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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.

Topics: Love, Spirituality , Death, Mental Illness, Depression, Suicide, Hope, Music, Courage, Slovenia, Dark, and Philosophical

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061835438
List price: $10.99
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amazing story
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make us reconsider our "normality"...in amazing way
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Probably the mosr sensible Coelho books. I actually enjoyed reading this one.
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For Jessica, yes, reading the book first and see if the movie rendition is worhty. That's what I always do. LOL. And This is my favorite Coelho book.In one his his many interviews Coelho said this is a book about life and death. Agreed 100%. It starts off with our protagonist Veronika's night when she deided to overdosed herself with sleeping pills. only to wake up in an asylum called the Villet, the doctor then explained how they managed to revived her but barely, she was told that she only have a few days to live. She then found and met interesting people. The horrifying treatments and the heartbreaking story of their life made me finish the book in one sitting.I can never really describe how much this book change the way I view mental illness. Veronikas situation is so colloquial that I felt the depression that drove her to suicide. But like any other person looking outside the box I also feel that her stunt earned her a place in the aylum and then I got to know her, like Zedka, Mari and most especially Eduard. In a society that one simple act of temporary violence is considered a disease thus said people are shunned by the public and most of their relative. Example: Mary, in a heated arguement with her co-worker pulls her hair, out of frustration. Said co-worker then pressed charges and Mary was sent to a mental institution backed up with paper works from a professional that labeled her as a bi-polar, Mary then was given medications that they think would help her "get well" and the result... could be many things. She maybe now suicidal, lost or even dead. I respect the professionals but I question the authenticity of their diagnosis. My point is, can someone really say one is truly disturbed, based on one given situation? Because for me people who annoys you or people who lost their temper and smash, say an ex-husbands windshield because she caught him cheating doesn't count. (ok, enough reality shows. LOL)Beautifully written. Based on Paulo's personal experience in the asylum. Prepare to cry. A life changing book.
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The story is original. A woman carries out careful suicide plans but wakes up in a psychiatric ward where the doctor tells her that in the attempt she has damaged her heart beyond repair. She will live for only a week. What would any of us think or do during several final days of introspection? A great premise spoiled only by a tasteless sex scene.It was a good story that could have been great.
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