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by Marc Etkind


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Suicide notes simply should not be read by strangers – Marc Etkind – A befitting opening to a book about suicide notes

The first book of its kind,. Suicide notes simply should not be read by strangers – Marc Etkind – A befitting opening to a book about suicide notes. As I read through the notes, I had this longing to know the author. I wanted to know their demons; I wanted to know their pain; I wanted to know the person.

A collection of suicide notes accompanied by a brief description of who the individual was, what their note meant

A collection of suicide notes accompanied by a brief description of who the individual was, what their note meant. This he does for enjoyment. Then it talks about what he does for a living) If that doesn't tell you how cavalier his approach is to suicide, I don't know what will. Clearly, the value of this book is the notes themselves.

The first book of its kind,. Or Not to Be offers rare insights into the lives-and deaths-of such luminaries as Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath, Diane Arbus, Jim Jones, Anne Sexton, Hermann Goering, Kurt Cobain, and Yukio Mishima, via their last letters and suicide notes.

In 1997, a book by Marc Etkind called. Whether the team will be successful remains to be seen, but for western societies, the issue is pressing.

The first book of its kind",. Or Not to Be" offers rare insights into the lives-and deaths-of such luminaries as Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath, Diane Arbus, Jim Jones, Anne Sexton, Hermann Goering, Kurt Cobain, and Yukio Mishima, via their last letters and suicide notes.

Fortunately, author Marc Eiklund is not content to stop there and write a morbid little novelty, admitting in his introduction that reading suicide notes is "pornograph. uicide notes simply should not be read by strangers. It seems like a contradictory premise, but Eiklund's purpose here is to educate.

Suicide Notes Author Marc Etkind has put together a book of notes written by people who committed suicide Or Not To Be, A Collection of Suicide Notes.

Suicide Notes Author Marc Etkind has put together a book of notes written by people who committed suicide. Etkind tells Ray the book includes notes written over the last two hundred years, and the subject and tone of the notes range from despair, to the mystery of death and even pure spite Or Not To Be, A Collection of Suicide Notes Or Not To Be" is published by Riverhead Books.

Or Not to Be: A Collection of Suicide Notes by Marc Etkind. I say. I’m just saying. they’re not all gems. It’s kind of fascinating. Forget it. It’s messed u. .She reaches for the book, but I hang on. We both hold the book and also intense eye contact. I think she might be waiting for me to kiss her, but if I’m wrong. Or she might just be trying to read me, trying to figure out if I’m actually offended that she bought me a book of suicide notes

A collection of real suicide notes from individuals who have taken their lives. I’m not sure why I’m writing this I was raised in a family where I went to church every Sunday and wa.

A collection of real suicide notes from individuals who have taken their lives. I’m not sure why I’m writing this. I went online to look up information on suicide: statistics, methods and all that stuff. I was raised in a family where I went to church every Sunday and was taught the importance of faith and God in our lives. It doesn’t help me. I got hur. a. hen I was a child. I was hurt in a way that no person, no little child should be hurt. I think about suicide on a daily basi. ometimes it’s all that I can think about. I’ve been hospitalized for attempts before.

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A collection of suicide notes accompanied by a brief description of who the individual was, what their note meant, and the circumstances which led up to their suicide

Comments: (7)

Arador
Great coffee table book for guests to start up a conversation. Also impressed with the actual number of notes and attempted notes. However I will echo other comments that the author frequently interjects his own OPINION in between writing. I put the word opinion in capital letters because his opinions are often dictated as if they were absolute fact - usually in the form of a disrespectful comment likely put in to discourage others from committing suicide. But the fact is that no one really knows what pain a person must be going through to actually go through with such a terrible act, and I found it rude that the author would frequently insult or discredit the persons last words - albeit for a noble reason; it still gets in the way. To make matters worse, there were frequent moments where I simply did not agree with Etkind's opinions which were purely subjective. In the end, after purchasing this book and reading a collection of suicide notes the only opinion that matters is that of the reader. And reading this book and forming your own educated thoughts about the subject is what reading this book should be about..... Just my two cents.
Dagdalas
Of the two books I could find on the topic I enjoyed this one more because in addition to the notes themselves the author gives a bit of historical insight to the topic.
Bladebringer
Well, that's all I can complain about it. This is a very well organized book, with a factual tone.
Instead of just containing quoted suicice notes, the author also chips in his interpretations and comments. The comments could have easily been pretentious and intrusive had the author not been insightful and careful. I love those comments that bind seemingly unrelated final notes together.
If only it could contain more stuff!
Enditaling
Depressing and hilarious. Mostly depressing.
crazy mashine
I don't like being required to write these with a certain amount of words. That is what makes me not even give a review. It keeps saying there is a problem with my review! ARGH!
BORZOTA
and pretty fun to read. went more in-depth as to statistics, etc. than i expected. that added a whole other fascinating layer to it.
Silverbrew
I uncovered my copy of "...or not to be" beneath some shirts on my floor and leafed through it again. What struck me the first time I read this years ago and again today was the sad fact that this fascinating subject landed in the hands of such a terrible author. How he got this published, I'll never know.

While the notes in this book are interesting by their nature, Marc Etkind's commentary displays the depth of his ignorance of suicide as well as his disdain for it. In no way does this book touch upon the psychological, philosophical complexity of suicide. His interpretations, at best, are amateurish and void of meaning. At its worst, they are condescending and cruel. Here is the last sentence of the introduction to the book, written by Etkind -

"The following collection will allow the reader to decide just how good a correspondent the suicide note-writer really is."

Um, Mr. Etkind? This isn't a book about correspondence or letter writing 101. How far off base can this guy get? In the small biography about Etkind at the end of the book, it reads, "Marc Etkind has probably read more suicide notes than anyone else. This he does for enjoyment." (Then it talks about what he does for a living) If that doesn't tell you how cavalier his approach is to suicide, I don't know what will.

Clearly, the value of this book is the notes themselves. I regret this book wasn't written by someone who actually has an interest in suicide and suicide notes rather than childish enjoyment. It could have been very informative; to get a unique view into the minds of those who left by their own hand. Even if it had been purely for entertainment, lacking serious overtones, that could have worked too.

Marc Etkind is neither serious nor entertaining. He didn't bother to mask his contempt, bias or lack of understanding about suicide and it shows. Two stars. Both for the rare and interesting subject matter. As for Marc Etkind? His enjoyment in collecting these notes is anything but enjoyable for the reader. Read the notes and the backstories, they are compelling. Skip the rest.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The suicide notes were unique and interesting. Suicide is tragic, but at the victim's discretion may be the only way for elemental peace. I have dealt with depression in myself and loved ones and am always wanting to know "Why?". I never encourage suicide and recommend to anyone considering it to ask themselves "Is it worth it?". Death is the ultimate and final answer and I enjoyed reading the victim's last thoughts. I find it romantically depressing and through others mistakes and misfortunes I have found some light in myself.

The author was unforgiving and naive. His critiques prove he lacks empathy and is unwilling to accommodate the feelings and needs of others. Anyone who suffers from, or has been around severe depression knows that it has no logically and clearly defined answer, and I believe that is what the author is expecting.

Suicide is extensively lamenting, but I believe agony through others may come help for others. It is interesting, regardless.
...Or Not to Be: A Collection of Suicide Notes download epub
Death & Grief
Author: Marc Etkind
ISBN: 1573225800
Category: Self-Help
Subcategory: Death & Grief
Language: English
Publisher: Riverhead Trade; 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed edition (February 1, 1997)
Pages: 114 pages