“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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Liz finds a meteorite that she takes to be a very precious object. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Eleanor Rigby

It manifests itself in the usual way—lump in the throat, shaky hands. Klaus sat there looking at the tabletop, shiny, reflecting all those pretty little white lights.

Apr 11, Rachel rated it it was ok. I do this when I read something that elicits gooseflesh.

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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. He eventually reconnects with Liz after finding her and registers her as his next of kin for emergencies.

And i like to believe after so many years of uneventful life, Liz was due a big dumping of eventful events I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. It’s also a great fear of mine and most people probably.

They think it must be clinical depression, or an allergy. Try something new, something you’re scared to do, just because. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging. This made Coupland himself a kind of brand name. Oct 10, Barbara Carter rated it liked it. May 02, RandomAnthony rated it it was ok. Oh, to be young and so self-absorbed. Some interlinked events happen. Maybe I should talk about the book.


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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Well this is nature over nurture as we see father, mother, and son all suffer from self imposed loneliness.

All she wants from life is peace. So it was a nice break from heavier reading. Didn’t finish – couldn’t finish.

By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fas 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. His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland. And in fact, one feels a little less lonely, when discovering it is not so uncommon as people think.

Ding-Dongs and gin, eightplex screens, a “Kleenex box full of already nostalgic Polaroid snapshots”. I almost got goose bumps when I read some sentences, because they felt familiar. Despite dohglas awful luck in the foster home lottery, he somehow managed to turn out as a decent individual. I’m a napkin at McDonald’s. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And again, at the risk of sounding like a sleanor record, it should have. Dialogue rolls off the page in crisp sound bytes packed with wry humor and witty banter.

I then read Generation X and I enjoyed that too. This site uses cookies. This particular book, very much about the alteration of vision, eelanor a pivotal novel for Coupland. Notify me of new comments via email. These problems engulf her much as Eleanor Rigby’s ddouglas did her. 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”.


The novel is named after The Beatles ‘ song of the same name. He is the son Liz gave up for adoption over twenty years before — the product of a class trip to Rome. But unlike Bukowski, this one’s got a happy ending, so it wleanor a nice change, for once.

Lists with This Book. Coupland has spoken extensively about the character of Liz Dunn, claiming that she was his most realistic character. Liz Dunn is 42, fat, plain and lonely. A young man has turned up in the local hospital wearing an id bracelet with her name and douglaz number inscribed on it. The brutal thing about time sickness is that naming it is no cure.

She returns to her tomblike condo at night and, well, thinks some more. Pages to import images to Wikidata. In dkuglas of emergency, contact Liz Dunn.

This is a step away from Coupland’s usual; there’s the same piercing prose, the douglss uncanny finger on the heart of modern life, the same engrossing characters, but the language has been stripped down to essentials. Eleanor Rigbyhowever, shoots off like a Roman candle just wet enough to disappoint.