“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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He has matured as a writer.

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. Those twists keep the pages turning even when the characters grow dreary, and therefore I’ll spoil them as little as possible.

Jun 04, Trin rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a more than adequate book. Her constant contemplation of death grows tiresome:. Coupand all 8 comments. Jul 25, D rated it really liked it.

She admits it and waits for death. The brutal thing about time sickness is that naming it is no cure.


Alone in your condo, your chances are zip. This was no matter to me as I was enjoying it. Views Read Edit View history. Feb 12, Neja rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first of his novels whose titles are also pop songs, Girlfriend in a Doug,aswas an end-of-the-world vision; its heroine Karen fell into a teenage coma in the late 70s after seeing visions of a future where the cars were different, sex douglxs kill you and ” ‘meaning’ had vanished I hate this and then again….


Ciupland knew, and I knew. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Negative emotions, or inevitable emotions, never get discussed. Try something new, something you’re scared to do, just because. This particular book, very much about the alteration of vision, is a pivotal novel for Coupland. The plot distracted me from the characters. I almost got goose bumps when Elsanor read some sentences, because they felt familiar.

Dunn’s dark musings on human nature can be compelling. What did I think? After Eleanor Rigbythough, I revise that assessment. Excellent review — I do concur with your thoughts, esp. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I think this is my second Coupland book and it was a good read. All the little observational notes resonate, just as you’d expect from Coupland, but there are no great gems worthy of hanging up on the wall, as in eleanoe other work.

Couplznd 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. Funny realism with a couland smattering of bizarre bits thrown in there.

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I don’t know whether Coupland has it in him to find a novel novel schema, but Eleanor Rigby ‘s dry well makes me hope he does. Trivia About Eleanor Rigby. Jeremy has multiple sclerosis. 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.

I love that at one point I found myself saying,”What?! One of my biggest problems is time sickness. Everything changes with one phone call. Once you’re past thirty you lose that ability; instead of feeling sorry for yourself you turn bitter. 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. In other words, what happens when Douglas Coupland hits middle age?


Without thinking it through. There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this book, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well. But she does it all with as little fuss as possible and manages to make her way to a happy end. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. This was a different read for me.

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The novel is written as a first-person narrative by the main character, Liz Dunn. She heads for home with a lighter heart and absolutely no idea that her world is about to turn upside down. Feb 20, Erin rated it it was amazing. I guess this isn’t so much a review of Eleanor Rigby, as it is a review of anything I’ve elsanor by him.

I think it’s pretty genius if ever they make a lil movie: Except the one about the giraffe and the brothel for ghosts. Apr 07, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: No more trying to control everything.