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Should We Stay or Should We Go

Shriver, Lionel

  1 Reviews

The pact that Kay and Cyril Wilkinson make to lead their best lives and then end it all/commit suicide when they turn eighty and eighty-one respectively, always seemed so sensible and Kay's 80th birthday a long way off. But now it's 2020, the time is nigh and they are faced with the dilemma: should we stay or should we go?

Presented through twelve thoughtful and entertaining scenarios, readers accompany Kay and Cyril through these alternate futures all woven through with the familiar challenges of contemporary living, whether it be coronavirus or climate change. [Small-medium font]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"The structure is very clever. Each of the possibilities are bound together in such a way that the reader never wonders what is happening, the fluidity of moving from one possibility to another is deft."

"A very original story by a 5-star writer - loved it."

"While I had some reservations about the writing, there is some imagery that is vivid and amusing."

"Very well written. It makes the reader think about how and when they would like their life to end."

"This could be a very difficult read for people in similar circumstances to the characters."

"It's quite philosophical - what is the point of human existence and do families matter."

"I found the 12 choices all different and highly entertaining. Those in these same circumstances may not find it so funny!"

Pages
266
Year
2021

Reviews

AUCK 385
30-06-2022
Mixed reviews - but it certainly sparked a lot of discussion around age and euthanasia, so led to a very good meeting.