Eleanor Rigby

Eleanor Rigby

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 453.6g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 0753173751
  • 9780753173756
  • 2,138,084

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A novel as compelling as Hey Nostradamus! and as inventive as All Families Are Psychotic, from the internationally bestselling author Douglas Coupland "All the lonely people, where do they all come from? The 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 verklempt-o-thon rentals from the video store to get her through her solitary convalescence. Though she is plump, quiet and plain, behind her eyes lurk whole universes, which she has never had the opportunity to express. Then a second comet traverses her life. It appears in the form of a young man dressed up in makeup and fishnet stockings who has her name and number inscribed on his Medic Alert bracelet: In case of emergency, contact Liz Dunn. One phone call can change a life. The lonely planet, dirty bombs, fundamentalism, the war on terrorism, the unlikely places we find love, the peculiar power of visions: Liz Dunn's quiet existence is upended by them all. Who is more surprised than she, when she stumbles across a true-life happy ending? Excerpt from "Eleanor Rigby: "The summer of 1997, Hale-Bopp rode the sky above Hollyburn Mountain every night for weeks on end. Sometimes it was buttery and weak, and sometimes it looked like felt cut with blunt kindergarten scissors -- but not once during those weeks did I ever get used to seeing the damn thing up there. It wasn't natural. Nothing in the sky seems natural to me except the sun and the stars. Even the moon, for lack of better word, is on probation. Why the thing can't just stay full all the time drives me nuts. Crescent? Waxing? Waning? Oh, just make up your mind. "Fromthe Hardcover edition.show more

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"This book is funny and strange, but it's also moving and bittersweet... the story's ending proves unexpected yet exactly what you'd hoped: 'Even the most random threads of life always knit together in the end, ' Coupland writes, and indeed they do. Eleanor Rigby is the most impressive novel he has written in years. It might prove to be among the best fiction of this new year as well."--"Los Angeles Times "Coupland's ear for the vernacular is solid, and his prose is lean and stripped, making for a fast read.... Coupland moves his story quickly, handling narrative flashbacks with assurance, and gives his plot several screwball twists."--"San Francisco Chronicle "Essentially the story of how a middle-aged spinster finally comes of age, throws off her isolation, and begins living her life, it is told with abundant wit and a deceptive simplicity, courtesy of a sardonic office drone named not Eleanor Rigby (the title is borrowed from a Beatles song about loneliness) but Liz Dunn.... 'Eleanor Rigby' is earnest and warm-hearted, a pleasant landscape dotted with small deposits of profundity. Even as her struggles grow from small and solitary to almost absurdly oversize, Liz's voice remains wonderfully, wittily human."--"Boston Globe "Part of the joy in reading a Coupland book is the wonderful and unexpected way in which the details are meted out and skillfully woven together for the finale. All the same lively with that was apparent in All Families Are Psychotic" and Hey Nostradamus! is evident here, and Coupland's talent for capturing the mundane and sparking recognition among his readers -- especially Canucks -- is here too."--"The Guelph Mercury, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Brantford Expositor "But intricate plot twists aren't the driving force of a Coupland novel. The true force is embodied here by the most weak-bodied of the book's characters. Jeremy, through his drug-fuelled visions, offers original ideas about the Earth and how we're looking after it.... [Coupland's characters] all still struggling with the big themes of life on Earth; love loneliness, death and how to make sense of the world."--"Victoria Times Colonist "What makes him hit us again and again, as though he were pelting meteorites from on high, is his ability to connect with ordinary human emotions and to make them profound."--"ELLE Canada "Coupland has a canny take on everything, and his oneliners zing because they invoke people you know...you'll be right there with Liz as she discovers that, with a little push, any of us can find our proper place in the solar system."--"People "There's a brief moment in Douglas Coupland's latest novel when he draws the reader's attention to some peonies, cool and white and beautiful, placed in a room. They're a fitting flower for a Coupland novel; his latest could rest next to the vase, equally cool and well-arranged."--"Quill & Quire Praise for "Hey Nostradamus!: International BestsellerA "Globe and Mail Best Book of 2003Named one of the top five novels of 2003 by "Quill & Quire "Tempered with Coupland's wry wit and acute observations, it adds up to an irresistible read."--"Maclean's "Coupland has become a master of suspense and pacing. Hey Nostradamus! is a cannily crafted page-turner. . . . an excellent, skilfully written story."--"NOW (Toronto) "A leapsideways from the acid irony which has shaded some of Coupland's earlier novels. Instead, from the pen of one of the coolest authors on the planet has come a work of suffusing humanity."--"Sunday Herald (UK) "Tough, accomplished and subtle, it addresses all the big issues -- God, suffering, miracles, family life, why bad things happen to good people -- without ever becoming grandiose or pretentious."--"Independent (UK) "From the Hardcover edition.show more

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8,616 ratings
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4 39% (3,378)
3 33% (2,883)
2 8% (701)
1 1% (116)
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