Friday, December 12, 2008

Eleanor Rigby -- the book and the song -- a Review

Eleanor Rigby Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was first introduced to Douglas Coupland by a nearest and dearest -- I had just gotten off a plane from Korea, had just finished my stint in the Air Force, and was cripplingly jetlagged when he thrust "Generation X" in my hands and said, "You MUST read this". It superceded the jet lag, and I've been a fan ever since.

This book is about lonliness, and while it does have depressing tones, it's also dryly, wryly hilarious. There are some twists and turns that make me marvel at Coupland's thought-processes, and ending was very satisfactory. It's about lonliness, love, visions, and a meteorite.

You're going to love it.

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I have to admit, that the entire time I read this book, I had American Idol's David Cook's performance of "Eleanor Rigby" running on repeat in my mind. I don't watch American Idol -- well, I did the first season, but never after, preferring to watch highlights on YouTube if I'm so inclined. That guy is just amazing.


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