Discussion 3/05: Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
Questions to consider for the OCBC discussion of Douglas Coupland’s Eleanor Rigby as posted by [URL=http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net/community/member.php?u=9768]Riddlegimp[/URL], this month's Discussion Leader:
- "People look at me and forget I'm here." - How effective is Coupland’s portrayal of loneliness?
- How believable is the relationship between Liz and Jeremy?
- Is Eleanor Rigby a modern fable? Does it have a moral or a lesson to learn?
- Are Coupland's characters fully-rounded people, or mouthpieces for snippets of philosophy and social commentary?
- If you have read any of Coupland’s other books, what themes or techniques can you see in common between them and Eleanor Rigby?
- Is there anything about Eleanor Rigby that marks a change in Coupland’s style or thematic concerns?
- Is this a more hopeful book that previous Coupland novels?
- Could Coupland’s style in Eleanor Rigby be classified as magical realism, minimalism – or anything else?