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The Suicide Shop [Paperback]

Jean Teule , Sue Dyson
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Sept. 3 2013
With the twenty-first century just a distant memory and the world in environmental chaos, many people have lost the will to live.

Business is brisk at The Suicide Shop. Run by the Tuvache family, the shop offers a variety of ways to end it all, with something to fit every budget.

The Tuvaches go mournfully about their business until the youngest member of the family threatens to destroy their contented misery by confronting them with something they've never encountered before: a love of life.

Jean Teule lives in the Marais with his companion, the French film actress Miou-Miou.

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Jean Teule lives in the Marais with his partner, the French film actress Miou-Miou. An illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, he is also the prize-winning author of ten books including one based on the life of Verlaine. He has also written biographies of Rimbaud and François Villon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a good book March 4 2010
This is a really good book.
It took more than one week for shipping, but it is worth the waiting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Uplifiting read Jan. 16 2009
By SINGularsensation - Published on
I picked this book up on a whim at a bookstore in London. The author is actually a French screenplay writer, so the book reads much like a script (set in the present tense, etc).
It's really a light and uplifting read about how a positive attitude can affect all aspects of your life, without being "preachy" in any aspect. It just makes you think. It's a quick book and I recommend it to anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do you find suicide a laughing matter? Aug. 13 2008
By Kaolin Fire - Published on
The Tuvaches, a sort of working class Addams Family, operate The Suicide Shop--a shop where anyone can purchase the equipment and/or training required to off themselves (though children can only purchase sweets that have a 50% chance of killing them).

The story is set some time after North America has been laid to waste by the Big One--but for the most part it could pass as contemporary, with the odd bit of future tech: holographic greeting cards; a solution that turn one's kiss poisonous to others; 3d semi-immersive full-sensory television.

Mishima and Lucrèce Tuvache have three children--two depressed and/or ailing, and the youngest, bright and cherubic. This latter child, Alan, is the force that changes everything.

The chapters are brief, often terse, and the story progresses swiftly--at times a little too swiftly, in that I felt the characters bounced a bit too much in mood and disposition. At the same time, the quick pace kept me turning pages.

I was somewhat disappointed by the direction of the narrative--it's described as a quirky black comedy, but I found it more comedy, verging on slapstick, and less black (until, perhaps, the end). Alan's cheer and undauntable optimism quickly infects the rest of the family (except for Mishima, the father); even suicide commandos are shown to not be able to withstand his barrage of cheerfulness (a favorite quote: "I'll only be demonstrating this to you once!").

Still, it has a definite charm, and if you are perhaps less jaded you might get a real kick out of it throughout. I could easily see it being a cult favorite in the right circles.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the quirky reader Dec 27 2008
By Danielle - Published on
The concept of this book really appealed to me but I think a lot more could have been done with it. For me, the problem was that it lacked meatiness - there is no character development and the plot is slim (but im sure the author intended on keeping it light and fluffy). Despite that, I thought it was amusing and I didn't mind it. If you have a quirky sense of humour and don't mind a quick 'n easy read (170 pages), then it's worth a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT SO MUCH! NEW FAVOURITE BOOK! Aug. 26 2013
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This book is very Addams Family-ish! If you're an Addams Family fan, you're going to LOVEEEEE this! New favourite book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Humor with a Ray of Sunshine Aug. 5 2013
By Helen Ginger - Published on
The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule is book of black humor. Long ago, there used to be a cartoon character who always walked with a black cloud hanging above his head. His sadness was nothing compared to the invisible black clouds that follow these characters. Everyone in the Tuvache family, along with just about everyone in their town, is depressed. Their only joy is The Suicide Shop, which carries a vast array of ways to kill yourself.

No one smiles when they come to the shop, even when they find the perfect-for-them suicide tools.

But then the unthinkable happens. A happy child is born to the Tuvache family and he refuses to step into the darkness and follow his family. He is the oddball in town and an enigma to his family.

This book was almost depressing, as person after person comes into the shop looking for ways to kill themselves. The Tuvaches have an unlimited list of methods to get the job done. And yet, there is Alan's tiny smile and joy that bring light to the shop, much to the chagrin of the family and shoppers.

Can the smile of one boy change his family? His town? Or will he succumb to the doom and gloom?

If you like dark humor, you'll probably like this book. I give The Suicide Shop a rating of Hel-of-a-Twist.
While The Suicide Shop is dark humor, it also has a small ray of sunshine, but like most dark stories, there is always an unexpected twist to the story.
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