[]
[]

Eleanor Rigby

Coupland, Douglas (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Eleanor Rigby
Print

Item Details

Baker & Taylor
Liz Dunn has little to keep her going until a strange young man named Jeremy arrives in her life, upsetting her quiet routine and triggering events that take Liz around the world, into danger, and maybe, for the first time, in reach of happiness. 60,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A riveting, witty, and profound story of loneliness and connection from internationally bestselling author Douglas Coupland.

The 1997 night that Hale-Bopp streaks across the skies over Vancouver, Liz Dunn has nothing in her life but impending oral surgery and an armful of schmaltzy video rentals to get her through her solitary convalescence in her sterile condo. She's overweight, crabby, and plain, but behind her eyes lurk whole universes that she's never had the opportunity to express. Just as Liz makes a quiet decision to seek peace in her life rather than certainty, along comes another comet, in the form of a young man admitted to the local hospital with her name and number inscribed on his Medic Alert bracelet: In case of emergency, contact Liz Dunn.

A charming lost soul and a strange visionary, Jeremy upends Liz's quiet existence, triggering a chain of events that take her to the other side of the world and back, endangering her life just as a real chance at happiness finally seems within reach. By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all.


Blackwell North Amer
On a summer night in 1997, a comet streaks across the skies. Liz Dunn has nothing in her life but impending oral surgery and an armful of video rentals to get her through her solitary convalscence in her condo. She's overweight, crabby, and plain, but behind her dull exterior lurks a mind sharpened by years of observation and contemplation. Liz decides to seek peace in her life rather than certainty - and then along comes another comet, in the form of a young man admitted to the local hospital with her name and number inscribed on his medical alert bracelet: In case of emergency, contact Liz Dunn.
A charming lost soul and a strange visionary, Jeremy upends Liz's quiet existence, triggering a chain of events that take her to the other side of the world and back, endangering her life just as a real chance at happiness finally seems within reach.

Baker
& Taylor

Liz Dunn has little to keep her going until a strange young man named Jeremy arrives in her life, upsetting her routine and triggering events that take Liz around the world, into danger, and for the first time, within reach of happiness.

Authors: Coupland, Douglas
Statement of Responsibility: Douglas Coupland
Title: Eleanor Rigby
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005, c2004
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 22 cm.
LCCN: 2004046437
ISBN: 1582345236
Branch Call Number: FIC C
MARC Display»

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Aug 24, 2013
  • justslide rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An extremely fast read, this book is about a lonely woman, Liz Dunn, that unexpectedly gets reunited with her adult son after giving him up for adoption right after he was born. Has a quirky kind of plot that lightens the mood of the whole story. I would say that this is not Coupland's strongest works of fiction after reading his other books, generation X and Hey Nostradamus!, although it is still not bad and worth reading.

Sep 28, 2011
  • BethHMW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coupland is an excellent writer of literary fiction whom I've always enjoyed and I wasn't disappointed when I picked up this novel. He beautifully writes about the issue of loneliness for a middle-aged single woman living alone in Vancouver. Her voice is clear and the passages in which she reflects on herself and her struggle with loneliness are so evocative. The other characters in her life are equally rich that provide flashes of humour and contrast to Liz. The prose is harsh and realistic but beautiful at the same time, and the narrative, while heading to darker places, ultimately arrives in a more optimistic place.

Sep 11, 2011
  • Mnemonic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I didn't entirely know what to make of this book after reading it. I kind of felt sad. But it's effective in its mission. Coupland uses the typical late twenty, early thirty year old who has the office job, 9 to 5 work day and how they fall into the safety of routine. In one of his books, he has a passage where two characters talk about boredom and one of them states that humans are the only species capable of being bored. It's true when you think about it. Douglas uses this a lot in some of his books and this is one of them.

Oct 28, 2010
  • nicolewalker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

this book was mildly interesting and mildly boring. i dont know if i'd recommend it. it was a very quick read. Didn't love it, Didn't hate it. Not sure.

Feb 09, 2010
  • MoMarsha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coupland has had the unique quality of providing both a cynical and a meaningful read. His books read quickly, they are often funny or at least quirky, and occasionally, provoke a surprising emotional reaction.

I had no idea when I decided to read it that the story would focus on both the basic emotion of loneliness and adoption. I won't give the plot away, but I have no earthly clue how Coupland understands intimate relations about the adoption triad so well.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL

  Loading...

Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

Eleanor Rigby
Coupland, Douglas
Eleanor Rigby

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.


I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further


Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Recommendations

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app03 Version Arkelstorp Last updated 2014/10/22 16:24