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Suicide Club - Review

I am a certain age and the theme tune to the very good film, MASH by Johnny Mandell was one of my faves, it certainly made me feel and think about the futility of war and life itself, all maudlin here...

Is Suicide painless? rumour has it, says Adele, that no, it hurts, but you soon forget.

Now I am another certain age, albeit a mere Sub 100 still, well over half way and wondering though...

What would it be like to hit 100 or 150 and still feel alive and well, still working and interacting?

Weird, I'd say, as we crave relaxation and freedom from work and aim for 'stopping' at a set age whether that is 65 or more...

So, Rachel has been thinking and has developed a world, not unlike ours, but with some strange situations.

It is very thought provoking and quite compelling, very simple and yet also very profound, I was quite moved at times, she certainly echoes Orwell, Huxley and Atwood et all, but, she hasn't gone full on revolution and political, she is more urbane and personal.

She delves very cleverly into the psyche of a committed Lifer aiming for the almost created Immortality, would you want it? Lea is never sure, her background says she would, she has things happen that make her think and do things differently.

She appears to have it all, a fab apartment with access to a luxury pool, air con and a fab HiFi with relic CDs of Opera and such, one is particularly relevant a sit features a Swedish Singer of high repute, who may even be still alive. Cetainly as we meet others we find out this is a thread throughout the book, the future, which is cunningly hidden as 'soon' and 'no real difference from now' is one with a regime in place of Live Healthy and shunning bad stuff, like meat, jazz and political unrest. All very simply and cleverly done, we all know we need to live better lives, but at what price.