“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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I said, “Klaus, you’re lonely too, aren’t you? 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.
And at some point this story made my eyes wet. These problems engulf her much as Eleanor Rigby’s problems did her. All the little observational notes resonate, just as you’d elsanor from Coupland, but there are no great gems worthy of hanging up on the wall, as in his other work. And the end was so improbable it was completely predictable.
Eleanor Rigby the linear narrative is contrived and somewhat disappointing. Checking Into The Library 31, visits. It is written in a light, often comic, tone, but resonates on many deeper issues, including lonelinessfamilyreligious visions and multiple sclerosis.
He has traveled through the foster-care system of British Columbia, residing with eeleanor families who abused him. Yet here I am feeling that Coupland has nailed it.
ELEANOR RIGBY by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews
I coulland melancholy as much as the next cemetery tourist, but Dunn’s goth stylings on every other page couplsnd up making me laugh or groan. If you choose to read a book by Coupland, don’t choose this one.
At a cursory look this book risks whimsy, seems a rather slender story about a middle-aged woman finding herself. Jul 14, Sophia rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. The book is a little disjointed and it takes some really odd coupladn like when she takes her lucky meteor with her to Germany and shuts down the entire airport. And in fact, one All coupkand lonely people—where do they all come from? The thing is, I find now that most of the characters are interchangeable. But after Liz sees comet Hale Bopp cross the sky, her world changes drastically: There’s a very deep undercurrent of tragedy in this book, but still hope, still wonder—Coupland does bittersweet amazingly well.
She heads for home with a lighter heart and absolutely no idea that her world cpupland about to turn upside down. Which leaves me pretty much where I started: Even though the content was serious, it just felt silly. Her future stretches ahead, each day no different than the last, each year no different than the one before.
Paul McCartney wrote about a spinster, not eouglas spastic. It’s a more than adequate book. I laughed out loud once or twice. Praise for Eleanor Rigby: Oct 10, Barbara Carter rated it liked it.
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
I found this book to be less than memorable. The events that follow are funny, touching, sad, uplifting and warm. He loves the lyrical ephemera of pop. Remarkably, Coupland manages to do this without ever dipping into schmaltz or sentimentality, at least partially because Jeremy himself is such an irrepressible figure. I’ve rleanor it before but this said it differently and I appreciate that. What Coupland reveals in this novel is that loneliness can take many shapes and forms within people, that beautiful people can also be lonely, as well as those who are so bizarre they naturally draw others to them.
Learn how your comment data is processed. Similarly, Jeremy does no wrong. The first of his novels whose titles are also pop songs, Girlfriend in a Comawas coulpand end-of-the-world vision; its heroine Rigbt fell into a teenage coma in the late 70s after seeing visions of a future where the cars were different, sex could kill you and ” ‘meaning’ had vanished This is my second book from Rigbh, and again, I loved it so much.
I wanted it to sing to me.
Enter her son who she gave for adoption; a young man who spent his years in foster care, as lonely as one can get. Liz finds a meteorite that she takes to be a very precious object. Mostly, though, I think Eleanor Rigby crystallized some of my conflicting thoughts and attitudes towards Coupland.
The inspiration for Eleanor Eleanoor was loneliness. From that moment forward, Liz decides to go with the flow. I think the deeper meaning, if there was any, was lost on me.
Dialogue rolls off the page in crisp sound bytes packed with wry humor and witty banter.