Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika Decides to Die

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Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

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.

Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061124266
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2006
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 82,990
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold over 175 million copies worldwide, and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks.

Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002, and in 2007, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.

Hometown:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1947

Place of Birth:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Education:

Left law school in second year

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Veronika Decides to Die 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 189 reviews.
hoonew More than 1 year ago
If you have ever felt so sad that life didn't seem worth living, this may be a book for you. Mr. Coelho pulls the reader back and forth through the character's life gradually offering answers to Veronika's mindset and behavior. I found myself pondering several of these ideas and seeing a sunnier side as an observer. We get so deeply entrenched into our own views, our own questioning, and society's expectations that we feel alone and overwhelmed in a way. Not suggesting to read this if you have suicidal thoughts! Seek help immediately. But for many, many of us who have had the dark thoughts cross our minds or have wondered about others who have, this is a great work of fiction that helps draw out reality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to sum this book up in one word: wow. This book fell into my hands just yesterday afternoon, and after an evening and a morning of reading, I led myself to the last page. I've never done that to a book. I've never read a book that I just couldn't put down, one that when I was away from it, my mind was churning with questions on what Veronika's plans were for the last given week of her life. By reading this book, it provoked some amazing thoughts that I never thought I had. It made me really think about my life, about my daily routine and the things I would do if I had one week to live it. This book will definately change the way you look at your life, and most of all, will make you wonder what you could do different to die happy.
lc_dakr810lire More than 1 year ago
This novel is higly relatable. It's about a woman that dreads and despises her own routine-filled life. She tentatively lives her life day to day consumed with overall feelings of misery and suffers from a severe case of depression. As the title avers, Veronika decides to die, however, she fails attempting to. This novel is a deeply stimulating, eye opening novel. It depicts the life of a troubled woman and how in the end she gains an immense appreciation for her life because she realizes, after all, that life is imminent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book hoping for something like 'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden' or 'Girl, Interruputed,' but it wasn't anything like that. Of course, they were non-fiction, but this book 'Veronika...' acts like it's going to be about truth, instead it's a big phony. I can't believe that someone would have an awakening about life's meaning by masturbating. And I don't see anything redeeming about getting drunk. The writing isn't even good. Thumbs down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Veronika Decides to Die is a deeply moving book that makes you consider why people live and why some choose to die. It encourages you to challenge the rules, to make your life what you want it to be. It both poses and answers the questions 'How would I change if I only had a week to live? What would I do with my time?' If you want to read something that is truly worth your time and money, read this book!
taty43 More than 1 year ago
It is a good book, makes you think about your life and the things you really want to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to read this book at first considering the amount of negative veiws, but I am so happy I allowed myself to be the judge. It is a short read, but stays with you. The title sounds dark, however it is one of the most enlightening books I have ever read. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an excellent book, that really made you think about life and choices we make, and how we feel about life when putted in an end position(or so to be) how our prospective changes. It is enjoyable for reading, as all of Coelho's books.
Erosthiest More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of all time. Definitely a great read whenever you're down or depressed
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TedsReview More than 1 year ago
Buy Before You Die A loaded, layered story that has the power to bring peace to your soul; ironically, it's sure to be deemed shocking by many institutionalised members of society. Freud's 'Theory of Sex' meets narrative; it delves deep into the human psyche and questions social 'norms'. A provocative piece of art whose multi-dimensional prose will move each reader subjectively. The themes may be uncomfortable for some but nonetheless poignantly real and refreshingly different. Superficially it's simple; its strengths are not the plot, more the layering beneath. Don't expect the blatant twists you'd find in a standard novel; this isn't one. Coelho has skilfully weaved a plethora of treats into the book for the reader to discover, should they be open to them. It's highly metaphorical tale that works it's magic both retrospectively and momentarily. The characters are well realised and very, very human. The writing style is quirky yet sincere. The keen translation seems to capture nuances very well. To note, the (2000 ed.) paperback has a pleasing size and feel. This book is for everyone; whether they fully appreciate it will depend on where they're at. A recommended read at least once in your lifetime. Give it a shot, welcome its calming affect and be prepared to read it again and again!
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This book is amazing, though at times the main character's actions to find the truth about herself and who she is may be a little excentric. The book is all about what it means to be mad/crazy and how the mad view the so called sane people. I know that this book has forever changed my way of thinking and I will never forget it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.my mother has always said this is one one her top favorite books in the whole world and now i see why.somehow this book kinda speaks to me and really gets to me.not only is the author one of a kind but this story wow.im only 14 years old and i caan honestly say this book will be with me forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing novel about life, death, and mental illness. The language of the novel is so well done and the characters are unforgettable.
hunneypreader22 More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure I liked this book, but decided to stick with it a little longer. I am GLAD I did - it is a surprising, moving, and amazing book!
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L-Golightly More than 1 year ago
Read this book twice already. Highly recommended.
Vita_Brevis More than 1 year ago
While the title may cause some people pause, it lays out the focus facing the main character. I am not going to follow a discussion of the plot as I don't want to ruin any portion of the book for you. As we follow Veronika throughout this story we see her growth while acceptancing her plight. She tests her new found boundaries while at the same time more fully understanding her own limits. This is a novel that calls all of us to evaluate the limits we place on ourselves and realize the maybe there is a better place for ourselves in this world if we just push our own self-imposed boundaries. Just a couple of other notes on the story. Because of this book I am going to search out others by author Paul Coelho. Also, I would highly recommend this novel to book clubs to read, review and discuss.
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It made me think, and I appreciate that.
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