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Le Magasin des Suicides by Jean Teule

Le Magasin des Suicides (edition 2008)

by Jean Teule

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Title:Le Magasin des Suicides
Authors:Jean Teule
Info:Pocket (2008), Poche, 157 pages
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Le Magasin des Suicides by Jean Teule

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Quirky little book about a crumbling world in which it is normal to want to kill yourself. This is a black comedy about a family who run a suicide shop to cater for such needs. However, all is not well as their youngest child is abnormal - he is cheerful and optimistic and cheers people up instead of encouraging them to die. ( )
  cscott | Oct 27, 2013 |
Short, easy read, dark humour, unexpected ending. Wish I can read the original French version.
  deadgirl | Jul 17, 2013 |
The Tuvache family runs the Suicide Shop in a world not too far into the future where life is drab and people have lost the will to live. So the Tuvache family tries to find new ways for one to off themselves. Their motto is “HAS YOUR LIFE BEEN A FAILURE? LET’S MAKE YOUR DEATH A SUCCESS!” But soon their lives take a turn because their one son is a smiling optimist.

This story is a black comedy and one must love to read such stories. For me, I couldn’t get into it and didn’t find it funny. The characters were thinly developed and the story quick. It could be better as a one act play. ( )
  grumpydan | Jul 6, 2013 |
Utterly utterly awesome. Loved the concept and loved the dark humour. And the way it ended just left me reeling, but I loved that it was what the author chose to do. Awesome little book. ( )
  h_d | Mar 31, 2013 |
(NB: this review is based on the original French version): Set in the future in la cité des Religions Oubliées, for generations, the Tuvache family - imagine the Addams family or the Munsters - has owned and run Le Magasin des Suicides (Suicide Shop). Yup, they sell everything needed to off yourself in whichever way you want to go, and guarantee success. They advise customers which products to buy based on how they want their death to be, and even help tie the knot in a noose so nothing can go wrong. The family consists of parents Mishima and Lucrèce and their 3 children - the brooding Vincent, the transformed Marilyn, and youngest Alan (yes, where Vincent & Marilyn are more obvious, Alan's name does get explained).

Alan smiles. He's optimistic. He's ruining the store.

This slim novel is quite dark and quite funny, though it does have its faults. The ending is what the ending has to be, and it veers annoyingly away from what I love so much about the early part (which, in a book of only around 150 p., does detract). Overall, though, if the subject matter isn't a non-starter, it's a great little read. ( )
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This novel is set in a bleak future where humans are killing themselves in increasing numbers. It's terrible news for mankind, but great news for the Tuvache family who run the local suicide shop.

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