Veronika Decides to Die
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, plenty of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacki...more
This rare combination of phoniness and cartoonishness gelled and ...more
There is something very wrong with the world. Veronika wants to die. And she can certainly try, but she can also, certainly, fail. Committed to an insane asylum, she may actually find sanity in the craziest places of all.
Unfortunately, I cannot really go into much detail without spoiling much of the book's content, so I'm just going to say that those few who decide to read it may find in it a beautiful profoundly moving story, about life, and death.
Veronika is o ...more
“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 ...more
Veronika Decides to Die, is a novel by Paulo Coelho. It tells the story of 24-year-old Slovenian Veronika, who appears to have everything in life going for her, but who decides to kill herself.
While she waits to die, she cancels the suicide letter she starts to her parents while suddenly provoked by a magazine article.
The magazine article wittily asks "Where is Slovenia?", so she wr ...more
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...more
Let's rephrase. "“The two hardest tests on the Coelho humbug reading journey are the patience to wait for the right moment (which never comes) and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter (on that road to nowhere by the way of nonsense).”
I confidently stated once that I had only read two books by Coelho, the first being an inno ...more
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. Co ...more
Yeah, ok. I 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!
Ugh, I'm talking to myself ...more
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 ...more
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 not for me.
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 ...more
Divided into 27 unnamed chapters, this book talks about Veronica, someone who has got everything in her life that noth8ng matters to her anymore.
She thinks she has got everything what a human needs to be happy and gets tired of a monotonous life of having everything.
She ultimately decides to end her life as she thinks there is nothing else to want or need more to live by as she already has a good job, being young & pretty, having the best boyfriend, a perfect family.
‘There was nothing a doctor dreaded more than getting complaints from the families of patients who had been in Villete, which was what nearly always happened, for it was rare for a patient to readjust successfully to normal life after a period spent in a mental hospital.
It wasn’t the fault of the hospital, or of any of the hospitals scattered around the world; the problem of readjustment was exactly the same everywhere. Just as prison never corrects the prisoner—it only teaches ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
”An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely."
This book is insane!! This is such a spiritual/philosophical book that discusses a lot of issues. It talks about death and life and the meaning of them, madness and insanity and why would we actually say that someone is “mad”. It just blows your mind. I really loved the main idea/plot of the book and the message it tried to send. I also liked How it takes place in a mental institution.
The happier people can be, the unh ...more
Veronika is a beautiful, attractive girl, has a basic job and a comfortable living. She finds no excitement in her life and so she finally decides to end it but her attempt was foul. And she ends up in a mental hospital where she finds out that she has limited days to live. But ...more
I really don't understand why Coelho is so popular. I read two of his books (the other one is The Alchemist) which were both highly praised. I really didn't see anything in both of them that would make me call Coelho an extraordinairy author.
After The Alchemist I hadn't expected much of this book but I thought that it would be a little better as it is part o ...more
'Veronica' is not just a deeply unsatisfying book, but a book which paints a bizarre, frustrating, ill informed and fundamentally flawed portrait of Mental Health/Illness as something which is almost a choice, some ...more
AUTHOR'S WRITING STYLE: 4 stars!!!
Yay: It is nicely written in third-person perspective in past tenses. There is a shift in perspective when the author explains a certain variable in psychology. I love how he explains it. He brings my curiosity to the next level. Nay: There i ...more
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.
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 ...more
Fiction can be classified into two broad categories: (1) Escape literature - written purely for entertainment to help us pass the time agreeably and (2) Interpretative Literature - written to broaden and deepen and sharpen our awareness of life. Escape literature takes us away from the real world; it enables us temporarily to forget our troubles. Interpretative literature takes us, through the imagination, deeper into the real world: it enables us to understand our troubles. Escape literature ha...more
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