“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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Eleanor Rigby: A Novel: Douglas Coupland: Bloomsbury USA
Don’t throw you’re life away because you think this is all there is. Douglax read three so far and I just have a feeling, that all his books are so out of the ordinary. 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. Is this the way it has to be with eleanro His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland.
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. I’m a napkin at McDonald’s. This made Coupland himself a kind of brand name. This story is so captivating and interesting and my favorite so far. Oh, to be young and so self-absorbed. 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.
Checking Into The Library 31, visits. I read 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. The brutal thing about time sickness is that naming it is no cure. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The earlier novels masquerade, with a cuopland lightness of tone, as shapeless states or critiques of life which have turned into novels almost by chance.
What’s remarkable is how easy it is for even elenor best adjusted among us to see ourselves in Coupland’s compassionate and occasionally madcap portrait. Paintings, unlike stories, are not meant to be read from left to right, page to page. No more trying to control everything. Minor spoilers in the form of quotes!
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As a teenager, Liz goes on a trip to Europe, her one big expressive moment. Coupland’s books are so unique. Jul 25, D rated it really liked it.
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. And I’m apparently not in the mood for writing a long review today, so I’m just going to show you my bookmarks–there are like fifteen of them She’s listed as the next-of-kin contact on someone she’s never heard of.
The plot distracted me from the characters. Eleanor Rigby the work of art is stimulating and moving. I also love the actual message that I got from it.
We crave them and need them not because we have so many shared experiences to talk about but because they know precisely which subjects to avoid. Do we ever understand the factors that make us do the things we do?
A quick look at my bookshelf tells me that I also read Shampoo Planet, about which I remember exactly nothing. As are the plot lines.
I laughed out loud once or twice. View all 3 comments. Books by Douglas Coupland. She admits it and waits for death.
Eleanor Rigby the linear narrative is contrived and somewhat disappointing. Its title acts as exactly the social synonym it is, not just for loneliness but for popular expectations of women of a certain age and spinster state, nothing more to look forward to than being buried along with their names. So much weirdness that didn’t seem to serve any purpose.
Eleanor Rigby dougals, however, shoots off like a Roman candle just wet enough to disappoint. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He has apocalyptic visions of farmers unable to grow what they need, and he is blessed with the curious talent of singing tunes backwards.
I enjoy being caught off guard at least in my ocupland. Reading multiple Coupland books erodes any sense of weight you initially applied to his thoughts.
Mostly, though, I think Eleanor Rigby crystallized some of my conflicting thoughts and attitudes towards Coupland. No real weak points and maybe a bit anti-climatic, but very enjoyable to read, as his social observation was very sharp throughout.
This is only the second book of his that I’ve read, and while I didn’t like it quite as much as All Families Are Psychotic there were less characters and less dynamic plot things but it’s also shorter so I would still highly recommend it.
That frightens me a little. Extremely funny yet quite moving and even plausible: This is my second book from Coupland, and again, I loved it so much.
Two distinct plot movements are separated by a break in the narrative flow.
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
He is the son Liz gave up for adoption over twenty years before — the product of a class trip to Rome.