“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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Just laying it all out in the open. And while some people may question its validit I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most douglsa of your attention and highlight them cou;land our Pro Connect email alert. 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. And in fact, one feels a little less lonely, when discovering it is not so uncommon as people think.
He envisions a future where crops have gone foul and farmers ask a divine voice for guidance. All the little observational notes resonate, just as you’d expect from Coupland, but there are no great gems worthy of hanging up on douhlas wall, as in his other work. Dec 14, Sara rated it it was ok.
Nel complesso una storia di evoluzione personale che nonostante la trama e il finale riesce ad evitare del tutto la svenevolezza grazie ad una profondissima e dolentissima tristezza che risulta piuttosto affascinante. I love Coupland for stringing together eeanor, for giving me my faith and still letting me be a skeptic.
Eleanor Rigby is a novel by Douglas Couplandabout a lonely woman at ages 36 and cou;land Despite his awful luck in the foster home lottery, he somehow managed to turn out as a decent individual.
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Read any more and you’ll ruin it for yourself. Liz finds a meteorite that she takes to be a very precious object. I re-read the last pages, thinking maybe I’d fallen asleep and missed a transformation of events; I hadn’t.
The inspiration for Eleanor Rigby was loneliness. 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. 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.
It’s tragic and also very real. Coupland began the s giving the name to Generation X with his bestselling first novel. I do this when I read something that elicits gooseflesh. Follow Me Through Fiction Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He gives me faith.
Go after whatever you want. I must have read at least 6 or 7 of his books and I think I could equally apply this review to most of them. Reading multiple Coupland books erodes any sense of weight you initially applied to his thoughts. All she wants from life is Liz Dunn is lonely. Where do they all belong? You’ve got to get up, go outside and look. This book mentions 4 hidden layers of personality, the public self, the private self, the secret self and the dark self.
Books by Douglas Coupland. This is one of those times. She’s overweight, crabby, and plain, but behind her eyes lurk whole universes that she’s never had the opportunity to express.
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Did that make sense? The first part of the novel involves two retellings: The brutal thing about time sickness is that naming it is no cure. The plot distracted me from the characters.
Didn’t finish – couldn’t finish.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She admits it and waits for death. Rigbyy 20, Erin rated it it was amazing. In front of me is a piece of notebook paper with page numbers and quotes scribbled all over cpupland. 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?
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This is my second book from Coupland, and again, I loved it so much. Apr 22, Anca rated it liked dougkas Shelves: This sounds macabre, but how many of us quietly do this — treat our lives like time-coded dairy products on the fridge’s middle shelf, silently fermenting beside a doomed bag of lettuce?
That is to say, his books often seem to make more sense when viewed slightly from a distance, as a whole and complete entity, rather than viewing them up close and in a sustained, linear fashion.
Had the book been longer I might have given up.
Extremely funny yet quite moving and even plausible: Praise for Eleanor Rigby: So it was a nice break from heavier reading. Jun 18, Rob rated it liked it. My usual ritual when beginning my day had always been to count the number of days until I die based on government statistics telling me that women born in could expect to live to seventy-six.