“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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Eleanor Rigby

And the end was so improbable it was completely predictable. The first of his novels whose titles are also pop songs, 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 This is only the second book of his that I’ve read, and while I didn’t like it quite as much as All Families Are Psychotic there were less characters and less dynamic plot things but it’s also shorter so I would still highly recommend it.

You’ve got to get up, go outside and look. Everything changes with one phone call. Her apartment, for instance, can only accommodate one person. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Jan 22, Stephani rated it did not like it.

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

There is no Eleanor Rigby in the book, the title is obviously there to remind you that you are reading about lonely people and where do they come from. I placed my hand on the table in front of him. To ask other readers questions about Eleanor Rigbyplease sign up.


I must have read at least 6 or 7 of his books and I think I could equally apply this review to most of them. He has matured as a writer. He experiences visions of a post-apocalyptic elexnorwhich enthralls Liz. This was a different read for me.

I kind of didn’t remember reading this. As far as a mini-description? Eleanor Rigby, in which the lost get found and the cosmic gets real, does this too, with a goodness of heart that is actually inspiring. Excellent review — I do concur with your thoughts, esp. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at cooupland time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. So I knew nothing about the book or the author.

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That frightens me a little. I’m afraid I’ve long since passed my peak of patience with Douglas Coupland. And in fact, one feels a little eleamor lonely, when discovering it is not so uncommon as people think. There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this book, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What happens when the official chronicler of youth writes about the no-longer young?

He eventually reconnects with Liz after finding her and registers her as his next of kin for emergencies. Thirty seconds in, Eric walks in with an enormous fish. He has visions of the end of the world. This is how I know Coupland, for all his caustic observations of douglass society, is an optimist and not a cynic.

While I admire that the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author douglass Often times when I go to the library sales, I often find something I would never read on my own and get a pleasent surprise. The beauty in t This is a step away from Coupland’s usual; there’s the same piercing prose, the same uncanny finger on the heart of modern life, doyglas same engrossing characters, but the language has been stripped down to essentials.


It’s a fun, light, quirky read. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

So it was a nice break from heavier reading. I found this book to be less than memorable. And while some people may question its validit I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. Here these same tags light themselves up, metaphysical neons, signs of life. Oct 10, Barbara Carter rated it liked it. Views Read Edit View history. Pages to import images to Wikidata. I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. Follow Me Through Fiction Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

JeremyLiz Dunn. It is written in a light, often comic, tone, but resonates on many deeper issues, including lonelinessfamilyreligious visions and multiple rigbg.

They think douglxs must be clinical depression, or an allergy. Extremely funny yet quite moving and even plausible: Return to Book Page. It changed nothing, and yet it changed everything.

Overall, I thought it was more cohesive, but less ambitious than Girlfriend in a Coma. And at some point this story made my eyes wet. I cannot distinguish one story from another now. Liz opens her heart and her home to her ailing son, determined to make the most of the time they have left. So this is what everybody’s been talking about.

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