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 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.
©1998 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Interesting social commentary on finding meaning in the seemingly mundane. The ideas don't seem extremely profound, but they definitely resonate with me and I'm glad to have heard it.
I enjoyed the narration. She acted out the characters and flowed in and out of the dialogue well.
So far, I don't think this is the best Coelho I've read yet. The text gets repetitive and jumps from one point to another. Frankly though, this animosity is largely because of the narrator of this book. I should've stuck with reading it instead of listening. What a disservice to Paulo Coelho. I like the existential questions though and am curious to see how it unfolds.
This narrator sounds like a robot. You know those corporate videos that you have to watch at orientation before you start a new job? That's how the narration and the dialogue sound like here, it has that sing-song lilt that's supposed to keep new hires from falling asleep on their first day. It doesn't work here. Not with Paulo Coelho! Goodness. I am returning this audiobook and just reading the text from the book. I think American female narrators in general need to listen to English narrators, they seem to know what they're doing. I would rather listen to Juliet Stevenson or Susanah Harker.
Beautifully written book that offers hope and inspiration for people who feel as if they have no purpose, or question their existance...If you have any sort of depression or confusion about your direction in life, this book helps.
However, if you are a well rounded, content person who enjoys life, then you won't need to be reminded about why life is awesome. The trick is to figure out if you are truly happy, or just THINK you are happy.
I was not at all pleased with the ending of the book. I would have liked to have heard more about Eduard and Veronika and how things worked out between them. And what Veronika's reaction was to finally knowing she was fully recovered.
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