I really enjoy Paulo Coelho. Before this book, I had read The Alchemist. Since I loved The Alchemist, I had high expectations for Veronika Decides to Die. It definitely met and surpassed my expectations. It was an easy read but had so many interesting perspectives about life and what is "normal." I enjoyed it.
A modern day Catcher in the Rye with a female perspective. I wish this would have been required reading in high school!
I really liked this book. This was the first book by Paulo Coelho I read and it won't be the last! In alot of ways I could relate to Veronika and I was pleased the way the story ended.
Good read. Interesting discussions about life and what it means to live. The discussions by the doctor about the meaning of 'crazy' was very interesting and thought-provoking. (Hint: it's all about perception!) A good, quick read.
The overall message of the book is a good one - girl tries to commit suicide and gets a second chance at life. The premise is that we are all living the lives that we choose, and we can always choose to live differently - However, I found the writing style to be drawn out in some parts of the book, especially when the Doctor was trying to convey a message. Parts of the book were "dry." I don't know how else to describe it.
This short book has the flavor of a morality tale that explores the definition of insanity in modern society. The suicide attempt of a young woman and the subsequent influence of her story and her presence in a psychiatric hospital directed by a doctor with enigmatic methods of treatment slowly unfold to reveal surprising layers of meaning. While the ultimate message can be construed as hopeful, there is a great deal to provoke thought, which is what I always enjoy about Paul Coelho's stories.
I read this entire book in a day. I couldnt put it down. Great read!
I have bought several different copies and versions of this book because I loved it so much and always feel compelled to share it. Coelho is a genius of story telling and pulling you into his web. 5 star read all the way!!
This was a very interesting book. What really qualifies us as crazy or normal?
This book touches the problem of the grey reality. Who of us do not sometimes feel like you could die without any important reason like Veronica? After reading this book, a person reflects on his or her life, trying to fix it and add color. Read it with bated breath -not for a great story, but the truth, leaning out from between the pages of a book. Veronica after attempting suicide goes to a psychiatric hospital where people who live there show her that it is worth to live ... that you can control your life- if only that you want . Veronica decides that again she would like to taste the world and at the asylum finds her true love... Beautiful book, which may be about any of us ...
If you like Paul Coelho's writing, you'll like this. It's kind of artsy and it details a girl's journey while she finds herself.
GOOD INSIGHT INTO MENTAL ILLNESS AND HOW THE WILL TO SURVIVE CAN CHANGE AN LIFE
This book is excellent. It is a page turner with a very surprising ending. A must read!
A wonderfully written, very in depth look at a woman's choice to end her life. I think I shed a tear or two!
Well written, good story.
This was an interesting book as it made the reader look at what was really insanity. I agree with Mari when she stated that the outside world was the same as inside: the people built up walls for themselves and formed groups to explain their existance. Some of the patients found the inside world to be freeing, as Veronika did, because they were able to act as they truely wanted since they were "insane." It was an interesting and enjoyable read.
I thought it was a little slow to start off but it had a strong finish. It makes you think about life and reality.
An interesting premise to write a book with an finally uplifting message. Some might like more plot to go with the message though.
Veronika at age twenty-four decides she has lived enough and it's time to die. She ends up in a mental hospital and learns how to live. I thought "The Alchemist" would remain my favorite Coelho book, but this one is close or at least tied for first. It's a wonder story about free thinkers, the 'insane', and community. Like most Coelho books, this book reminds us it's okay to not be average, though one must be very careful in a world that prizes and rewards average. The characters Mr. Coelho has created come to life as he has situation after situation where we, through his characters, are forced to re-evaluate ourselves. It was a wonderful book and very positive. I loved the doctor in charge of the hospital. He might be the only insane one in the hospital.
I thought it was an okay read. I finished it simply because I wanted to know what happened to Veronika in the end. I felt like the characters were underdeveloped and that I was reading the abridged version of the story.
It was very good and an easy read.