“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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Jeremy is now 20, has multiple sclerosis, and needs a place to stay. Read the book, ignore the ending. I think it’s pretty genius if ever they make rigbg lil movie: Praise for Eleanor Rigby: On this trip, while drunk, she loses her virginity in Italy to a man she cannot remember.

Now, he has multiple sclerosis and is suffering from hallucinations brought on by drugs. Coming from a traditionally Couplandian dysfunctional family, she has elleanor stuck in a small apartment in an anonymous neighbourhood in Vancouver, now in her thirties, entirely unmarried and living a life that is bland and unexciting.

I then read Generation X and I enjoyed that too. Views Read Edit View history. Unique story-line and good follow-through despite a hokey plot twist at the end.


Oct 10, Barbara Carter rated it liked it. This story is so captivating and interesting and my favorite so far. Funny realism with a tiny smattering of bizarre bits thrown in there.

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Funny, unexpected elranor fragile, it deromanticises loneliness to politicise presence. I think the deeper meaning, if there was any, was lost on me. But with each passing book of his I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed them less and less. Normally I say normally, I mean every time Coupland novels tend to weave their way to a bit of a non-ending.

Some interlinked events happen. It was a fast read.

Bookslut | Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

It’s a fun, light, quirky read. Coupland’s books are so unique.

This story never really has any satisfying moments to it. And again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it should have. Apr 07, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Liz flies to Austria to meet someone she barely remembers from vouglas past, and then they fall in love.


There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this eleqnor, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well. 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.


She sleeps with it under her pillow to keep it close. Despite his awful luck in couppland foster home lottery, he somehow managed to turn out as a decent individual. Melissa McArthy was Liz in my head Eleanor Rigby the work of art is stimulating and moving.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Apr 22, Anca rated it liked it Shelves: 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 The really remarkable thing is how accurately Coupland — via Liz — pins down that specific feeling: One of my biggest problems is time sickness.