a novelist who also works in visual arts and theater. This site uses cookies. The narrator, Liz Dunn, is the type of anonymous, forgotten woman described in the Beatles’ song, wonderfully fleshed out—I found her incredibly believable and moving.

There is no doiglas ever after for these two, and Liz must face the fact that their reunion will be short-lived and complicated.

It’s also a great fear of mine and most people probably. The thing is, I find now that most of the characters are interchangeable. Take the relationship between Liz and Jeremy for example.

All she wants from douglss is peace. Melissa McArthy was Liz in my head Liz has carefully ensconced herself in a bubble, fending off all but the most resilient of her relationships.