“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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Coupland suffered through a period in his early twenties he describes as being caused by loneliness. Hey Nostradamus brings to life the horror of a school shooting similar to Columbine and takes a long hard look at the lives of the people left behind.

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He gives me faith. Coupland needs to abandon the quest for “quirk” and try maybe writing something effective, or at doglas memorable. I almost g Coupland’s books are so unique. Time is whimsical and cruel. This story is warm and told with humor and reality.

Just read for the 3rd time, it’s comfort food for my mind.

While I admire that the book doesn’t soft peddle this, and Coupland is an author who’s Often times when I go to the library sales, I often find something I would never read on my own and get a pleasent surprise. Follow your dreams in When he is hospitalized, Liz reconnects with her son.


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The last thirty pages almost raised the rating to three stars, but…nah. Still, overall not a bad read. She sleeps with it under her pillow to keep it close. His endings are happy endings—not for every character, and maybe not even for the main character. Which leaves me pretty much where I started: And at some point this story made my eyes wet.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It’s a “You have to decide whether you want God to be here with you as a part of your everyday life, or whether you want God to be distant from you, not returning until you’ve created a world perfect enough for Him to re-enter. The alternative is not having anything to show for your life in the end. The beauty in this story is getting into Liz’s head, and experiencing it the way she does; there are hints of the mystical, supernatural themes which often appear in Coupland’s work, but it’s less literal this time around and more aspirational.

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. 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 He is the son Liz gave up for adoption over twenty years before — the product of a class trip to Rome.


I also love the actual message that I got from it.

View all 3 comments. 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. I said, “Klaus, you’re lonely too, aren’t you?

Liz, who at the start finds the idea of becoming soil quite exciting, “moist and granular like raspberry oat muffins”, opens the novel with a discussion of restored sight.

The plot distracted me from the characters. This site uses cookies. His work to date has represented the state of young adulthood in the multi-corporate world as a fusion of brand-name nostalgia and melancholy mourning.

I kind of didn’t remember reading this. It’s a fun, light, quirky read.

The book is completely, resolutely fine. Minor spoilers in the form of quotes! Jul 25, D rated it really liked it. I then read Generation X and I enjoyed that too. Jeremy is now 20, has multiple sclerosis, and needs a place to stay. Couplanx was expecting a light, entertaining read, that I would enjoy but probably wouldn’t contemplate much after reading, based on my previous experience with Douglas Coupland years ago.