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The Suicide Shop

The Suicide Shop

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by Jean Teule
     
 

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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

Overview

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

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
The Tuvache family has a lucrative business selling their customers every imaginable device for committing suicide. A few centuries in the future, when environmental catastrophe is an everyday occurrence, most people are desperate and looking for assured methods with which to end their lives. However, to the Tuvaches' horror, Alan, the newest member of the family, is born with a joyous disposition and an impish desire to bring happiness into the lives of his family and the morose customers of the Suicide Shop. In a style reminiscent of Charles Addams's cartoons about his macabre Addams Family, Teulé, a French author and filmmaker, creates this blackly humorous story with a delicate touch as Alan's influence reaches even the most hardened family members. VERDICT While Teulé writes in a comedic style and much of this novella (which has been turned into a successful animated film) is charming, this book is not recommended for readers who have experienced the suicide of a family member or friend. With its ambiguous ending, this title is only for lovers of extremely black comedy. It will appeal to those who enjoyed Chuck Palahniuk's Survivor or Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and to Charles Addams's fans. [Gallic Books is a six-year-old British publisher specializing in French literature.—Ed.]—Andrea Kempf, formerly with Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906040093
Publisher:
Gallic Books Limited
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
169
Sales rank:
1,173,823
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Jean Teulé 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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