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In his latest international bestseller the celebrated author of The Alchemist addresses the fundamental uestions asked by millions What am I doing here today? and Why do I go on living?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 lacking in her life Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it So on the morning of November 11 1997 Veronika decides to die She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake upNaturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete a local mental hospital where the staff informs her that she has in fact partially succeeded in achieving her goal While the overdose didn't kill Veronika immediately the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to liveThe story follows Veronika through the intense week of self discovery that ensues To her surprise Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients who each in his or her individual way reflect the heart of human experience In the heightened state of life's final moments Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before hatred fear curiosity love and sexual awakening She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying and at the eleventh hour emerges open to life than ever before In Veronika Decides to Die Paulo Coelho takes the reader on a distinctly modern uest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst soulless routine and pervasive conformity Based on events in Coelho's own life Veronika Decides to Die uestions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal Poignant 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


10 thoughts on “Veronika decide morrer

  1. says:

    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 cartoonishThis rare combination of phoniness and cartoonishness gelled and gave birth to this masterpiece A masterpiece of nothingness like a gigantic void proud of its vast emptiness Paolo Coelho is like a god not only to those who worship him for he has created something out of nothing using the time tested way of hoodwinking morons who read books like this sprinkling lots of amphibologies and gobbledygooks to a plotless tale of nonsense Gripping their highlighters these morons would then make passages like this shine in neon marvel at how deep they are and then give the book a 5 star rating at goodreadscom We all live in our own world But if you look up at the starry sky you'll see that all the different worlds up there combine to form constellations solar systems galaxies p162He could have added If you feel all alone in this big wide world as if you carry the weight of all the sadness there is then look up at the starry starry sky during a starry starry night and realize that there are aliens living in all those other planets who in their solitude likewise pine for the worlds they cannot seeDamn I sure do sound better than Coelho


  2. says:

    Madness is wanting to be normalThere 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 one of those characters that despite all circumstances you cannot but find her tragically adorable This is one of those 'love it or hate it' books so you are probably going to love it plainly or hate it deeply You can tell which side the coin toss landed for meStill remaining the movie 2009Until next time Locura es uerer ser normalHay algo muy mal en el mundo Veronika uiere morir Y ciertamente lo puede intentar pero también puede ciertamente fallar Confinada a un manicomio puede ue halle la cordura en el lugar más loco de todosDesafortunadamente no puedo entrar en mucho detalle sin arriesgarme a arruinar mucho del contenido del libro así ue sólo voy a decir ue auellos pocos ue decidan leerlo puede ue encuentren en él una hermosa y profundamente conmovedora historia sobre la vida y la muerteVeronika es uno de esos personajes ue a fuerzas de las circunstancias uno no puede evitar encontrarla trágicamente adorable Este es uno de esos libros de 'ámalo o ódialo' así ue probablemente vas a amarlo plenamente u odiarlo ferveramente Podés adivinar de ué lado cayó la moneda en mi casoueda pendiente la película 2009Hasta la próxima


  3. says:

    Fantastic read Awesome I could not put the book down“Veronika Decides to Die” – just read the title againdecides to dieHow many times have you said to yourself at least I have “AhhI don’t care I don’t really want to live any” without even thinking about the meaning of itSo 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 lifevery ordinary though but normalShe decided that it was not exciting enough and decided to dieBut her suicide attempt didn’t succeed and she ended up in the mental hospital The pills ruined her heart and she had one week to live before she dies – or so she was toldAn awareness of death encourages us to live intensely Having only week to live Veronika re discovers herself sexually and emotionally falls in love and starts having this eagerness to liveIn addition her suicide touched lives of other people in the mental hospital who started cherish every day of their livesBasically everything that happens in our life is our fault and our fault aloneSo when the next time you say to yourself “AhhI don’t care I don’t really want to live any” think twice2014 UpdateI re read this book this year for my book club 6 years since I read it first I agree with all points after my first read but want to add some additional points on issues that Coelho discusses Conformity society norms and its danger Madnessinsanity and what they really mean within the chains of society norms; how society norms varies from culture to culture and how personal individuality can be affected by these “norms” Death and life and how knowing that death is imminent changes your perception of life you start appreciating every moment and allow yourself to express yourself The book discusses other characters Mari Zedka and Eduard They were hiding inside the walls of Vilette because they were trying to escape the real world due to similar reasons related to to not being understood by their families and society Vilette’s environment created a shield from the real world “society” and allowed these “insane” people to express themselves and behave the way they want without criticism At the end Veronika’s suicide affects them profoundly awakening in them a desire to live outside of Vilette’s walls and also making them to realize that Vilette is just another form of controlled society with its own rules and acceptance And that at the end the true happiness lies in our own desire and believe in our own acceptance and willingness to remove any boundaries and allow ourselves to live to the fullest and be happy


  4. says:

    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 the asylum including a young schizophrenic named Eduard who mainly stands around mutely and masturbates while Veronika plays the piano Veronika what else inexplicably falls in love with him after she similarly inexplicably regains her joie de vivre I suppose that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Veronika and certainly Coelho does not add much else in terms of characterisation Some reviewers have pointed out that to create realistic characters or believable plot is not the point of this book and certainly not Coelho's intention I guess one really has no choice but to agree with this as it is patently obvious that this is not so much a book as a meditation on insanity with characters and plot which are merely vehicles to convey the author's thoughts on the subject and encourage the reader to reflect on the same and to explore how they may feelbehavethink in similar circumstances Paulo Coelho himself makes a brief and pointless appearance at the beginning of the book to tell you that it is based on his own experiences as a mental patient and proceeds to bash you over the head with his message which is that everyone is crazy insanity and genius are two sides of the same coin and we should all let our inner freak out and stop trying to conformAs a reader I find this approach supremely unsatisfactory For some reason I tend to be much receptive to the message when I can actually bring myself to care about the story or the characters however unsympathetic they may be I am sometimes able to forgive lack of plot or character development if the book is particularly informative or beautifully written or manages to turn me on or makes me think about a subject in a new and interesting way Unfortunately this book did none of that Veronika fails even as a placeholder because her actions are so absurd and incomprehensible that I was completely unable to relate to them or to put myself in her shoes So all that was left was the message and I had absolutely no patience for Coelho's particular brand of preachy self help pop psychology


  5. says:

    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 insanityi think this is the worst passage i've read so farVitriol 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 the field of insanity since Dr Pinel had ordered that patients should be unshackled astonishing the medical world with the idea that some of them might even be curedAs with the libido—the chemical reaction responsible for sexual desire which Dr Freud had identified but which no laboratory had ever managed to isolate—Vitriol was released by the human organism whenever a person found him or herself in a frightening situation although it had yet to be picked up in any spectrographic tests It was easily recognized though by its taste which was neither sweet nor savory—a bitter taste Dr Igor the as yet unrecognized discoverer of this fatal substance had given it the name of a poison much favored in the past by emperors kings and lovers of all kinds whenever they needed to rid themselves of some obstructive personif you are filled with the incomprehensible rage that follows after utter dullness like this we will probably make good friendsso i actually finished this and guess what it was consistently awful entirely insipid with a delightful dose of misogyny outside of the entire premise of the book a young woman just deciding to kill herself basically because she's bored; apparently veronika only discovers life is worth living after meeting a boring artist dude and spoiler ahead it turns out her male doctor was drugging her with a medicine that mimics heart attacks solely so she could discover how important life is worth living what??? in no way is this examined for how fucked up it is and we're supposed to just sit back and enjoy the shitty advice on how to live life that's being spewed i probably would have enjoyed this when i was fifteen and didn't know any better but i'm an adult human with critical thinking skills i am not impressed with contrived falsely deep drivel y'all shouldn't be either


  6. says:

    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 directionsI 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 disconnected from reality insane We're so frightened of the idea of insanity of not knowing what's going on around us or not being able to distinguish truth from fantasy but what would it be like to live it? There's a part of me that thinks maybe it would be just a little liberating and I can understand why the Fraternity ? wants to stay in the asylum instead of returning to the world outside I'm settled in to read It's drizzling rain and the sky outside is a deep melancholy gray I've got pillows stacked up on the couch the cat languorously swishing his tail as he gazes out the window and a cup of chocolate truffle coffee on the little rolling cart we use for a coffee table Angelo Badalementi's haunting soundtrack music from Twin Peaks pours from the tinny speakers on my laptop It's kind of a perfect dayI just came across this passage DepressionThe doctors said that a recently discovered substance serotonin was one of the compounds responsible for how human beings felt A lack of serotonin impaired one's capacity to concentrate at work to sleep to eat and to enjoy life's pleasures When this substance was completely absent the person experienced despair pessimism a sense of futility terrible tiredness anxiety difficulties in making decisions and would end up sinking into a permanent gloom which would lead either to complete apathy or suicide In Zedka's case however the reasons were simpler than anyone suspected there was a man hidden in her past or rather the fantasy she had built up about a man she had known a long time agoOh Zedka I suspect many of us can trace the roots of depression to the fantasy of a man or woman hidden in our pastsI'm now eager to read on and discover Zedka's storyThe impossible love The refusal to believe the impossible love is impossible Hope itself can be a sort of madness sometimes when it's false when we allow it to consume us rather than uplift Yes I know thisNow back to Veronika and holy shit I could just as well be reading my own journal She had overcome her minor defects only to be defeated by matters of fundamental importance She had managed to appear utterly independent when she was in fact desperately in need of company She gave all her friends the impression that she was a woman to be envied and she expended most of her energy in trying to behave in accordance with the image she had created of herselfBecause of that she had never had enough energy to be herself a person who like everyone in the world needed other people in order to be happy But other people were so difficult They reacted in unpredictable ways they surrounded themselves with defensive walls they behaved just as she did pretending they didn't care about anything She might have impressed a lot of people with her strength and determination but where had it left her? In the void Utterly aloneI suspect Veronika soon will learn she's not uite as alone as she thinks God I hope soAlso? I think I have to stop reproducing passages from this book or I'll end up uoting the whole damn thingDr Igor? The psychiatrist? uite possibly the craziest character in the book He's laughably absurd I loved the interchange between him and Veronika's mother the jumping back and forth between points of view and the mother's puzzlement at the things Igor was sayingOh Here's another snippet Haven't you learned anything not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way that you're bothering the person next to you If people don't like it they can complain And if they don't have the courage to complain that's their problemThe supposedly insane people in this novel are all ones who are challenging and rejecting these unspoken rules we all live by that hold us down and hold us back These ideas that we should follow certain expected paths and behave in certain ways and suppress our true selves These lunatics are calling bullshit on society and it's wonderful And now I'm done and I feel like I've gone on a journey with this book and come out the other side much like Veronika Mari Eduard and Zedka ready to embrace my life and my capacity for love


  7. says:

    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 wellThrough 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 Coelho to brand his own personal philosophies to the masses almost like propagandaThis book elicited a bemused response from me at this age so I decided to imagine what Jaidee at other ages would have thought and felt about this bookJaidee at 14 1 star really weird and kind of boringJaidee at 19 3 stars Wow that Veronika is one cool and sexi chickJaidee at 23 35 stars Poor Veronika she is so misunderstood another victim of patriarchyJaidee at 28 4 stars Wow there is some pretty cool stuff in this bookvery deepJaidee at 37 barely half a star what a bunch of ridiculous bsPerhaps this book has elements of all the above and that is why Mr Coelho sells so many damn books


  8. says:

    For people who are concerned only superficially with the subject complex the book is perhaps uite suitableI 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


  9. says:

    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 Not everyone gets himYeah ok I can't possibly argue with that NowVeronika 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 exotic this way Shut upUgh I'm talking to myself again Paulo Coelho is driving me nutsSo yeah she overdoses on sleeping pills but unfortunately for us all she doesn't end up six feet underground but in a mental institution where she is told she only has one week to live I actually laughed out loud at that Who wouldn't?You then follow her interactions with a bunch of uninteresting characters a schizophrenic guy named Eduard being one of them Actually no I'm not fair Eduard is not a totally uninteresting guy He's a little kinky and funny and creepy because he likes watching Veronika masturbate while she plays the piano Didn't see that coming I mean Eduard never talks he's basically a recluse but after this scene these two weirdos inexplicably fall in loveAnd this isn't even the best part The best part is the ending view spoilerIt turns out that Veronika's psychiatrist a true example of professionalism was lying the whole time Veronika isn't sick it was all a freakish experiment you know in the name of science and of course it worked because now Veronika doesn't want to die any and she's gonna live happily ever after with her rich creepy boyfriend Eduard hide spoiler


  10. says:

    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 any behavior they like Veronika decides to interact with some fellow patients She befriends Mari who has panic attacks; Zedka who is depressed; and Eduard a catatonic schizophrenic who seems to enjoy Veronika's piano playing Meanwhile Dr Igor the head psychiatrist studies Veronika and the other patients at Villete to test his theory that a body substance called vitriol causes mental illness By the end of the book Veronika's presence at Villete causes many of the patients to change their attitudes about their own mental illness as well as how they want to live their lives The book seems to accurately describe the behavior of some mentally ill people but I thought the depiction of the patients was generally superficial and provided little insight into true mental disorders However some of the characters are interesting and the story is okayI'd mildly recommend the book to readers interested in mental healthYou can follow my reviews at