Veronika Decides to Die (On the Seventh Day, Bk 2)
Veronika Decides to Die - On the Seventh Day, Bk 2 Author:Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator) In his latest international bestseller, the celebrated author of The Alchemist addresses the fundamental questions 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, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a l... more »oving 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 up.
Naturally 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 live.
The 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 more open to life than ever before.
In Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho takes reader on a distinctly modern quest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst, soulless routine, and pervasive conformity. Based on events in Coelho's own life, Veronkia Decides to Die questions 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.« less
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!!
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.