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The Suicide Academy

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Imagine a place where you can go to work out whether you want to live or die. And you have exactly 24 hours to decide. On New Year's day, Wolf Walker, the director of the Academy struggles to survive, and is thrown by the arrival of his gentile ex-wife and her lover.
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Published October 1st 1997 by Syracuse University Press
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Nick Duretta
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were some thought-provoking concepts in this one, but it seemed dated (it was written in the late 1960s). The premise of an "academy" dedicated to helping people with suicidal tendencies make a choice between life and death (preferably death) is intriguing, but the story quickly bogged down in the crisis of identity the academy's director (and novel's protagonist) is having: as a Jew, as a divorcee still in love with his ex-wife, as a man being pulled away from a passion for living. The id ...more
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Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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The word 'academy' in the title seems like a misnomer. The people who visit the so-called Suicide Academy don't really learn anything, but rather are given the space to decide whether they want to live or die.

It's an interesting idea, and I actually would have preferred more exploration of that idea and the ethical ramifications, rather than the personal life of the Academy's Director.
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