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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
Coupland came to fame with Generation X which became a cult classic and for years afterwards he was pigeon-holed a cult author. Well he has grown up or matured, call it what you will, his subject matter is now mainstream, his writing beautifully crafted and this is a sensitive, accessible novel of loneliness, the past catching up and unexpected fulfilment. It is first-rate and anyone interested in literature today should read him.
Comparison: Iain Banks, Alex Garland, Graham Swift.
Similar this month: Jonathan Coe, Hitomi Kanchara.
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
Liz Dunn is 42 years old, and lonely. Her house is like 'a spinster's cell block', and she may or may not snore – there's never been anybody to tell her. Then one day in 1997, with the comet Hale Bopp burning bright in the blue-black sky, Liz receives an urgent phone call asking her to visit a young man in hospital. All at once, the loneliness that has come to define her is ripped away by this funny, smart, handsome young stranger, Jeremy. Her son.
Eleanor Rigby is a tale of loneliness and hope that introduces Douglas Coupland's finest character yet. Illuminated by a wonderfully gentle, searching wisdom, it sees Coupland ascend to a new level of peace and grace in his ever-more-extraordinary career.
Reviews'A high spirited moving study of loneliness and all its opposites.'
Observer Books of the Year
. 'A powerful and moving examination of a life lived negotiating loneliness.
'Eleanor Rigby is one of Coupland's subtlest indictments yet of Yankee-yuppie culture.'
'Bristles with acerbic observations of modern life.'
'Funny, unexpected and fragile, here [Coupland is] the chronicler of our potentials rather than our losses.'
About the Author
Publication date6th June 2005
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CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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