“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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He has traveled through the foster-care system of British Columbia, residing with many families who abused him.

It is written in a light, often comic, tone, voupland resonates on many deeper issues, including lonelinessfamilyreligious visions and multiple sclerosis. You’ve got to get up, go outside and look. Alone in your condo, your chances are zip.

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But I plan on reading them all. Praise for Eleanor Rigby: Everything shocks and nothing brings solace. I’d still dohglas Jpod and Generation X to people who haven’t touched anything by him.

When he is hospitalized, Liz reconnects with her son.

Trivia About Eleanor Rigby. This was a different read for me.

Eleanor Rigby

I’ve read three so far and I just have a feeling, that all his books are so out of the ordinary. I do remember thinking, really? Don’t give up before you’ve even tried. I feel like Bukowski coulpand Coupland are 2 authors who go so well together, if I read one, I need to read the other soon after. This was our timeHe was eleanog about me. Thirty seconds in, Eric walks in with an enormous fish.

I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. Jeremy has multiple sclerosis. As are the plot lines. It was like watching the seconds tick by until, as Jeremy and Pink Floyd both pointed out to me, I was shorter of breath and one day closer to death. Jeremy is now 20, has multiple sclerosis, and needs a place to stay. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. The night that Hale-Bopp streaks across the skies over Vancouver, Liz Dunn has nothing in her life but impending ekeanor surgery and an armful of schmaltzy video rentals to get her through her solitary convalescence in her sterile condo.

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Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

I was hooked from the first page to the very last word. Initially, Coupland’s novels seem witty, irreverent and somehow holding a deeper meaning in amongst the pseudo spiritual Armageddon scenarios he’s been selling for years. The earlier novels masquerade, with a deceptive lightness of tone, as shapeless states or critiques of life which have turned into novels almost by chance. I’ve heard it before but this said it differently and I appreciate that. His work to date has represented the state of young adulthood in the multi-corporate world as a fusion of brand-name nostalgia and melancholy mourning.

In other words, what happens when Douglas Coupland hits middle age? Normally I say normally, I mean every time Coupland novels tend to weave their way to a bit of a non-ending. It has worked for fans of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Pick it up if you like to read modern-day fiction novels. A more careful reading reveals an utterly integrated and impossibly lightly held fable of blindness and vision. I no longer believe that they are as smart as they believe they are. Hey Nostradamus brings to life the horror of a school shooting similar to Columbine and takes a long hard look at the lives of the people left behind. I remember being inspired by Generation X and feeling like I was a piece of living history.

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. She returns to her tomblike condo at night and, well, thinks some more. The book is a little disjointed and it takes some really odd turns like when she takes her lucky meteor with her to Germany and shuts down the entire airport.


Is this the way it has to be with loneliness? Jul 25, D rated it really liked it. While I admire that the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author who’s 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. I mean seriously, the woman is called to the hospital to see the son she’s never met, goes home to clean house and then joins him to crawl on the side of the freeway before bringing him home to make some eggs?

Had the book been longer I might have given up. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. But somehow, despite the feeling that I knew Liz, her story was entertaining without really hitting home. I picked this book up used, it’s dust jacket missing. Eleanor Rigby is the story of Liz, a self-described drab, overweight, crabby, and friendless middle-aged woman, and her unlikely reunion with the charming and strange son she gave up for adoption.

While I’ve always loved his dense, allusion-filled writing, it’s equally enjoyable to see him strive for a cleaner style.

No real weak points and maybe douglaa bit anti-climatic, but very enjoyable to read, as his social observation was very sharp throughout. Funny realism with a tiny smattering of bizarre bits thrown in there. 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, the same engrossing characters, but the language has been stripped down to essentials.

By myself, I would have read the day’s paper three times before being eleaanor to the rearmost table.

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