Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika Decides to Die 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 ye

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 lackinIn 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 el

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  1. The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time Other titles include Brida 1990 , The Valkyries 1992 , By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept 1994 , the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S o Paulo entitle Maktub 1994 , the compilation of texts Phrases 1995 , The Fifth Mountain 1996 , Manual of a Warrior of Light 1997 , Veronika decides to die 1998 , The Devil and Miss Prym 2000 , the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren 2001 , Eleven Minutes 2003 , The Zahir 2005 , The Witch of Portobello 2006 and Winner Stands Alone to be released in 2009 During the months of March, April, May and June 2006, Paulo Coelho traveled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella in 1986 He also held surprise book signings announced one day in advance in some cities along the way, to have a chance to meet his readers In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok During this experience Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path The Pilgrimage in order to share with his readers his impressions Since this first blog Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in Wordpress, Myspace Facebook He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold new project The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt to the screen his book The Witch of Portobello Indeed Paulo Coelho is a firm believer of Internet as a new media and is the first Best selling author to actively support online free distribution of his work.

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  1. Pretty, single, 24 year old Veronika decides to die for two reasons, both of them phony one, because she realizes she will one day be old and two, because a lot of things are wrong in this world She then takes a lot of sleeping pills While waiting to die, as if she s waiting for her cat to finish drinking its milk, Veronika decides to read a magazine and then write to the editor of that magazine Which made the scene cartoonish.This rare combination of phoniness and cartoonishness gelled and gave [...]

  2. Fantastic read Awesome I could not put the book down Veronika Decides to Die just read the title again cides to die How many times have you said to yourself, at least I have, Ahh I don t care, I don t really want to live any , without even thinking about the meaning of it.So Veronika said the same thing and decided to do something about it Why Nothing bad had happened to Veronika, she was beautiful, had a regular life very ordinary though but normalShe decided that it was not exciting enough, an [...]

  3. Veronika is a 24 year old Slovenian woman who one day decides to kill herself, apparently because 1 everything in her life was the same and, once her youth was gone, it would be downhill all the way and 2 everything is wrong with the world and she feels powerless to make things right After she takes an overdose of sleeping pills, Veronika wakes up in a mental asylum and the remainder of the book is, basically, a series of interactions between Veronika and a number of the inhabitants of the asylu [...]

  4. this shitty, whiny book in a nutshell, which is all it deserves a simple, trite, self indulgent allegory that poorly contemplates the similarities between genius and insanityi think this is the worst passage i ve read so far Vitriol was a toxic substance whose symptoms he had identified in his conversations with the men and women he had met Now he was writing a thesis on the subject, which he would submit to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences for its scrutiny It was the most important step in the [...]

  5. 90 Veronika decide morrer Veronika Decides To Die On the Seventh Day 2 , Paulo Coelho 1378 236 1378 1379 1380 1381 1386 1388 20 .

  6. At about 50 pages in, it s a little frightening how much I ve identified with Veronika thus far, how much I understand her rationale for wanting to die She can only see one path unfolding for herself, and it s one she can t stomach I get that But unlike Veronika I haven t given up hope that my path may yet fork off in unexpected and exciting directions.I also read and think there must be a certain kind of comfort in going truly insane Not this garden variety neurosis I experience, but really, di [...]

  7. The best way to describe this book is it makes no sense whatsoever Of course, you may say Well, Xandra, Paulo Coelho is a profound man, a philosopher Not everyone gets him Yeah, ok I can t possibly argue with that NowVeronika is a young Slovenian woman who decides to kill herself because her youth is almost gone and the world is a fucked up place What Yes, she is Slovenian What do you mean why I don t know why I guess it s exotic this way Shut up Ugh, I m talking to myself again Paulo Coelho is [...]

  8. 2 bemused yes bemused stars.Veronika has a mild personality disorder and attempts a serious suicide attempt She is placed in a private psych hospital in the capital of Slovenia She is beautiful and artistic and hypersexual and special I suspect that this is the way Mr Coelho views himself as well Through pretentious and contrived conversations and situations filled with half facts, pseudo wisdom and a whole lot of malarkey she is cured This is not a novel but rather a vehicle for Mr Coelho to br [...]

  9. For people who are concerned only superficially with the subject complex, the book is perhaps quite suitable.I found it very terrible and failed, especially in face of the fact that the approach could have a lot of potential, but this novel was anything but useful.

  10. This was really the worst book I ve ever read I don t know if it s a problem in the translation or not, but as much as I WANTED to like this book I just couldn t make myself I got about 60 pages away from the end before I realized that I didn t care about any of the characters and just wanted Veronika to die and get it over with.I think the worst part for me is that the author chose to write the second chapter about himself Generally speaking, I think it s admirable that he wanted to protect his [...]

  11. The thought of suicide is a great consolation by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night.Nietzsche I need a sign, that things are gonna change I need a reason to go on I need some hope And in the absence of hope, I need to stay in bed and feel like I might die today.Meredith Grey, Grey s Anatomy An awareness of death encourages us to live intensely But humans are all alike, she thought We have replaced nearly all of our emotions with fear This book allows the reader to reeval [...]

  12. Saat Asa Tak Lagi AdaAsa, Harapan, Impian, Angan angan, atau apapun namanya, selalu ada di benak semua orang Setiap kejadian yang menimpa seseorang, bisa jadi menstimulasi pikiran orang tersebut untuk mempunyai asa Dan semua orang berhak untuk itu Bagaimana seseorang menyikapi asa tersebut, semua ada ditangannya Mau diwujudkan atau tidak, terserah yang bersangkutan.Saat Sang Hidup mengajak saya bergulat melawan maut, saya dihadapi oleh dua pilihan Pertama, menyerah pada keadaan, untuk kemudian m [...]

  13. Veronika, an attractive 24 year old woman living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has loving parents, an okay job, decent boyfriends, and so on However she s tired of her routine life and tries to commit suicide Veronika s attempt fails and she wakes up in Villete, a local mental hospital There Veronika is told that her suicide attempt has severely damaged her heart and she has about a week to live Liberated from worries about going on with life and learning that mental patients are free to exhibit any b [...]

  14. After reading the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I decided that it was time to read another of his works This book was about Veronika and how she had decided to die, and attempted suicide She awakens from her attempt to realize that the attempt was not successful, but that she had cause damage to her heart with the medication that she had tried to overdose on and that she would die within days.Veronika uses her remaining time to reflect and through her own self discovery she realizes that she should [...]

  15. I totally, completely and utterly fail to understand this book However, as typically befalls me when I read a book by Paolo Coelho, I seem to recall a moment about four fifths of the way to the end when I had an epiphanic moment when I realised that although I had loathed the book from the start until that exact sentence, I suddenly understood it and could comprehend and possibly even accept though grudgingly that other people could like it and that it could possibly qualify as a Good Book.Howev [...]

  16. Giving this book 3 stars simply because I like Eduard I ve read three books by Paulo Coehlo so far Veronika Decides to Die,The Devil and Miss Prym and The Alchemist.And even though I gave three stars to all three of them,I keep going back to Coehlo.I love his characters,I guess that s what I like the most about his books.And his endings are the best.

  17. I actually was glancing through a book shop and when suddenly this book caught my attention I ve previously read The Alchemist and i thoroughly enjoyed it But veronica was pretty awesome In a sense, it was the truth of the western world and will be applicable to the eastern world which is actually involved all the time in copying the west And from a very depressed state, with no great ambitions or desire in everyday life, veronica decides that life is not worthy of living and after a failed atte [...]

  18. Death frees from the fear of dying Or so she s convinced right before she decides to end her existence.But fate has something entirely different set in store for her.Waking up in a mental asylum a couple of days later, Veronika s told that she will get what she desired for her death The attempt at her own life has damaged her heart irrevocably and now her days are numbered Just like that, her worst nightmare comes alive waiting for death.So what is it that made Veronika call quits She s gorgeous [...]

  19. I had heard so many things about Paul Coelho that I had to find out for myself what he was like The reviewers all seemed to hate him, but a couple of our au pairs said he was great.Well, I read Veronika Decides to Die, and in fact I quite enjoyed it But I also thought it would be wise to quit while I was ahead.

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