Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika Decides to Die

Book - 1998
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In his latest international bestseller, the celebrated author of The Alchemist addresses the fundamental questions asked by millions: What am I doing here today? and Why do I go on living?

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for--youth and beauty, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.

Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up--at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn't kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.

The story follows Veronika through the intense week of self-discovery that ensues. To her surprise, Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients, who, each in his or her individual way, reflect the heart of human experience. In the heightened state of life's final moments, Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before--hatred, fear, curiosity, love, and sexual awakening. She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour emerges more open to life than ever before.

In Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho takes reader on a distinctly modern quest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst, soulless routine, and pervasive conformity. Based on events in Coelho's own life, Veronkia Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Poignant and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1998.
ISBN: 9780060196127
Characteristics: 210 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 31, 2015

A wonderful book. It will definitely give one with an open mind and heart an interesting perspective on what we consider "crazy" in today's society. It's also quite a statement on how we view death, the fear of it, and one's will to live.

Catmamakim Apr 01, 2015

Touching and mildly disturbing, causing introspection and understanding of self. An enjoyable and entertaining read.

IMolina3 Dec 08, 2014

Great delicious book, about that veronica tries to suicide her self, but fell to die and that's a lesson to learn about life not even oneself have the right to end the life, only god does! believe!

Mar 01, 2014

I loved The Alchemist so much that when I read some of the author's other books, I found it difficult to enjoy them as much as I did The Alchemist. Veronika Decides to Die was fairly good but sometimes it felt a bit strange and incomplete.

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fanichu Aug 19, 2013

great book!

Dec 20, 2012

The alchemist and this book are my favorite of all paulo coelho's book's!!!

Jan 02, 2012

I used to like his books. But now - there is no initial admiration.
He repeats himself in many ways, changing only names and places.
And his obsession with orgasms! The impression is that without them one cannot exist and feel satisfied.

hilarity_ensued Sep 28, 2011

My favorite of Coelho's books, by far. While the title would make you think otherwise, this is actually a very uplifting, inspiring story.
From the book cover: "Inspired by events in Coelho's own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal."

Jun 02, 2011

This book really makes you think, but in a good way. It's about life's decisions and why we make the choices we do. and why we tend to always take an easier route than the truly grand schemes we all could live. Life takes courage, and often we don't credit ourselves with having the courage to do things, when we really do, we're just so used to people, ourselves included, getting the shaft, so we play it safe as if it''s a card game we're betting on rather than the great game of life.
Read it. it's worth it

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