February 06, 2010

Veronika Decides To Die - Paulo Coelho

  • Synopsis – Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for. She is young and pretty, has plenty of attractive boyfriends, goes dancing, has a steady job, a loving family. Yet Veronika is not happy; something us lacking in her life. On the morning of November 11th, 1997, she decides to die. She takes an overdose of sleeping pills, only to wake up sometime later in Villette, the local hospital. There she is told that although she is alive now her heart is damaged and she has only a few days to live...

  • This story follows Veronika through these intense days as her experiences lead her to question the whole idea of what madness is before she comes to realize that every second of existence is a choice that we all make between living and dying. This is a moving and uplifting song to life, one that reminds us that every moment in our lives is special and precious.

  • My good friend and my boss Stacey Fernandes recommended this book to me. Having read the ‘Alchemist’ I was all game for this book. Definitely Paulo Coelho is an author who has the inspiring power to change people’s lives. In fact this book is an interesting read and inspiring as well. What’s more the cover is also very insightful. The protagonist Veronika is a very strong character and has been portrayed in different shades. The real story starts off after she attempts to commit suicide and fails. Which is when she is admitted to a mental hospital in Villette. Now besides the fact that she’s in the hospital she also has been told that her heart is damaged and will die in a few days. This is something ironic. It’s a different thing when you want to die on your own and you succeed and it’s another when you fail and you know you are going to die. This way you don’t have control over your death or your life. All you do is wait...

  • Now what is more interesting is that she meets a few people in the Hospital and interacts with them in fact, gets inspired as well by their perspectives and at the same time changes their lives as well. This mutual association comes to a climax at the end of the book which is the most interesting part and that’s why I’d like to recommend this book to everyone. Besides the way the author has portrayed all the different characters and their lives is very interesting and how it relates to their existence in that hospital is worth knowing.

  • All in all a very inspiring book and at the same time catchy. There’s no way you’d be bored at any stage in this book.


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