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Veronika Decides to Die (On the Seventh Day #2)

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Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

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Published (first published January 1998)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
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
Dec 27, 2007 Irina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read! Awesome! I could not put the book down!

“Veronika Decides to Die” – just read the title again….decides 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 anymore”, 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 normal
She decided that it was not
Gloria Mundi
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 th ...more
Feb 25, 2012 noelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-own, ebooks
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 insanity

i 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
Apr 09, 2009 Misha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, novel, loved-it
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
مصطفي سليمان
واحدة من اقرب الروايات الي قلبي

مع انها مغرقة في الحزن بشدة

من اول البداية واختيار فيرونيكا
للانتحار وناجتها
الجافة في المستشفي
والنظرات اللي بتشوفها في الناس
من نوعية
يا عيني يا حبيبتي
و عملتي في نفسك ليه

علاقتها بالبيانو
وباقي المرض

معرفش الفيلم اللي اتعمل ايه موقفه من الرواية

بس الرواية من الافضل للرائع باولو

تقراء في كوب شراب دافئ
في الشتاء

Sundos Halawani
Jun 01, 2011 Sundos Halawani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sundos by: Majed Linjawi
رواية غير اعتيادية أبدًا! نصحني بها أحد الأصدقاء
أول صفحات الرواية تبدأ بمشهد فتاة جميلة، لاينقصها من الحياة شيء.. تنتحر!
لتصحو فجأة وتجد نفسها في مستشفى للأمراض العقلية!!
رواية تتحدث عن الجنون بمعناه الغير اعتيادي.. رواية من الممكن أن أقول بعدها أننا جميعًا أو أغلبنا مجانين بطريقة أو أخرى!
يوجد بها بعض التجاوزات الجنسية، بمعنى أنني لن أسمح لأختي الصغيرة بقرائتها! :\
أبدع باولو كويلهو صراحة، أعجبتني بشدة أكثر من رواية الخيميائي التي تبدو اعتيادية جدًا من نظري..
أقتبس لكم منها قليلًلا:
"المجانين دائمًا
Sep 03, 2013 Jaidee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: two-stars-books

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. Coe
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, I might add. Not everyone gets him."
Yeah, ok. Can't possibly argue with that.
Veronika 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 more exotic this way. Shut up!
God, I'm talking
بثينة العيسى

هذه قصة التحول من الرغبة بالانتحار إلى الرغبة بتجرع الحياة حتى أقصاها. أعتقد بأننا - كلنا - نحتاج أن نستعيد هذه الرغبة!
ياسمين ثابت


الوعي بالموت يشجعنا على الحياة بكثافة اكثر
ان الذين يتجرأون في البحث عن المواضيع المحرمة تطلب ان يكونو على قدر كاف من الشجاعة وقدر كبير من عدم الاستيعاب

*أن الجنون هو العجز عن التعبير عن الافكار
فالأمر أشبه بالتواجد في بلد غريب حيث يمكنك رؤيتة كل ما يحيط بك و فهمه لكنك تعجزين عن التعبير عما تريدين معرفته او عن تلقي مساعدة أحدهم لأنك لا تفهمين اللغة

الرواية الثانية لباولو كويلو التي اقراها وربما كان خطأي اني قارنتها بالخيميائي
ولكني لاحظت تشابه بين الاثنين...كلاهما له هدف وهدف سام...كلامها
Ahmad Sharabiani
90. Veronika decide morrer = Veronika Decides To Die (On the Seventh Day #2), Paulo Coelho
ورونیکا تصمیم میگیرد بمیرد - پائولو کوئیلو (کاروان) ادبیات
عنوان: ورونیکا تصمیم میگیرد بمیرد؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئلیو؛ مترجم: آرش حجازی؛ تهران، کاروان، 1378؛ در 236 ص؛ مصور، عکس؛ چاپ پنجم 1378؛ ششم تا هشتم 1379؛ نهم تا یازدهم 1380؛ دوازده و سیزدهم 1381؛ نوزدهم 1386؛ بیست و دوم 1388؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی - قرن 20 م
ورونیکا، دختر جوانی که به دلیل آزادی مطلق و فراموشی ابدی به دنبال مرگ رفته، زندگی را
Mohammed Alsaleh
من أفضل روايات باولو على الإطلاق !

عن نفسي أضعها في المرتبة الثالثة طبعاً .. بعد 11 دقيقة والخيميائي
فيرونيكا .. تجن وتدخل مستشفى المجانين .. تقرر في داخله الموت وتنتظر لحظاته ..

وصف الانتظار ووصف شعور الجنون لدى باولو لم أقرأ له مثيل ..

ما يميّز باولو عن غيره .. أنه لا يغرقك في وصف الأشياء .. الناس الأشكال الظاهر التي تستيطع أن تميزها بعينك المجردة ..

لا !

باولو يغرقك في وصف الشعور الإحساس أعمال القلب كلها .. تتحرك كل عضلات قلبك اليابسة والساكنة لحظة أن تقرأ لباولو .. تحس أنه إنسان يتلاعب بالشعور ويغ
Apr 19, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Muhammed Hebala
Mar 31, 2014 Muhammed Hebala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
"The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night.

“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 more intensely."

"But humans are all alike, she thought. We have replaced nearly all of our emotions with fear."

This book allows the
May 13, 2008 lita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-english
Saat Asa Tak Lagi Ada

Asa, 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 kemud
Tareq Fares
هي رواية تكشف لك عالم المجانين لتصل في النهاية إلى قناعة بانك مجنون وان المرض الذي تعاني منه هو مقاومة شي حتمي في كل إنسان وهو انك مختلف عن جميع البشر، بان لديك ما يسعدك وما يحزنك وما يشعرك بالحرية او ما يجلب لك التعاسة امور خاصة بك انت وحدك غير انك كفرد في هذا المجتمع تجاري من حولك فتحاول ان تضحك معهم وتحزن معهم رغم اختلافنا الفطري.

وحتى وان اعتزلنا المجتمع سيصبح لنا مجتمعنا الخاص الذي سيكون له تقاليدة وعاداته المجنونة التي يجب بدورنا مجاراتها على حساب عواطفنا ورغباتنا. بطلة هذه الرواية شابة حاو
Aug 14, 2008 C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not even my worst enemy
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. ...more
Bharath rajeswaran
Nov 14, 2007 Bharath rajeswaran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the irritated teens
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 ...more
Norah Una Sumner
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.

Nov 03, 2007 LINDA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
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 shou
Jul 06, 2016 Sushi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Fedaa Muhammad
Jul 09, 2013 Fedaa Muhammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كالعادة ، مش ريفيو على قد ما هي أفكار مشتتة راودتني ، هاحاول أجمعها هنا..

*الرواية كنت هاقراها من فترة كبيرة جدًا ، وماحصلش، وأديني أهو قريتها دلوقتي، ف أكتر وقت مناسب تقريبًا على الإطلاق.
كنت لسه قبلها بفكر، ووصلت للإقناع بفكرة إن الواحد مننا فعلًا عنده حياة واحدة مش ألف، يعني أنا مش هاتنازل ف وحدة عن أحلامي عشان رغبات ناس تانيين مهما كانوا مين أو مهما أدّعوا مصلحتي، السنة اللي بتعدّي مش هاترجع تاني، ف إحنا ف غِنى عن التنازلات اللي بنقدمها ، لأي حد أيًا كان، فليكُن الأهل مثلًا، مش متخيلة إن فعلً
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.
May 27, 2016 Quike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İnsanlar bir şeyi kaybetmeden değerinin farkına varamıyorlar. Bu kitap sizlere bu konu hakkında farklı bir pencereden bakma fırsatı sunuyor. Psikolojik kitaplara ilgisi olanlara tavsiye ederim.Farklı hayatlardan kesitleri okurken kendi hayatınızdan da bi şeyler bulup durup şöyle bi düşünmemeniz imkansız. Anlayana güzel mesajlar var.
Fatema Hassan , bahrain
رواية تستحق كل المديح الذي سمعته عنها
إن تم تشريح الرغبة في الموت ، وتعريضها لإمتحان حقيقي لا عودة منه، و جبرها على بعض التريث
ستجد أنها ليست رغبة أصيلة، الحياة فقط هي الرغبة الخالصة وكلما استفقنا من أوهامنا ، نجدها أمامنا
إلى أن تقرر هي الرحيل بمشيئتها
أحببت الفكرة
Doaa Elattar
فيرونيكا قررت الموت لأنها لم تستطع الاعتياد على حياه أشبة بجسد ميت .... سئمت حياة اعتيادية ... كل شىء تفعلة فيها كما ينبغى أن يكون وليس كما تريد هى أن يكون ... سئمت الروتينيه وتشابة الأيام بحيث لا تسطع التمييز بينهم

سخيف أن تعيش الحياه كلها كأنها يوم واحد .... ورائع أن تعيش كل يوم وكأنه اليوم الأخير

اشتاقت فيرونيكا لمغامرة حتى وان كانت مغامرة الموت فهى أفضل من حياة شبيهه بالموت .... فيرونيكا علمتنى قيمة الحياة ... قيمة أن تحيا كما تريد لا كما يراد لك .... قيمة أن تكون نفسك لا أحد بعيد عنك تمام الب
Dec 30, 2007 أروى rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to أروى by: أماني
قرأت هذه الرواية وأنا فوق أعالي جبال الشفا في الطائف..

سألني أبي: ماذا تقرأين..

قلت له ..رواية عن فتاة تحاول الإنتحار ولا تنجح ثم تدخل مستشفى للأمراض العقلية..:):)

نظر إلي ولم يعلق..!

كما قالت أماني قبلاً:
رغم بساطة أسلوب كويلو إلا أنه كثيرا ما يترك لك بعض الفواكه لتلقطها طازجة من بين السطور..

في هذه الرواية لا تعلم وأنت تقرأ أي عالم هو الأكثر جنوناً..

عالم مستشفى المجانين ، أم العالم الخارجي الذي طفح فيه كل شيء مجنون..

يحاول الكاتب أن يفلسف الجنون عبر سطور الرواية في أنه فقط الإتيان بشيء مختلف، أو محا
Parece-me que o autor Paulo Coelho tentou explicar aos leitores o que é a loucura levando-nos a concluir que todas as pessoas são loucas à sua maneira.
Depois desta leitura também eu devia passar uns dias no asilo.

“Durante toda a sua vida, Veronika percebera que um imenso número de pessoas que ela conhecia comentavam os horrores da vida alheia como se estivessem muito preocupadas em ajudar – mas, na verdade, se compraziam com o sofrimento dos outros, porque isso as fazia crer que eram felizes, a
Oct 17, 2016 Esrafurkanyigit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yazardan okuduğum 2. Kitap ve yazar favorilerim arasına girdi tüm kitaplarını okuyacağım. Bu kitap kendime şu soruyu sormama neden oldu " ya seninde ölmene 5 gün varsa ? Neden bir şeyler yapmıyorsun?" Her günü bir mucize olarak yaşayın arkadaşlar ...
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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 in ...more
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