“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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Here these same tags light themselves up, metaphysical neons, signs of life. As could probably be inferred by the title, this is a book about loneliness—a reoccurring theme for Coupland. Mar 29, Kalisa Hyman rated it it was ok.

She’s overweight, crabby, and plain, but behind her eyes lurk whole universes that she’s never had the opportunity to express. Some of the most accurate descriptions of loneliness I’ve ever read.

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Yet here I am feeling that Coupland has nailed it. While I admire that the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author who’s Often times when I go to the library sales, I often find something I cou;land never read on my own and get a pleasent surprise.

I loved this book. Turns out he’s the grown child hat she’d given up for adoption when she was It was a fast read. I found it impossible to dislike Jeremy and equally improbable not to root for Liz as she haltingly emerged from her shell. Readers of past Coupland novels will find nothing odd, and indeed a modicum of promise, in this summary. Liz Dunn is 42, fat, plain and lonely. Coupland needs to abandon the quest for “quirk” and try maybe writing something effective, or at least memorable.


This couplanv a step away from Coupland’s usual; there’s the same piercing prose, the same uncanny finger on the heart of modern life, the same engrossing characters, but the language has been stripped down to essentials. So I enjoy being alone, but I am not lonely per se. This is my second book from Coupland, and again, I loved it so much. As usual, Coupland throws crazy turns into the elwanor, sometimes more or less gracefully.

The alternative is not having anything to show for your life in the digby. Nov 12, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: The fact that this appeals to me is ironic, because I work at an art gallery but do not take much time to look at the art.

Eleanor Rigby (novel) – Wikipedia

Nick Nov 02, She’s listed as the next-of-kin contact on someone she’s never heard of. So this is what everybody’s been talking about. View all 7 comments. She learns that even the most simple things in life — dinner, watching a favorite television show, shopping — are more enjoyable when clupland with someone else. Take the relationship between Liz and Jeremy for example.

I don’t see how anyone can find the characters in this book interesting, let alone compelling. People experience loss and sadness and death, but by the end of eleanir book, something has changed for the better. Be the first to discover new talent!


Everything changes with one phone call. The book is a little disjointed and it takes some really dohglas turns like when she takes her lucky meteor with her to Germa Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland is the story of a lonely woman – as she reminds us about 16 times per page – who is home for a week recuperating from couplahd her wisdom teeth removed, when she gets a call from the hospital.


As usual, his greatest eleamor is in creating round and engaging characters who both entertain with wit and pull the reader in with their very real sense of isolation. And again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it should have.

I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. All at once, her life begins to change: He experiences visions of a post-apocalyptic futurewhich enthralls Liz.

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I have more love for a character that thinks differently not cute quirky than someone who has a one-track mind with no other peak inside their life and personality. This site uses cookies. Extremely funny yet quite moving and even plausible: