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A Charming Mass Suicide by Arto Paasilinna

A Charming Mass Suicide (1990)

by Arto Paasilinna

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Dedpite the title, this book had nothing of the heavy mibdset one could have expected in a book that is about a group of people who intend to take their lives. When each member of the group reacts to a newspaper ad for people who have tried or want to try suicide, a wheel is set in motion and events happen without the possibility of individusl group members tonstop them.
How it ends... Well you should read that yourself :-)
Recommended! ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | May 9, 2017 |
Not very well hidden behind this ridiculous and witty fairy tale about a busload of suicide candidates travelling through Finland, Norway, France, Switzerland and Portugal, lies a life-enhancing philosophy full of hope. I am sure the novel must be particularly hilarious for Finnsih readers who pick up all the local references, but even for me this story is enjoyable and worth reading. However, the style and genre do create a distance to the characters and their problems, so it is hard to be very moved by anything Paasilinna writes. Any emotion the novel creates comes from the thought processes it may start in the reader. ( )
  petterw | May 27, 2014 |
A ratos divertido, con una premisa absurda que se derivaba en situaciones más absurdas. Lectura agradable, pero poco de qué hablar en el grupo de lectura.
  KymmAC | Jul 30, 2011 |
Arto Paasilinna is a succesful Finnish writer. This book starts with a suicidal man happening on another trying to hang himself. They get talking, start looking for the best way to end it all, and end up with a whole group setting off on a bus trip to the North, where they will kill themselves by driving the bus off the cliffs at top speed.
The story is well-written, grabbed my interest and kept it for a long time. Some passages are written so well you can't help but reread them immediately. The sarcastic tone is often funny (when the writer tells about all the reasons Finnish people have to take their own lives, i.e.), but sometimes a bit too heavy-handed. Paasilinna does not go for subtlety. And he takes just a bit too long to finish his story, the plot is a bit too thin for 230 pages. But this book is just strange enough to keep you reading. ( )
  mojacobs | Feb 15, 2011 |
I have come to see Paasilinna as a nordic variant of Wodehouse. The comparison is of course not due to the subject matter, which could not be further apart, Wodehouse dealing with the English upper class and Paasilinna with the Finnish folk-character. But the matter-of-fact-statement applied to the most burlesque situation gives the same surprise and instant laughter and the same delightful aftertaste - an aftertaste of pleasure in the language itself, and in how pure wit is a vehicle that transports the immediate fun to a reflection of the human comedy on a deeper level. Comedy is the most difficult genre, it so often falls into either slapstick or sentimentality - to avoid both demands a combination of wit and deep acceptance of man.
In this book Paasilinna makes the reader laugh heartily at the suicidal person and his project at the same time as he stirs deep compassion both for him, and for the fragility of the human self. The strength of sharing becomes evident as never before, and the power of humor, obvious.

Rumour tells that the statistical number of persons committing suicide in Finland per year fell to half the year after this book was released. I can easily believe that. ( )
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