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“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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I read this in the late s, at the point when I was entering my late 20s and not feeling much affinity with the generation that was supposed to define me. Still, I think he could have done better. As for Eleanor Rigby, it’s just pointless. His previous novel Hey Nostradamus! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Email required Address never made public.

He has matured as a writer. You are not alone. Views Read Edit View history. Except the one about the giraffe and the brothel for ghosts.

Coupland heard the song “on a friend’s mother’s record player. To view it, click here. Eleanor Rigby is the story of Liz Dunn, self-professed loneliest souglas in the world. This is how I know Coupland, for all his caustic observations of modern society, is an optimist and couppland a cynic. There is no happily ever after for these two, and Liz must face the fact that their reunion will be short-lived and complicated.

couupland Jul 22, Venessa rated it it was amazing. And if I look back on my past, I wreck that too, by concentrating on all the things I did wrong. I appreciate melancholy as much as the next cemetery tourist, but Dunn’s goth stylings on every other page ended up making me laugh or groan. View all 7 comments. Loneliness is something no one wants to admit to and it’s scary and sad to think of a person’s life slipping away couplabd after year with nothing to look forward to and no one to share happiness with.


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She sees no other way through life. Do we ever understand the factors that make us do the things we do? As a teenager, Liz goes on a trip to Europe, her one big expressive moment. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Bookslut | Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Her family love her, but her life is never deemed as interesting as those of her brother William and sister Leslie. He is the son Liz gave up for adoption over twenty years before — the product of a class trip to Rome.

Often times when I go dougla the library sales, I often find something I would never read on my own and get a pleasent surprise. It was a fast read. The beauty in this story is getting into Liz’s head, and experiencing it the way she does; there are hints of the mystical, supernatural themes which often appear in Coupland’s work, but it’s less literal this time around and more aspirational.

I’m a napkin at McDonald’s. 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 No matter how hard you try to pretend otherwise, you still want them to like you.


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. Liz flies to Austria to meet someone she barely remembers from her past, and then they fall in love. Douglxs all 8 comments.

And then we come to the ending, which is, for me, the least satisfactory part of the book. A young man has turned up in the local hospital elesnor an id bracelet with her name and phone number inscribed on it.

She’s listed as the next-of-kin contact on someone she’s never heard of.

Aug 13, Michael Conland rated it it was ok. I loved this book. Liz immediately assumes responsibility for his care, then slowly begins to recall the events of that long-ago summer in Rome. So I knew nothing about the book or the author. Return to Book Page. And while some people may question its validit I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. Extremely funny yet quite moving and even plausible: Apr 22, Anca rated it liked it Shelves: They think it doug,as be clinical depression, or an allergy.