A Cure for Suicide

A Cure for Suicide

A Novel

Book - 2015
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From the author of Silence Once Begun, a beguiling new novel about a man starting over at the most basic level, and the strange woman who insinuates herself into his life and memory.

A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an "examiner," the man, her "claimant." The examiner is both doctor and guide, charged with teaching the claimant a series of simple functions: this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. She makes notes in her journal about his progress: he is showing improvement yet his dreams are troubling. One day the examiner brings the claimant to a party, where he meets Hilda, a charismatic but volatile woman whose surprising assertions throw everything the claimant has learned into question. What is this village? Why is he here? And who is Hilda? A fascinating novel of love, illness, despair, and betrayal, A Cure for Suicide is the most captivating novel yet from one of our most audacious and original young writers.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101870129
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 18, 2017

Totally agree with previous poster. Interesting idea and reminds me a bit of "Never Let Me Go." There's a feeling of something terrible must be going on, but as with Ishiguro (in my humble humble opinion) I feel a bit let down. There is so much build-up that there will be such a horrific revelation at the end, but the revelation seems like a whispered affirmation. I suppose it's more realistic or truthful way to tell a story.

Aug 31, 2015

Interesting in some conceptual ways, but too abstract to be really engaging and readable.


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