For Jessica, yes, reading the book first and see if the movie rendition is worhty. That's what I always do. LOL. And This is my favorite Coelho book.
I...moreFor Jessica, yes, reading the book first and see if the movie rendition is worhty. That's what I always do. LOL. And This is my favorite Coelho book.
In one his his many interviews Coelho said this is a book about life and death. Agreed 100%. It starts off with our protagonist Veronika's night when she deided to overdosed herself with sleeping pills. only to wake up in an asylum called the Villet, the doctor then explained how they managed to revived her but barely, she was told that she only have a few days to live. She then found and met interesting people. The horrifying treatments and the heartbreaking story of their life made me finish the book in one sitting.
I can never really describe how much this book change the way I view mental illness. Veronikas situation is so colloquial that I felt the depression that drove her to suicide. But like any other person looking outside the box I also feel that her stunt earned her a place in the aylum and then I got to know her, like Zedka, Mari and most especially Eduard.
In a society that one simple act of temporary violence is considered a disease thus said people are shunned by the public and most of their relative. Example: Mary, in a heated arguement with her co-worker pulls her hair, out of frustration. Said co-worker then pressed charges and Mary was sent to a mental institution backed up with paper works from a professional that labeled her as a bi-polar, Mary then was given medications that they think would help her "get well" and the result... could be many things. She maybe now suicidal, lost or even dead. I respect the professionals but I question the authenticity of their diagnosis. My point is, can someone really say one is truly disturbed, based on one given situation? Because for me people who annoys you or people who lost their temper and smash, say an ex-husbands windshield because she caught him cheating doesn't count. (ok, enough reality shows. LOL)
Beautifully written. Based on Paulo's personal experience in the asylum. Prepare to cry. A life changing book. (less)
Fo Danica. I read this every year back to back with his other book Veronika decides to die (see review below this, you might like that one too) Thanks...moreFo Danica. I read this every year back to back with his other book Veronika decides to die (see review below this, you might like that one too) Thanks for reading. Hope this helps you buy the book.
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite author of our time. He writes beautiful prose, dramatic truths and brave visuals thru his scenes. He makes me contemplate on the things that I don't normally consider having strong views on. He challenges my reasoning and makes me do a double take on my opinions. 11 Minutes is my 2nd favorite from all his books.
From the back cover of the book and from the blurbs I gathered from AMAZON.COM the book sounds like your typical erotic books that portrays a young girl that got mixed up with the world of prostitution thus comes graphic descriptions of sex. Nope, this book is more than that. The book is about the difference of Sex and Love. One girl's journey from innocence to understanding the real world will make you want ot read the book page after page until you sigh on how wonderful her story goes.
I find the book overpowering due to the subject it presents. Especially the moral vindication and the metaphysics (inner being and the soul) approach on the subject. (less)