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Veronika Decides to Die Kindle Edition
Mass Market Paperback, Import
About the Author
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks.
Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004XOZ9DC
- Publisher : HarperCollins; New edition (28 April 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 6874 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 211 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,494 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reading the title would make you assume it's only about why Veronika, well, decided to die. But it's so much more than that. The book explores how people perceive life. Difficulties faced by them. And how they can be cured of their monotonous, boring life with a little madness. Everyone is capable of madness but the right amount can make all the difference.
“Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.”
There were moments when that made me go WTF. Most of it was when Dr. Igor starts on his discovery of Vitriol. Other than that, the book gets 4 shiny stars.
As it's said to the kids, the moral of the story (for me): follow your passion. Do things to make your soul happy and let your crazy out every once in a while.
As I was reading the book, I found out that the emotions that the girl feel inside the hospital are usually the same we all feel in our daily lives living in our society. It motivates us to live freely, not to waste even a second about what others say or feel about you. Those people are not living your life. There are people who wants us to live our life like they want, like the society has intended for us. This book forces us to question that are they right to do so? Do we want to live like that? Do we want to live our life suppressing our desires just because society thinks its taboo? Are we going to do the same with future generation?
This book made me think all those questions. As I kept on reading, I found the answer to those question.
This book made me feel so special that after finishing it, the first thought that came in my mind is to write a review about it so that more & more people read it & live their life without any guilt or shame about what they desire or how they want to live.
So, just go for it without thinking twice because .well, its Paulo Coelho.... Happy Reading....
Paulo Coelho has shown his reader's a vision of paradise, indeed!
It has changed my perspective strongly. If you're also stagnant in life, monotonous, expecting nothing from life then must read Veronica decides to die.
It is better than any self-help book!
If psychology, as a subject, has ever been as your interest, then this book is for you!
The novel tells the story of Veronica, a depressed girl who has recently survived a suicide attempt.
Waking up in a mental asylum, she is told that her heart has been grievously damaged by the sleeping pills she had taken. Now she is left with only a week to live and the rest of the story is about her experiences and the emotional ride in her race against time; how she strives to do everything that she missed out on. The story is about her sudden shift of perspective and how she comes to love herself once again; in the face of approaching death.
Read the book to experience that very love for your self 😊😊
✨ These lines have really inspired me into taking less stress on myself. Usually we worry a lot as to what troubles we might be causing the people around us. Negative thoughts often come to our minds but we have to channel them into something positive or better deviate your mind elsewhere. ✨
👱🏻♀️ This book is about Veronika, a young woman from Slovenia, who decides to commit suicide by overdosing with sleeping pills.
But her plans are ruined and she wakes up in Vilette, a mental hospital in Slovenia.
She is told that she has only a week to live due to heart condition caused by the overdose. She decides to live her remaining life doing things that she did not allow herself to do otherwise. She comes across Eduard, suffering from schizophrenia, and they fall in love.❤️
In the meantime, Villette's head psychiatrist, Dr. Igor, attempts a fascinating but provocative experiment: can you "shock" someone into wanting to live by convincing her that death is imminent?😇
Whenever people ask me which is my favourite Paulo Coelho book and what would I recommend, I always recommend this book. This one has really touched my heart. Any depressed soul reading this would want to live atleast a day more.
We often take our lives for granted, but we should definitely take out time for things we really enjoy doing. .
And if you havent read this book, do give it a try!! 👍🏻
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For me this is a book that I truly enjoyed the first time although how the book crossed my path I can not quite recall. To read it again and have the same wonderful feelings and be able to relive the aspects of the book, to capture its uniqueness and quality.
The book is all about a young woman who decides to one day to end her life, an existence that is tedious, without promise and lacking any future she wants to be part of looking forward. A clever piece of writing shows her considering the method and best means to accomplish her wish. The writer does not dwell on the negative aspects or make suicide appear an easy way out.
For spoiler alert, she does not die as planned. However, she is taken to a mental asylum and treated in intensive care initially.
What then follows is Veronika’s interaction with other patients and for the purpose of the novel they are not nearly as mad as they need to be, but fall under the strange system of Dr Igor. The patients have learned that this pretty young woman, Veronika,, has irreparable damage to her heart and has barely a week to live because of the self-inflicted harm.
The book is then an exploration into what it is to be mad. Through her interactions with other patients different stories are shared into what brought them to this modern mental institution.
As the week progresses Veronika wants to embrace life more than the death which awaits her. Not at a time of her choosing now but when her heart gives up and stops beating.
Some macabre old treatments are shown and at times you feel the patients are more in control than the staff.
I loved the despair shared, and the hope to live in the moment. The time this story is set in points to an older, less progressive regime where mental hospitals were being looked at again and in the U.K. many were closed down. Good and bad staff are seen for what they can be. It give the author scope to ridicule contemporary ideas about treatments and this in turn allows him to speak about mental health.
The presence of Veronika acts as a force for change and allows those she meets to make life changing decisions. But it is this concept of madness that is most interesting and how a place of safety, asylum from the conformity of life can give one respite and a hope in the future.
Ideas flourish in this novel about faith, expectations of others, pressures of work and need to please all contributing to stress, anxiety, depression and fear. That to hold views that contrast and which are at odds with prevailing thought can be seen as madness. But as Veronika learns it is only when the things that make us different and mark us out as being individual that life can be lived with a hope for tomorrow.
A remarkable book that should be taught in schools and championed as the classic it is to enable people to talk about mental health and wellbeing.
What doesn’t work in the book, for me anyway, and reading other reviews it seems a common complaint, is the way the story shifts point of view in an arbitrary manner, taking away from rather than adding to the value of the piece. The author manages to insert himself into one of the chapters for no good reason, sticking to the afterword would have been more effective. Following Veronika’s journey closely to its conclusion would have been far more satisfying, instead the narrative jumps between patients and the doctor. It doesn’t commit to the story, and perhaps this is to reflect that Veronika didn’t commit to her life. But it doesn’t feel like a metaphor or a clever device. It feels lazy and ill thought out.
It is a good story, but it isn’t as great a book as I’ve come to expect from Coelho.
Coelho is a wonderful writer.
Limited story, but a great read if you feel you are in need of some perspective.