“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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland. Eleanor Rigby is the story of Liz, a self-described drab, overweight, crabby, and friendless middle-aged elsanor, and her unlikely reunion with the charming and strange son she gave up for adoption.

His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland. 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 couplandd and strange son she gave up for adoption.

By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness doyglas us all. Paperbackpages. JeremyLiz Dunn. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Eleanor Rigbyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 07, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: It manifests itself in the usual rigbh in the throat, shaky hands. I hate this and then again…. Do you ever feel like the Tin Man? I remember being inspired by Generation X and feeling like I was a piece of living history. This was our timeHe was writing about me.

Oh, to be young and so self-absorbed. Yet here I am feeling that Coupland has nailed it. Couppand gives me faith. Time is whimsical and cruel. Maybe I should talk about the book. In front of me is a piece of notebook paper with page numbers and quotes scribbled all over it.

I do this when I read something that elicits gooseflesh. This book mentions 4 hidden layers of personality, the public self, the private self, the secret self and the dark self.

That frightens me a little. I loved this book. I love Coupland for stringing together words, for giving me my faith and still letting eelanor be a skeptic. Dougllas all 8 comments. May 02, RandomAnthony rated it it was ok.


She returns to her tomblike condo at night and, well, thinks some more. The plot distracted me from the characters. The last thirty pages doiglas raised the rating to three stars, but…nah.

Had the book been longer I might have given up. Eleanor Rigbyhowever, shoots off like a Roman candle just wet enough to disappoint. View all 9 comments. Jul 29, Petra rated it elenor liked it Shelves: Where do they all belong? Is this the way it has to be with loneliness? This story is warm douglxs told with humor and reality.

Liz Dunn is lonely. She admits it and waits for death. She sees no other way through life. She’s short, overweight, plain, “All the lonely people, where do they all come from? She’s short, overweight, plain, has no friends These problems engulf her much as Eleanor Rigby’s problems did her. Enter her son who she gave for couoland a young man who cojpland his years in foster care, as lonely as one can get.

The events that follow are funny, touching, sad, uplifting and warm. Coupland is a wonderful writer, getting to the couplannd of a matter in touching ways. He has a unique perspective. Feb 12, Neja rated it it was amazing Shelves: Coupland’s books are so unique.

I’ve read three so far and I just have a feeling, that all his books are so out of the ordinary. I wonder, if all this weird questions that appear in his books are basically his questions…and all these random thoughts are his.

Eleanor Rigby

I love this kind of writing-writing the same way someone speaks. Just laying it all out in the open. Without thinking it through. This irgby is so captivating and interesting and my favorite so far. But I plan on reading them all.

I almost g Coupland’s books are so unique.

I almost got goose bumps when I read some sentences, because they felt familiar. I recognized myself in them. And at some point this story made my eyes wet. View all 7 comments. Didn’t finish – couldn’t finish.

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? Paul McCartney wrote about a spinster, not a spastic.

View all 3 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. But I can understand her almost ascetic obsession with solitude. I too am a solitary person; I tend to prefer the company of a good book and its characters to the company of good people. Unlike Liz, though, I must confess to having a social life.


And while some people may question its validit I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. And while some people may question its validity, my online interactions are a large part of my social matrix as well. So I enjoy being alone, but I am not lonely per se.

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Liz has carefully ensconced herself in a bubble, fending off all but the most resilient of her relationships. And even these are routine, predictable affairs: Take the relationship between Liz and Jeremy for example. There is no happily ever after for these two, fleanor Liz must face the fact that their reunion will be short-lived and complicated.

I find it interesting that there is never any tension between these two. Similarly, Jeremy does no wrong. For a kid who had a rather rough time of it in foster homes, he seems to be largely untroubled. Despite his awful luck in the foster home lottery, he somehow managed to turn out as a decent individual. This is how I know Coupland, for all his caustic observations of modern society, is an optimist and not a cynic. His endings are happy endings—not for every character, and maybe not even for the main character.

People experience loss and sadness and death, but by the end of the book, something has changed for the better. And then we come to the ending, which is, for me, the least satisfactory part of the book. Liz flies to Austria to tigby someone she barely remembers from her past, and then they fall in love.

Still, I think he could have done better. Coupland is renowned not only as a writer but as a visual artist as well, and I think this eleqnor his writing to a great extent.

That is to say, his books often seem to make more sense when viewed slightly from a dogulas, as a douglae and complete entity, rather than viewing them up close and in a sustained, linear fashion.