The Suicide Shop

The Suicide Shop


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The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906040093
Publisher: Gallic Books Limited
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 169
Sales rank: 1,151,898
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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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The Suicide Shop 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Bookbadger More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of dark comedy, gallows humor or stories with an Addam's Family twist to them, you will LOVE The Suicide Shop with all your black heart. It is the story of a dystopian world in which resources are few and happiness is rare. Therefore the Suicide shop, run by a rather morbid family, does a brisk business in various creative ways to off yourself; from poisonous kisses to sturdy hanging ropes and a bowl of Russian roulette candy for children (you might get a poisoned candy, and you might not). There's the matriarch, who loves cooking up trouble, the father who always keeps his eye on the bottom line, the brother who is anorexic and emo-gloomy and the sister who thinks she's ugly, and therefore not worthwhile to anyone. But the fly in the family ointment is the youngest family member, conceived by accident, who is always optimistic, always happy and always trying to thwart those who come into the suicide shop, looking for a way out. Hilarity ensues as the youngest child tries to turn everyone's hearts around to falling in love with life. Anyone who enjoys all things French and existentialist will love this book.
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
VERDICT: A quirky and hilarious French novel, typical of Teulé, about finding and spreading happiness. Teulé actually got the idea of this novel while researching for his book on the life of the French poet Verlaine. He read about a periodical founded by poets, called The Suicide Shop. This is a very hilarious book, with a great message, though the ending is bittersweet. The Tuvache family is running a unique shop, providing their customers with all kinds of mean to put an end to their lives. You have to realize the story happens some time down the line, when life is hardly bearable on Earth, because of pollution and terrorism. Their business is thriving, until they give birth to Alan (there’s a neat explanation on his name!), who already smiled to the customers as a baby. This is totally out of line with the profile of the shop! Alan grows into a very cheerful and optimistic boy to the utter horror of his parents, his brother and sister, as it could drive away customers. ‘He only ever notices the bright side of things,’ sighs Lucrèce, raising a hand that trembles with indignation. ‘We force him to watch the TV news to try and demoralize him’. location 206 The characters are totally hilarious, each with his/her own debilities and idiosyncrasies. The customers as well! And it is quite creative the things you can find in this shop! Alan’s optimism and love get gradually contagious on the members of his family, and little by little turn upside down the very purpose of the shop. I really enjoyed the message of the book, on how to find happiness in everything and how it can be your mission in life. Their collective happiness, their sudden faith in the future and those radiant smiles on their faces are his life ’s work. location 1160 There are also lough out loud passages on the government, but you would not expect less from a French author, would you? The government, recognizing its own incompetence and its culpability, has decided to commit mass suicide tonight , live on TV! Can you prepare what’s needed? location 1072 Let me specify that the translation was fabulous. I know how difficult it is to translate humor. This was flawless and so much fun, even in English. Of course I didn’t like the ending of the book, but knowing Teulé, I was actually expecting it and it didn’t come as a surprise. Typically quirky French literature!
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Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule (the last name should have an accent mark over the final "e", but I have no clue how to insert that) 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..
raven_blood More than 1 year ago
it was an ok read,pretty funny but I just couldnt seem to get into the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was struck by its wittiness and insightful humor!!