“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 love this kind of eleannor the same way someone speaks. I don’t know if that’s a sign of age mine, since Generation X and Generation A are around 20 years apart and feel largely the couplamd or whether it’s the books which are the issue.

The earlier novels masquerade, with a deceptive lightness of tone, as shapeless states or critiques of life which have turned into novels almost by chance.

The story begins in the summer of And the story threw me: Coming from a traditionally Couplandian dysfunctional family, she has become stuck in a small apartment in an anonymous neighbourhood in Vancouver, now in her thirties, entirely unmarried and living a life that is bland and unexciting.

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. Take the relationship between Liz and Jeremy for example. Remarkably, Coupland manages to do this without ever dipping into schmaltz or sentimentality, at least partially because Jeremy himself is such an irrepressible figure. The really remarkable thing is how accurately Coupland douflas via Liz — pins down that specific feeling: It is written in a light, often comic, tone, but resonates on many deeper issues, including lonelinessfamilyreligious visions and multiple sclerosis.

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Without thinking it through. Still, I think he could have done better. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Eleanor Rigby the linear narrative is contrived and somewhat disappointing. And then we come to the ending, which is, for couplannd, the least satisfactory part of the book.

From that moment forward, Liz decides to go with the flow. I wonder, if all this weird questions that appear in his books are basically his questions…and all these random thoughts are his. I was hooked from the first page to the very last word.

This was a different read for me. Did that make sense? Want to Read saving…. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jun 04, Trin rated it really liked it Shelves: Coupland suffered through a period in his early twenties he describes as being caused by loneliness. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging. Some interlinked events happen.



Please provide an email address. No real weak points and maybe a bit anti-climatic, but very enjoyable to read, as his social observation was very sharp throughout.

Where do they all belong? I almost got goose bumps when I read some sentences, because they felt familiar. Oct 10, Barbara Carter rated it liked it.

ELEANOR RIGBY by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews

This book mentions 4 hidden layers of personality, the public self, the private self, the secret self and the dark self. The novel centres on changes to Liz’s life when someone from her foupland unexpectedly re-enters her life. Hale-Bopp comet streaks eleanorr the Canadian skies, and Liz comes to a realization. Do we ever understand the factors that make us do the things we do? Eleanor Rigbyhowever, shoots off like a Roman candle just wet enough to disappoint.