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Veronika Decides to Die | [Paulo Coelho]

Veronika Decides to Die

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.
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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 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

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    hurricanekerrie New Hope, MN, United States 08-03-14
    hurricanekerrie New Hope, MN, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about Veronika Decides to Die? What did you like least?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Fran Tunno?

    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.


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    Kori Haleiwa, HI, United States 03-25-14
    Kori Haleiwa, HI, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    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.

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    Kristen Blackburn Woodbridge, va 03-21-13
    Kristen Blackburn Woodbridge, va 03-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    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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