“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
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
“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
“Death without the possibility of changing the world is the same as a life that never was.”
Enter lonely Liz Dunn. Thirty-something, overweight, friendless, neglected by society, and under appreciated by her dysfunctional family and workmates. Struggling under the millstone of loneliness, Lizz is resigned to the idea that anything interesting will ever happen in to her. Often misunderstood, her extremely pragmatic outlook on life is often mistaken for as morbid and a...more
i have started this review a couple of times, but the thing is: i'm speechless. or wordless or whatever -less employs perfectly to convey what i want.
this book was an absolute page turner, so random and just so good. hope in t...more
Lizz Dunn, 36 ans, est obèse et vit seule dans un appartement pas très folichon. Sa famille prend quelque peu de ses nouvelles, mais la considère comme un cas désespéré. Lizz, elle, n'attend pas grand chose de son avenir. Elle sort d'une opération des dents de sagesse et passe sa semaine de convalescence entre anti-douleu...more
This was my very first book by Douglas Coupland. As a result, I had no idea what to expect style-wise but I had high hopes. The book begins with the introduction of the main character, the self-proclaimed lonely Liz Dunn. The descri...more