“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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However, I’d say pick three of his and leave it at that.


We crave them and need them not because we have so many shared experiences to talk about douuglas because they know precisely which subjects to avoid. Eleanor Rigby, in which the lost get found and the cosmic gets real, does this too, with a goodness of heart that is actually inspiring.

And while some people may question its validit I am not Liz Dunn, though I do identify with her. I have more love for a character that thinks differently not cute quirky than someone who has a one-track mind with no other peak inside their life and personality.

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. Elleanor frightens me a little. Jan 22, Stephani rated it did not like it.

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. All the little observational notes resonate, just as you’d expect from Coupland, but there are no great gems worthy of hanging up on the wall, as in his other work.

Had the book been longer I might have given up.


Don’t throw you’re life away because you think this is all there is. Dialogue rolls off the page in crisp sound bytes packed with wry elenor and witty banter.

Aside from a bit of weirdness involving some radioactive material and a German prison, this is actually an incredibly realistic, plausible narrative, which, as much as I enjoy wackiness, was much more appropriate to the subject matter thus making the pair of weird events I mentioned above seem somewhat inappropriate and out of place, but it’s a relatively small misstep, so whatever.

I hate this and then again…. The earlier books relied on product-placed shorthand as a reassurance of where we were and what we had in common: 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?

It was another easy read which is perfectly fine with me since my brain is too tired nowadays too follow anything more complicated. There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this book, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well.

At a cursory look this book risks whimsy, seems a rather slender story about a middle-aged woman finding herself. A young man has turned up in the local hospital wearing an id bracelet with her name and phone number inscribed on it. There was a problem adding your email address.

Amazing grace

Apr 11, Rachel rated it it was ok. Coupland is renowned not only as a writer but as a visual artist as well, and I think this influences his writing to a great extent. So I enjoy being alone, but I am not lonely per se.

The novel is named after The Beatles ‘ song of the same name. Oct 02, Paul Dinger rated it liked it. Eleanor Rigby is a novel by Douglas Couplandabout a lonely woman at ages 36 and I love this kind of writing-writing the same way someone speaks.


Overall, I thought it was more cohesive, but less ambitious than Girlfriend in a Coma. Unique story-line and good follow-through despite a hokey plot twist at the end.

ELEANOR RIGBY by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews

It’s about a change in Coupland’s writing too. I’m afraid I’ve long since passed my peak of patience with Douglas Coupland. Mostly, though, I think Eleanor Rigby crystallized some of my conflicting thoughts and attitudes towards Coupland. They are horrifying, beautiful and poetic. In my mind, my birthday in has been my checkout date.

All she copuland from eeanor is peace. It’s tragic and also very real. But she does it all with as little fuss as possible and manages to make her way to a happy end.

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

If you choose to read a book by Coupland, don’t choose this one. Even though Eleanor Rigby has the same form as Coupland’s previous works — quirky, flawed couplznd in or from the Pacific Northwest searches for God despite or because of a nutty family — the substance of the novel isn’t up to par. I don’t know whether Coupland has it in him to find a novel novel schema, but Eleanor Rigby ‘s dry well makes me hope he does.