“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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No matter how hard you try to pretend otherwise, you still want them to like you. I said, “Klaus–” He said, “Yes,” but didn’t look up at me. Quotes from Eleanor Rigby.

By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration ciupland the ways in which loneliness affects us all. In his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. I’ve heard it before but this said it differently and I appreciate that. Even though Eleanor Rigby has the same form as Coupland’s previous works — quirky, flawed narrator in or from the Pacific Northwest searches for God despite or because of a nutty family — the substance of the novel isn’t up to par.

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Liz was pretty strange but aren’t we all sometimes? 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 his other work. The events that follow are funny, touching, sad, uplifting and warm. Jul 29, Petra rated it really liked it Shelves: It was like watching the seconds tick by until, as Jeremy and Pink Floyd both pointed out to me, I was shorter of breath and one day closer to death.


Aug 13, Michael Conland rated it it was ok. Nov 17, Elaine rated it really liked it. Reading multiple Coupland books erodes any sense of weight you initially applied to his thoughts.

To ask other readers questions about Eleanor Rigbyplease sign up. He grew up and lives in Vancouver, Canada. Polaroids from the Dead Lara’s Book: Just laying it all out in the open.

Jun 18, Rob rated it liked it. Coupland began the s giving the name to Generation X with his bestselling first novel. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He looked in my eyes, and that’s when we fell in love. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging. It’s tragic and also very real. When he is hospitalized, Liz reconnects with her son. I don’t know how to review books. We are a wretched, shallow species.

ELEANOR RIGBY by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews

I hate this and then again…. Those twists keep the pages turning even when the characters grow dreary, and therefore I’ll spoil them as little as possible. I do this when I read something that elicits gooseflesh.

It’s a fun, light, quirky read. The book’s not like that, of course, but it’s the mood and the way Liz describes herself. He has a unique perspective. 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. Sometimes truth is stranger then fiction anyway, right?


A multiple sclerosis patient has supernatural visions and helps tough but lonely Liz Dunn, the eponymous Eleanor Rigby, get over her deathwish.


And if I douuglas back on my past, I wreck that too, by concentrating on all the things I did wrong. However, the book inexcusably ended like Coupland needed to tidy up quickly and move on or else. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Never quite sure where it was going.

The narrator is Liz Dunn, a pragmatic, sharp-tongued, utterly lonely woman who receives a phonecall which, for a little while, changes everything.

Eleanor Rigby

I loved this book. This story never really has any satisfying moments to it. Nov 12, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Paul McCartney wrote about a spinster, not a spastic. It entertains and edifies on MS, at least and splashes some cute phrases about. In front of me is a piece of notebook paper with page numbers and quotes scribbled all over it. Well this is nature over nurture as we see father, mother, and son all suffer from self imposed loneliness.

Liz Dunn is the protagonist of this novel. From that moment forward, Liz decides to go with the flow.

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