“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. By: Douglas Coupland Media of Eleanor Rigby By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways.

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As usual, his greatest strength is in creating round and engaging characters who both entertain with wit and pull the reader in with their very real sense of isolation.

Eleanor Rigby: A Novel: Douglas Coupland: Bloomsbury USA

As far as a mini-description? By myself, I would have read the day’s paper three times before being smuggled to the rearmost table. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

His work is by turns haunting, funny, heartbreaking and irreverent. Klaus sat there looking at the tabletop, shiny, reflecting all those pretty little white lights. It’s tragic and also very real. He is 20, funny, difficult, vibrant, and he has progressive MS; “for the sake of brevity I’ll say that, just like Rome, MS has many websites”. When Jeremy dies, Liz is devastated. A charming lost soul and a strange visionary, Jeremy upends Liz’s quiet existence, triggering a chain of events that take her to the other side of the world and back, endangering her life just as a real chance at happiness finally seems within reach.


Apr 07, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Jeremy has multiple sclerosis. What happens when the official chronicler of youth writes about the no-longer young? All the lonely people—where do they all come from? This story is so captivating and interesting and my favorite so far.

And again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it should have. The first of his novels whose titles are also pop songs, Girlfriend in a Comawas 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 could kill you and ” ‘meaning’ had vanished Extremely funny yet quite moving and even plausible: She heads for home with a lighter heart and absolutely no idea that her world is about to turn upside down.

As could probably be inferred by the title, this is a book about loneliness—a reoccurring theme for Coupland. No more trying to control everything.

Eleanor Rigby

I guess this isn’t so much a review of Eleanor Rigby, as it is a review of anything I’ve read by him. I mean seriously, the woman is called to the hospital to see the son she’s never met, goes home to clean house and then joins him to crawl on the side of the freeway before bringing him home to make some eggs?

There is no happily ever after for these two, and Liz must face the fact that their reunion will be short-lived and complicated. The author did a splendid job on describing loneliness but I don’t know what to make of this story otherwise.

Review: Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland | Books | The Guardian

And here’s where I made a leap. Email required Address never made public.


Had the book been longer I might have given up. I said, “Klaus, you’re lonely too, aren’t you? By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fas Eleanor 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. cou;land

Funny realism with a tiny smattering of bizarre bits thrown in there. I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. She is an overweight, lonely woman, who lives a removed solitary existence.

She learns that even the most simple things in life — dinner, watching a favorite television show, shopping — are more enjoyable when shared with someone else. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

And even these are routine, predictable affairs: This particular book, very much about the alteration of vision, is a pivotal gigby for Coupland. They’re just so similar in so many ways. Liz has carefully ensconced herself in a bubble, fending off all but the most resilient of her relationships.

View all 8 comments. And in fact, one feels a little less lonely, when discovering it is not so uncommon as people think.

All she wants from life is Liz Dunn couplwnd lonely. Two distinct plot movements are separated by a break in the narrative flow. This story never really has any satisfying moments to it.