“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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This site uses cookies. Liz opens her heart and her home to her ailing son, determined to make the most of the time they have left. Jul 22, Venessa rated it it was amazing. The alternative is not having anything to show for your life in the end. What Coupland reveals in this novel is that loneliness can take many shapes and forms within people, that beautiful people can also be lonely, as well as those who are so bizarre they naturally draw others to them.

While I admire that the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author who’s work I have enjoyed from Microserfs does try to give us a realistic portrait here, it still gives us an artificial contrived “happy ending” that I did feel takes away from the book getting there. I almost got goose bumps when I read some sentences, because they felt familiar. I hate this and then again….

I find it interesting that there is never any tension between these two. If I just want to hear about a girls infatuation with some guy I can go to a Justin Beiber concert, am I right?


Even though the content was serious, it just felt silly. I don’t see how anyone can find the characters in this book interesting, let alone compelling. Coupland, why on Earth did I ever stop reading your books?! This book mentions 4 hidden layers of personality, the public self, the private self, the secret self and the dark self.

Here these same tags light themselves up, metaphysical neons, signs of life. His references to things, places and events work together to create an incredibly strong sense of time and place. Had the book been longer I might have given up. It manifests itself in the usual way—lump in the throat, shaky hands. They think it must be clinical depression, or an allergy.

When Jeremy dies, Liz is devastated. They’re just so similar in so many ways. A more doiglas reading reveals an utterly integrated doglas impossibly lightly held fable of blindness and vision.

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

You’ve got to get up, go outside and look. She sleeps with it under her pillow to keep it close. It was a fast read. Coupland in general writes women very well—in other words, like any other character, male or female. I feel like Bukowski and Coupland are 2 authors who go so well together, if I read one, I need to read the other soon after.

It was another easy read which is couplnd fine with me since my brain is too tired nowadays too follow anything more complicated. His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of And while some people may question its validit I cupland not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. In case of emergency, contact Liz Dunn.


Propped up by courage gleaned from her experience with Jeremy, Liz travels to Vienna to face her past and finally finds hope for the future. On this trip, while drunk, she loses her virginity in Italy to a man she cannot remember. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging.

Eleanor Rigby

I kind of didn’t remember reading this. Coupland began the s giving the name to Generation X with his bestselling first novel. Liz finds a meteorite that she takes to be a very precious object. Michael J Ritchie General Fiction canadadeathdouglas couplandillnesslonelinessmagic realism 2 Comments.

There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this book, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well. Apr 22, Anca rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 25, D rated it really liked it. Apr 07, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

This is how I know Coupland, for all his caustic observations of modern society, is an optimist and not a cynic.

Funny, unexpected and fragile, it deromanticises loneliness to politicise presence. The book’s not like that, of course, but it’s the mood and the way Liz describes herself.

By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all.