Friday, July 25, 2008

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 1-58234-523-6
Pages: 249
Inside Flap Description:

One phone call can change everything...
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 convalescence in her condo. She's overweight, crabby, and plain, but behind her dull exterior lurks a mind sharpened by years 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 an back, endangering her life just as a real chance at happiness finally seems within reach.

My Rating: A-

This is a fast paced and sweetly sad story of an amazingly boring woman. For anyone who has ever spent a whole night alone, wondering if anyone was going to come over to hang out, you'll understand completely how she feels.
Coupland's ability to get Liz's feelings across with words is outrageous and refreshing. At no point did I wonder what the characters were feeling.

The only problem with this story is it is hard a times to understand how the time line works, but at the end it all comes together.
I loved this book and recommend it to all.

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