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Le Magasin des Suicides de Jean TEULE (edition 2008)

by Jean Teule

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Member:gaetane
Title:Le Magasin des Suicides de Jean TEULE
Authors:Jean Teule
Info:Pocket (2008), Poche, 157 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule

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"Too many people do an amateurish job. You know, out of a hundred and fifty thousand people who make the attempt, one hundred and thirty-eight thousand fail. These people often find themselves disabled in wheelchairs, disfigured for life, but with us … Our suicides are guaranteed. Death or your money back!" –Mishima Tuvache

I don't usually venture into books that I'm not sure I'll like. Probably close minded of me, but there are so many books that I know I will like and not nearly enough time to read them. A friend recommended this little French novella, and I was willing to give a try because it wasn't very long. She said it was funny, and boy was that the understatement of the year. This book is hilarious! It's a sort of Beetlejuice meets The Hunger Games breakfast mimosa. It makes you question a lot of things, and whether or not you should be laughing...or drinking alcohol before 10 am.

Far into the future, the world is on its ninth cat life and people are killing themselves in throngs. To meet the growing demand, the Tuvache family's generations old Suicide Shop has been providing every tool necessary to end one's life. Everything from sepukko paraphernalia to hemlock are in stock and consultations are free. But what is a family to do when their youngest child is so naturally cheerful?! Is there a better solution to a disappointing life other than suicide? Alan Tuvache seems to think so, and his infectious optimism seems to be leaving its mark. A good read if you're looking to read something a bit offbeat and enjoy black comedies. ( )
  dreamydress48 | May 5, 2016 |
Un livre à l'humour très fin, et original en de nombreux points, même si sa famille de héros ressemble d'une façon saisissante à la famille Addams.
Ce roman se lit très vite et la fin vous surprendra.
En revanche, je ne pense pas lire d'autre ouvrage de cet auteur, ses thèmes habituels n'étant pas, mais alors pas du tout ma tasse de thé.

EDIT: Finalement j'ai changé d'avis et lu une bonne partie des livres de cet auteur! ( )
  CathCD | Jan 16, 2016 |
Wow. This novella about a shop run by a French family that sells methods for committing suicide blew my mind and broke my heart. Black humor followed by utter blackness. I loved it but the ending turned that love to hate in less than a handful of words. This is one book where you just can't read the end first. It would taint your entire reading experience. And now everyone wants to pick it up and read those words, right? But I promise you, you will ruin everything. Just go find this one and read it (or don't if you don't want your heart broken into a million pieces).

http://webereading.com/2015/04/cleaning-slate-bunch-of-quick-reviews.html ( )
  klpm | Apr 25, 2015 |
You could be forgiven for wondering how a gloom-ridden, dirge-like book that touts suicide as a reasonable choice for someone who has failed at life can be funny. After all, suicide is a devastating option and it tears the heart out of those left behind. But fiction is a different animal than real life and in the case of Jean Teule's The Suicide Shop, the topic of suicide as a best option scenario is not only presented but celebrated in a blackly comic way.

The Tuvache family have been the careful proprietors of a suicide shop for generations. They are especially proud that they have no repeat customers, having suggested the perfect method and offered explicit directions to each person they have served, thereby helping them to have a successful death. They offer all different options to help people prematurely leave this vale of tears and they do it well. But all is not right in the Tuvache family. Father Mishima, mother Lucrece, oldest brother Vincent, and daughter Marilyn (gotta love the blatant symbolism in each of these names) are all properly gloomy and as somber as undertakers. But youngest son Alan is, from the cradle, a spark of light, happiness, and joy, a trait that is killing the family business. Because Alan helps people see that life will improve, that this low point isn't forever, and that they have a reason to go on. And surprisingly many people do choose to go on after his smiling, cheerful hope and caring.

Alan is entirely too sunny for a suicide shop and his parents want to smother the spark of optimism right out of him. He is portrayed as a typical youngest child, buzzing around, annoying his siblings, and acting completely contrarily to what his family wants from him. The novel is short and unexpected and the humor is definitely of the dark variety. The description of the things for sale in the shop are lovingly detailed and the reader can just see the whole fascinatingly morbid place. The writing is very minimalist and the tone starts as sad and pessimistic but lightens as the storyline unfolds. Alan's perpetual charm and determined positivity are the driving force of the plot as his family and the store's customers react to him, causing business to drop and mental outlooks to improve. This is an odd little book but as much as it seems to be about death, it is just as much about attitude and hope and belief in an improved future. And if you decide to read it, get back to me on just what's up with that ending, will you? ( )
  whitreidtan | Jun 6, 2014 |
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 |
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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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