Veronika Decides to Die
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 lackin...more
This rare combination of phoniness and cartoonishness gelled and ...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
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
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 ...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
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
I reckon Paulo Coelho's books are not for those who are used to reading non fiction books and more into reason than imagination. But for me, this is an awesome book, full of life, love, and dreams.
The book is about a young and beautiful girl who seems to have everything in life, a good job, a good place to stay, parents who love her, boyfriends. Yet she finds life te ...more
Veronika believes life is worthless. What's the point of going around to meet someone who would no doubt marry you, cheat on you and force you to live in limbo with two children who will repeat your pattern? The most logical solution is suicide. But even that plan fails. Veronika wakes up in an asylum where she gets a horrible news that changes everything.
It was impressive to see Coelho make a cameo in his own book. Of course, the lesson of life and how ...more
I don’t recall much of the details however I do recall that it was depressing, agonizing to read, and just soooooooooo slow I had to toss it half way.
Do I regret it? No.
Will I attempt to read his other books? Also no.
I love Coelho's writing, and there are so many beautiful, inspiring quotes in this book. But as a whole? It was not that beautiful or inspiring. I can tell that that is what it's supposed to be, but it certainly fell a little short. The message behind this book was a good one, to embrace life and to live it as if our days were numbered, which they, in fact, are. But the problem with this book is that it is very, severely, un-relatable. People don't just casually stand there and give tw ...more
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