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In other words, what happens when Douglas Coupland hits middle age? Coupland began the s giving the name to Generation X with his bestselling first novel. His work to date has represented the state of young adulthood in the multi-corporate world as a fusion of brand-name nostalgia and melancholy mourning. His novels generally give unexpected spirit a voice and pit nuclear paranoia and corporate apocalypse against a stunned instinct for kindness. The earlier novels masquerade, with a deceptive lightness of tone, as shapeless states or critiques of life which have turned into novels almost by chance. Do we ever understand the factors that make us do the things we do?

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Plot[ edit ] Two distinct plot movements are separated by a break in the narrative flow. As a teenager, Liz goes on a trip to Europe, her one big expressive moment. On this trip, while drunk, she loses her virginity in Italy to a man she cannot remember. From this experience, she becomes pregnant with Jeremy, who is put up for adoption, and goes in and out of foster families for much of his young life. His illness is terminal, and because of drug abuse, he has only a short time to live.

The first part of the novel, narrated by Liz, jumps between these two moments, constantly reminding the reader that these are moments in the past. In the present, Jeremy has died. Liz finds a meteorite that she takes to be a very precious object. She sleeps with it under her pillow to keep it close. Liz Dunn[ edit ] Liz Dunn is the protagonist of this novel.

She is an overweight, lonely woman, who lives a removed solitary existence. Her apartment, for instance, can only accommodate one person. Coupland has spoken extensively about the character of Liz Dunn, claiming that she was his most realistic character.

He has traveled through the foster-care system of British Columbia, residing with many families who abused him. He eventually reconnects with Liz after finding her and registers her as his next of kin for emergencies. When he is hospitalized, Liz reconnects with her son. Jeremy is cheerful in the face of his condition, happy with the life that he has left to lead. He eventually becomes a successful mattress salesman in the time leading up to his death.

He experiences visions of a post-apocalyptic future , which enthralls Liz. He envisions a future where crops have gone foul and farmers ask a divine voice for guidance. Loneliness[ edit ] The inspiration for Eleanor Rigby was loneliness. Coupland suffered through a period in his early twenties he describes as being caused by loneliness.

It might be just a North American thing but you always have to smile for the camera and give it your best. Negative emotions, or inevitable emotions, never get discussed. They think it must be clinical depression, or an allergy.

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Plot[ edit ] Two distinct plot movements are separated by a break in the narrative flow. As a teenager, Liz goes on a trip to Europe, her one big expressive moment. On this trip, while drunk, she loses her virginity in Italy to a man she cannot remember. From this experience, she becomes pregnant with Jeremy, who is put up for adoption, and goes in and out of foster families for much of his young life. His illness is terminal, and because of drug abuse, he has only a short time to live. The first part of the novel, narrated by Liz, jumps between these two moments, constantly reminding the reader that these are moments in the past. In the present, Jeremy has died.

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Janet Coupland, a graduate in comparative religion from McGill University. Coupland describes his upbringing as producing a " blank slate ". Her parents tried to get away from that but unwittingly transmitted their values to my mother. It was a magic era between the hippies and the PC goon squads. Everyone talked to everyone and you could ask anybody anything.

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