Monday, August 06, 2007

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Liz lives a lonely life, and that's really all she can think until she gets a call from a hospital claiming that an admitted patient has her name on their allergy bracelet. Liz can't think of who it is so she goes to the hospital and realizes that it is the son she put up for adoption when she was 16, which was over 20 years ago. Liz wants to know all about her son, Jeremy, and what his life has been like, but he is dieing of MS and does not have much time.

Liz enjoys her time with Jeremy and realizes that she isn't as lonely as she used to be. She reminisces over her trip to Rome when Jeremy was born, but she can't remember who his dad is and how exactly she became to be pregnant.

As usual for a Coupland book, this is a bit bizarre. I always find it interesting how Coupland can write, really, about nothing at all yet still make it interesting. I'm sure there were a lot of deeper messages about life and the general ways of society, but I'm kind of dense when it comes to things like that. I didn't find the characters as whiny as some other Coupland novels I've read. This book was weird, but interesting.



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