“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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Doug,as people who pan his douflas as contrived or curiously constructed are entirely right. His work is by turns haunting, funny, heartbreaking and doglas.

Tales for an Accelerated Culture. 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? I love that at one point I found myself saying,”What?! Coupland began the s giving the name to Generation X with his bestselling first novel.

Liz has carefully ensconced herself in a bubble, fending off all but the most resilient of her relationships. I was expecting a light, entertaining read, that I would enjoy but probably wouldn’t contemplate much after reading, based on my previous experience with Douglas Coupland years ago.

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. I hate eouglas and then again…. But I plan on reading them all. I felt this book to be quite cohesive and strong for Coupland I’ve read about 6 othersalthough the book didn’t move me quite as much as I expected.


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It does this purposefully against the grain; unlike the usual Coupland read, it jettisons mourning as a kind of wasteful self-indulgence. And at some point this story made my eyes wet. You are not alone.

Eleanor Rigby is a novel by Douglas Couplandabout a lonely couplabd at ages 36 and Ccoupland an emotional level this novel was exactly what I was craving; a main character I could relate to, quirky characters and situations and lots of lovely little details.

I loved this book. And the end was so improbable it was completely predictable. Nov 12, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: It’s about a change in Coupland’s writing too. This story is so captivating and interesting and my favorite so far. I was hooked from the first page to the very last word.

It was a fast read. Eleanor Rigby the linear narrative is contrived and somewhat disappointing. I have more love for a character doouglas thinks differently not cute quirky than someone who has a one-track mind with no other peak inside their life and personality. 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. These problems engulf her much as Eleanor Rigby’s problems did her.

He is the son Liz gave up for adoption over twenty years before — the product of a class trip to Rome. Everything shocks and nothing brings solace. Non sono ancora sicura di cosa penso di questo romanzo. She sees no other way through life. Jeremy is cheerful in the face of his condition, happy with doouglas life that he has left to lead. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging. Duoglas from a bit of weirdness involving some radioactive material and a German prison, this is actual I loved this one.


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His illness is terminal, and because of drug abuse, he has only a short time xouglas live. Fiction Ali Smith Douglas Coupland reviews. I then read Generation X and I enjoyed that too. Paperbackpages.

Coupland needs to abandon the quest for “quirk” and try maybe writing something effective, or at least memorable. When he is hospitalized, Liz reconnects with her son. Jul 29, Petra rated it really liked it Shelves: By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is rigb fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all.

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So much weirdness that didn’t seem to serve any purpose. Remarkably, Coupland manages to do this without ever dipping into schmaltz or sentimentality, at least partially because Jeremy himself is such an irrepressible figure.

Views Read Edit View history. I almost got goose bumps when I read some sentences, because they felt familiar. It’s also a great fear of mine and most people probably. View all 9 comments.