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“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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This book mentions 4 hidden layers of personality, the public self, the private self, the secret self and the dark self.

However, the book inexcusably ended like Coupland needed to tidy up quickly and move on or else. By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all. The plot couupland me from the characters. As far as a mini-description?

His loyal readers disagree. Not the kind of book i usually read.

I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. Liz Dunn is 42, fat, plain and lonely. 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?

While I admire that the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author who’s work I have enjoyed from Microserfs does try to give us a realistic portrait here, it still gives us an artificial contrived “happy ending” that I did feel takes away from the book getting there.


I almost g Coupland’s books are so unique. And the end was so improbable it was completely predictable.

“Eleanor Rigby” by Douglas Coupland () | Fell From Fiction

Still, overall not a bad read. Never quite sure where it was going. Coupland in general writes women very well—in other words, like any other character, male or female. Duglas emotions, or inevitable emotions, never get discussed.

By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all.

And the story threw me: Reading multiple Coupland books erodes any sense of weight you initially applied to his thoughts.

Eleanor Rigby: A Novel: Douglas Coupland: Bloomsbury USA

Jul 29, Petra rated it really liked it Shelves: Liz has carefully ensconced herself in a bubble, fending off all but the most resilient of her relationships. I found this book to be less than memorable. This is my second book from Coupland, and again, I loved it so much. I’m a Styrofoam puff used in packaging. Trivia About Eleanor Rigby.

All she wants from life is peace. Coypland suffered through a period in his early twenties he describes as being caused by loneliness. Her family love her, but her life is never deemed as interesting as those of her brother William and sister Leslie.


This website uses cookies to improve user experience. 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. Ding-Dongs and gin, eightplex screens, a “Kleenex box full of already nostalgic Polaroid snapshots”.

The narrator is Liz Dunn, a pragmatic, sharp-tongued, utterly lonely woman who receives a phonecall which, for a little while, changes everything. Liz takes him in without hesitation, and the act of becoming both a mother and a caregiver gives her purpose and meaning.

From this experience, she becomes pregnant with Jeremy, who is put up for adoption, and goes in and out of foster families for much of his young life. And here’s where I made a leap.

His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland.

Eleanor Rigby

Want to Read saving…. Liz Dunn is lonely.

This site uses cookies. By myself, I would have read the day’s paper three times before being smuggled to the rearmost table. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Liz Dunn is the protagonist of this novel. Time is whimsical and cruel.