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The Suicide Flowers by [Conrad, Pete]
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Length: 264 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lulu Press; Second edition (20 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MXAVW84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a way to start a book?...

The vomit seemingly took Gabriel by surprise as he laid his left cheek on the left side of the toilet seat. Half of the retch landed in the toilet, while the remainder skimmed over the right side of the toilet seat and slapped onto the floor. Gabriel was in the final stages of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.

...So, not a bright start to a book. I read books for pleasure and get a lot of enjoyment from reading novels. The Suicide Flowers has many rave reviews on Goodreads, so I thought I would buy a copy and give it a go.

This novel has two central characters, Gabriel - with his terminal illness and Raeburn - the lead singer of the rock band Aluminum Jesus. Chapters alternate between Gabriel and Raeburn as this novel crawls to it’s death.

What started off as a challenging read for me, turned into a bore. You knew that Gabriel’s days were numbered and I developed no empathy for Raeburn. The story rambled on and on in a way a fan would rant about music from an artist you can’t stand the sound of. I got no pleasure from reading this book and there were no surprises as this story bled to it’s death. The plot progression was very predictable and the issues of coping with a terminal illness were NOT fully exploited.

The Suicide Flowers was a big let down for me, it did not enlighten or entertain me. It had all the hallmarks of a made-for-tv movie, one that you would switch off at the first advert break. But because I bought a copy of this sorry book, I read it to the deadly end. I did not feel any grief or loss at the end but relief that I could move on to a better book in my growing collection.
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This novel begins with two men vomiting: Gabriel because of the chemotherapy for his leukemia, and rock star Raeburn Messiah after yet another bout of alcohol and drugs. Don't let that put you off; it is an effective beginning for the marvelous story that follows. For roughly the first half of the book, the author Pete Conrad develops these two characters in parallel, intertwining their personal and family histories. Raeburn is not a very appealing man; he is arrogant and cruel to his colleagues in the band, to his fans, and to his girl-friend Bunny. Gabriel, suffering his illness and fate as bravely as he can, has been a life-long fan of Raeburn. Gabriel's wife, Isabelle, arranges for the rock-star to meet his dying, best fan in his hospital room. This meeting sets off a number of turbulent events and revelations, some very emotional, some tragic. I would not have guessed the conclusion; it is unexpected, but it is believable and satisfying.

Pete Conrad's characterizations and writing style are excellent. And his use of imagery is vividly effective: for example, the tattered 20 year old T-shirt, African Violets, a dog's last car ride.

In the end this is a story of love, death, friendship, family and redemption. This novel is very well-written, well-edited, and it works. It's a five star good read, and I highly recommend it.

Review by Mike, pen name Raymond Barrie
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The Suicide Flowers is a great book! It revolves around Gabriel, a man dying from a rare form of cancer and his idol, Raeburn Messiah, a rock god who is also self-destructive. During a hospital stay, Gabriel's wife, Isabelle, sees a poster about a charity group who arranges special visits/events for the terminal patients. Isabelle arranges it for Gabriel to meet Raeburn Messiah, Gabriel's hero.

I loved how the book delves the history of the two main characters telling us their backstories. At first, I really didn't like Raeburn. He seemed to be a bit of a twit, but...well, I really don't want to spoil the book for everyone.

I definitely would recommend this book to people as it has fully developed characters who really grow on you. It is all about connections and surviving in the face of insurmountable situations.
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This is a great story about two characters, Raeburn the famous rock singer and his biggest fan Gabriel. Gabriel is dying of cancer and Raeburn is dying a musical death. Gabriel's lovely wife Isabelle arranges for Raeburn to visit him in hospital, as a dying wish, and they go for a drive together. In its most simple form that is the story! So why did I so love this book and read it so quickly?
The characters are wonderfully vivid and real, and the quality writing is very emotive. As well as the relationship between the singer and his fan, both men have women in their lives and I really felt the pain the women experienced because of their men.
So I loved the interaction of the different characters and then along came a great twist in the story and a surprise ending.
Simply a five star read!
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