The Suicide Shop: “Has your life been a failure? Let’s make your death a success!”

#151 of 2011 • The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé, translated from the French by Sue Dyson [aka Zoë Barnes]. Published by Gallic Books.

After the inebriation of the Mawer-Bachelard Tag Team, I needed something not as emotionally consuming. What better book to read next than a French comedy about a suicide shop? Because that’s how I roll, kids. It’s short, simple, with a delightful premise, and a charming cast of characters—the Tuvache family who’s owned The Suicide Shop for generations, all of them named after key suicides; and the black sheep of the family, all sunny and blonde, greeting clients “See you soon,” instead of “Goodbye forever.” Ah, and all the people that want to die. Heh. Something might just be wrong with me, but there’s a gleeful liberation in being caught laughing at a book that so clearly says “suicide” on its cover.

PSA01 – People whose blog posts and reviews make more sense than this one: Chasing Bawa, Savidge Reads, and Vulpes Libris.

PSA02 – I bought The Suicide Shop from National Bookstore for PhP399. On impulse. Because I figured I’d never know when I’d need a book like this.

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6 comments

  1. Never heard of this, but you definitely caught my interest with your review!

  2. I would never go for “suicide shop” as not emotionally consuming, but it’s French, so it might just be the thing! I love their type of black humor.

  3. So, on Chasing Bawa this is called charming, and you liked it as “light reading”.. I would never have picked this up, but I admit now I’m intrigued.

  4. […] The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé. […]

  5. It was quite different from anything I’ve read before. I had been expecting something much darker but was pleasantly surprised. And thanks for the link.

  6. @Stephanie, @Alex, @Iris — My impulses and morbid curiosity paid off with this one. :) It’s really short, very light, definitely charming and funny. Yes, French humor is among the weirdest. Think of it as a chic, novella version of The Addams Family. :)

    @Sakura — No problem! Truth to tell, I was kind of relieved when I saw your review: it’s not so weird to chuckle at a book that treats suicides so glibly, hee.

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