woensdag 10 juni 2015

Jean Teulé: The Suicide Shop


This review is about ‘The Suicide Shop’, a 169-page novel from the French writer Jean Teulé.
I got it from bol.com a very long time ago.

 “Has your life been a failure? Let's make your death a success 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.”

This is a very entertaining read. It made me smile; it’s very unique, silly, absurd and so amusing. A light-hearted, easy and quick read.
The ‘goods’ they sell, or rather the ways to kill oneself in this novel are ridiculous and utterly laugh-out-loud fun.
Every member of the family is unique in an almost Addams Family way. They are all painted so visually and larger than life; I was able to see them right before me.

It’s not an exceptional novel, it’s not ‘Real Literature’ or a Classic but just great fun.
Just one thing though, instead of placing this in a dystopian future and not building this world; this novel would have worked in the present too. Or even better, because the setting doesn’t add anything to the novel.

The morale? Life is how you see it. Black or white. Good or bad.

Happy reading!