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Paulo Coelho

Veronika decides to die

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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.
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  • AKHshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot

    I loved it.... I can reread it again...gave me tears... such a beautiful novel...

  • Hugo Cardonashared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Muy buena experiencia leer en inglés

  • Ana Claudia Fernandez Bacashared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up
    🌴Beach Bag Book

    Hermoso para volver a enamorarte de la vida


  • Ana Patyhas quoted8 years ago
    Nothing in this world happens by chance.
  • tytahas quoted6 years ago
    People struggle to get out of a coma, not to go into one.”
    “People struggle to live, not to commit suicide,” replied the nurse, but Veronika ignored the remark.
  • nikatrifonova9has quoted4 years ago
    We are all brought up only to love, to accept, to look for ways around things, to avoid conflict. Veronika hated everything, but mainly she hated the way she had lived her life, never bothering to discover the hundreds of other Veronikas who lived inside her and who were interesting, crazy, curious, brave, bold.

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