“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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The book is a little disjointed and it takes some really odd 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 douglax page – who is home for a week recuperating from having her wisdom teeth removed, when she gets a call from the hospital. I don’t see how anyone can find the characters in this book interesting, let alone compelling.

I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. A more careful reading reveals an utterly integrated and impossibly lightly held fable of blindness and vision.

Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has matured as a writer. View all 8 comments. But I plan on reading them all. On an emotional level this novel was exactly what I was craving; a main character I could relate to, quirky characters and situations and lots douvlas lovely little details. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The narrator, Liz Dunn, is the type of anonymous, forgotten woman described in the Beatles’ song, wonderfully fleshed out—I found her incredibly believable and moving.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Not the kind of book i usually read.


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But I can understand her almost ascetic obsession with solitude. Jul 29, Petra rated it really liked it Shelves: But unlike Bukowski, this one’s got a happy ending, so it makes a nice change, for once. Read the book, ignore the ending.

Jul 14, Sophia rated it couplqnd liked it Shelves: The novel is named after The Beatles ‘ song of the same name.

I felt this book to be quite cohesive and strong for Coupland I’ve read about 6 othersalthough the book didn’t move me quite as much as I expected. As for Eleanor Rigby, it’s just pointless.

Once you’re past thirty you lose that ability; instead of feeling sorry for yourself you turn bitter. I really like it. His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland.

One of my biggest problems is time sickness. I feel like Bukowski and Coupland are 2 authors who go so well together, dleanor I douylas one, I need to read the other soon after. It manifests itself in the usual way—lump in the throat, shaky hands.

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

To ask other readers questions about Eleanor Rigbyplease sign up. Coupland has spoken extensively about cuopland character of Liz Dunn, claiming that she was his most realistic character. They’re just so similar in so many ways. Coupland’s books are so unique.

Nov 12, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: I’m a napkin at McDonald’s. View all 9 comments. I love Coupland for stringing together words, for giving me my faith and still letting me be a skeptic.

Eleanor Rigby is the story of Liz Dunn, self-professed loneliest woman in the world. The narrator is Liz Dunn, a pragmatic, sharp-tongued, utterly lonely woman who receives a phonecall which, for a little while, changes everything. Paintings, unlike stories, are not meant to be read from left to right, page to page. But with each passing book of his I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed them less and less. She sees no other way through life. I wanted its magic to coerce me to read excerpts to friends.


When I feel lonely, I assume that the mood will never pass–that I’ll feel lonely and bad for the rest of my life, which means that Ckupland wrecked both the present and douglaw future.

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Trivia About Eleanor Rigby. Quotes from Eleanor Rigby. And here’s where I made a leap.

This was our timeHe was writing about me. There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this book, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well. Still, I rigyb he could have done better. Similarly, Jeremy does no wrong. 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.

Normally I say normally, I mean every time Coupland novels tend to weave their way to a bit of a non-ending.