Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé

Publisher: Gallic Books
With the twenty-first century just a distant memory and the world in environmental chaos, many people have lost the will to live. And business is brisk at The Suicide Shop. Run by the Tuvache family for generations, the shop offers an amazing variety of ways to end it all, with something to fit every budget. The Tuvaches go mournfully about their business, taking pride in the morbid service they provide. 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. (Description from BookDepository)

"Has your life been a failure? Let's make your death a success." In a world where there's nothing to live for, a world plagued by pollution, desertification, crime, the Suicide Shop helps depressed, devastated, sad, weary people put an end to their lives. Poisons? Ropes? Swords? Napalm? Guns? Deadly animals? Death kiss? They have it all and much more! Madame Tuvache prepares the poisons, Monsieur Tuvache instructs their customers on the best way to commit suicide (drowning, seppuku, poisoned apple, defenestration etc.), Marilyn (Monroe) Tuvache dispenses the Death kiss, Vincent (van Gogh) Tuvache is planning a deadly amusement park, and then there's Alan. Alan (Turing) Tuvache is the child that laughs, the little boy that brings a ray of sunshine in the shop and that with his good spirits will change the lives of those around him. 
The Suicide Shop is a story that cheers you up, showing us that life is worth living even when everything seems black, irreparable, lost. There can't be black without white, darkness without light. The book begins in darkness and, shockingly, in darkness it ends. 

Jean Teulé

Jean Teulé (born 26 February 1953, in Saint-Lô, Manche) is a French novelist, cartoonist and screenwriter. He is the partner of the actress Miou-Miou.
Jean’s book, Le magasin des suicides, has been turned into a film called, The Suicide Shop. It screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, CA, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Wikipedia)

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