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Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
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Jul 30, 07

bookshelves: mainstreamfiction, own, 2007
Read in July, 2007

This is a step away from Coupland's usual; there's the same piercing prose, the same uncanny finger on the heart of modern life, the same engrossing characters, but the language has been stripped down to essentials. While I've always loved his dense, allusion-filled writing, it's equally enjoyable to see him strive for a cleaner style. The narrator is Liz Dunn, a pragmatic, sharp-tongued, utterly lonely woman who receives a phonecall which, for a little while, changes everything. The beauty in this story is getting into Liz's head, and experiencing it the way she does; there are hints of the mystical, supernatural themes which often appear in Coupland's work, but it's less literal this time around and more aspirational. As usual, his greatest strength is in creating round and engaging characters who both entertain with wit and pull the reader in with their very real sense of isolation. Highly recommended.
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