Liz Dunn is one of the wo ...more
“What if God exists but he doesn’t really like people very much?”
It’s 2am. I’m willing back an emotional outburst. It manifests itself in the usual way—lump in the throat, shaky hands. Damn. I hate this and then again…. Do you ever feel like the Tin Man? It’s a horrible feeling. ”I feel like that one Scrabble tile that has no letter on it.” Exactly
It’s been a dozen years (at least) since I’ve read Coupland. I remember being inspired by Generation X and feeling like I was a piece of living histor ...more
Doug Coupland’s Eleanor Rigby is tailor-made for dedicated readers fond of literature-focused social networking sites and who maybe, you know, sometimes think they should have more face to face interaction with other human beings but friends, in flesh and blood, can just be so exhausting. Liz, narrator and nondescript cubicle dweller, looks do ...more
The first of his I read was Jpod and I still enjoy that. I then read Generation X and I enjoyed that too. But with each passing book of his I've read, I've enjoyed them less and less. I don't know if that's a sign ...more
What did I think? I think that Douglas Coupland is a brilliant writer, of course. 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. 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 th ...more
I got more from this than I care to admit. Loneliness is something no one wants to admit to and it's scary and sad to think of a person's life slipping away year after year with nothing to look forward to and no one to share happiness with. It's tragic and also very real. It's a ...more
The story begins in the summer of 1997. Hale-Bopp comet streaks across the Canadian skies, and Liz comes to a realization. From that moment forward, Liz decides to go with the flow. No more trying to control everything. All she wants from life is ...more
In this one I really liked Liz, the protagonist, I really liked the premise of the book, with a woman being alone and lonely and having witty and sincere inner monologues about it.
I don't know what kind of plot I expected but somewhere around finding the long lost son I realized I wouldn't get wh ...more
In Eleanor Rigby, he creates a protagonist who is lonely and isolated. More correctly, she has loneliness and isolation thrust upon her by virtue of been fat and plain and after enduring a difficult childhood. She wallows in it and seemingly embraces it until in a miraculous turn of events ( a passing comet substitutes for the waving of a wand), a young boy - the son she never ...more
"Meet Liz Dunn -- a good woman who has become very good at being lonely. Then, after 25 years apart, her amazing 25-year-old son returns into her life. And, at 40, suddenly, she is no longer alone, and must decide what matters more: peace, certainty or love?Once upon a time Liz Dunn was the loneliest girl in the world. One starry night, far from home, she told a stranger she was tired of being lonely. So, he tried to put an end to all that. Twenty-five years later, into her life walks, ...more
“The Liz Dunns of this world tend to get married, and then twenty-three months after their wedding and the birth of their first child they establish sensible lower maintenance hairdos that last them forever. Liz Dunns take classes in croissant baking, and would rather chew on soccer balls than deny their children muesli… I am a traitor to my name.”
Liz Dunn is one of the world’s lonely people. She’s in her late thirties and has a boring cubicle job at a communications company, doing work that i
First off, this was a really quick read. Coupland's style is easy to read. There aren't chapters per se, but the book is punctuated in chapter-ettes and the whole thing is divided into 2 sections. I really liked the first section, the second section left me feeling a bit "WTF."
I can see why so many people dislike the narrarator, Liz. She's a fairly unlikeable character but it's her beli ...more
"Like anybody, I wanted to find out if my life was ever going to make sense, or maybe even feel like a story..."
"I decided that instead of demanding certainty from life, I now wanted peace. No more trying to control everything--it was now time to go with the flow."
Coupland sets up what I thought was going to be an introspective character stu ...more
I loved this book. Sometimes you read books full of philosophical musings, and they feel so apart from the rest of the story it's obtrusive (The Winner Stands Alone by Paolo Coelho jumps to mind). Here however, ...more