“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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Couplabd 02, Paul Dinger rated it liked it. 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.

Two distinct plot movements are separated by a break in the narrative flow. As a teenager, Liz goes on a trip to Europe, her one big expressive moment. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. He is 20, funny, difficult, vibrant, and he has progressive MS; “for the sake of brevity I’ll say that, just like Rome, MS has many websites”.

Except the one about the giraffe and the brothel for ghosts. Feb 12, Neja rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked this book up used, it’s dust jacket missing.

Jeremy has multiple sclerosis. He is the author of the novels Hey Nostradamus! He has matured as a writer. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. Jun 09, Krissy rated it really liked it Shelves: A quick look at my bookshelf tells me that I also read Shampoo Planet, about which I remember exactly nothing. She sees no other way through life. Funny realism with a tiny smattering of bizarre bits thrown in there. I gigby 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.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dec 01, Adela Bezemer-Cleverley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I feel like Bukowski and Coupland are 2 authors who go so well together, if I read one, I need to read the other soon after. But as I say, this book never clicked with me in the way Couplamd thought it should. It couplan this purposefully against the grain; unlike the usual Coupland read, it jettisons mourning as a kind of wasteful self-indulgence.

It was a fast read.

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By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Klaus sat there looking fleanor the tabletop, shiny, reflecting all those pretty little white lights. He has apocalyptic visions of farmers unable to grow what they need, and he is blessed with the curious talent of singing tunes backwards.

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This was a different read for me. All she wants from life is peace. Liz Dunn is lonely. His loyal readers disagree. Didn’t finish – couldn’t finish. The author did a splendid job on describing loneliness but I don’t know what to make of this story otherwise.


Alone in your condo, your chances are zip. All at once, couplsnd life begins to change: This made Coupland himself a kind of brand name.

Now, he has multiple sclerosis and is suffering from hallucinations brought on by drugs. The novel is named after The Beatles ‘ song of the same name. I mean seriously, the woman is called to the cuopland 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?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Just as Liz makes a quiet decision to seek peace in her life rather than certainty, along comes another comet, in the form of a young man admitted to the local hospital with her name and number inscribed on his Medic Alert bracelet: