Veronika Decides To Die: A Novel of Redemption by Paulo CoelhoVeronika Decides To Die: A Novel of Redemption by Paulo Coelho

Veronika Decides To Die: A Novel of Redemption

byPaulo Coelho

Paperback | May 23, 2006

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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.
Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world.The Alchemist,The Pilgrimage,The Valkyries,Brida,Veronika Decides to Die,Eleven Minutes,The Zahir,The Witch of Portobello,The Winner Stands Alone,Aleph,Manuscript Found in Accra, andAdultery, among others, have sold 150 mil...
Title:Veronika Decides To Die: A Novel of RedemptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:May 23, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061124265

ISBN - 13:9780061124266

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fav Paulo book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It starts off a bit crazy... but if you stick to it... it is so magical and beautiful and transforming. Again, with every sentence almost being a quote... I love reading Paulo's books as sometimes his sentences are so deep and beautiful, that I write them on post its and keep them as motivating quotes.... this book gives a great insight into living in an asylum... when I watched Girl Interrupted it felt kind of like that. That we all feel crazy at times... and we go through things.... challenges and we sometimes don't know how to deal with it... but in the end, everything is under our power and control. LOVED IT!!!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Veronika Decides to Die Weird, but great.Very realistic and emotional.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truth This an amazing story about self discovery and growth. This is a must read for anyone who has faced mental health in any shape or form. I find reading it helps when dealing with mental health, be it your own or someone close to you. I find acceptance and hope inside it's pages.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deep and honest Love this author's work and this book was no different. Pockets of wisdom on every page woven into a plot you'll be dying - pun intended - to finish reading.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it ! Beautiful story, seen the play too.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite This is my favourite novel, it makes you think and reflect about your life. It is a little sad at times but overall it is a great story.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not his best work It is interesting but his other novels are better.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Coelho's books are amazing and this is no exception!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved!! This book really makes you think, it made me reflect on how I currently feel. I found this at the side of the road by my house and I will never get rid of it!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Was enlightened in some way, had me thinking alot. A bit depressing at first but picks up later on (typical) But I really enjoyed it. Another wonderful piece by Paulo.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book is a thinker - not a complicated story by any means - but rather a book that makes you think and reflect. Though I am typically not a fan of Coehello, this is well written, well developed and impossible to put down! I enjoyed it so much, I refused to watch the movie in case it ruined the novel for me,
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Veronika decides to die is defiantly a very entertaining book,good narrative, makes you think about life and appreciate it, however I found it very predictable.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Veronika Decides to Die Really Enjoyed it! !
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Veronika Decides to Die This is the third book of his I have read. All were good and all were different in content. Very different but enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Veronika Decides to Die This is the third book of his I have read. All were good and all were different in content. Very different but enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Insightful and revealing
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real “Veronika Decides to Die” – just read the title again….decides to die… How many times have you said to yourself, at least I have, “Ahh…I don’t care, I don’t really want to live anymore”, without even thinking about the meaning of it. So Veronika said the same thing and decided to do something about it. Why? Nothing bad had happened to Veronika, she was beautiful, had a regular life…very ordinary though ... but normal She decided that it was not exciting enough, and decided to die! But her suicide attempt didn’t succeed and she ended up in the mental hospital. The pills ruined her heart and she had one more week to live before she dies – or so she was told. "An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely." Having only week to live, Veronika re-discovers herself sexually and emotionally, falls in love, and starts having this eagerness to live. In addition, her suicide touched lives of other people in the mental hospital, who started cherish every day of their lives. "Basically everything that happens in our life is our fault, and our fault alone." So when the next time you say to yourself, “Ahh…I don’t care, I don’t really want to live anymore” - think twice.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have Yet To Read I have read so many good reviews I am definitely going to get into this book. A fun fact for everyone; I have reason to believe hat Billy Talent song, Saint Veronika, was influenced by this book. It has almost the exact same facts involved with the book. ie. The sleeping pills
Date published: 2010-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting Read This book is a hard book to get through but at the end you finally learn the lesson being set forth. I will continue to read books from this other because I can always take something away from each book.
Date published: 2009-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning! In Veronika Decides to Die we meet 24 year old Veronika who decides to commit suicide by taking a handful of pills. She expects to not wake up, but she does and she is in a mental hospital. The journey she begins is unimaginable. Veronika learns an abundance about herself and others around her. This novel is an eye-opening story that will stay with you for many days after. From the book ' No one can judge. Each person knows the extent of their own suffering or the total absence of meaning in their lives.' 'She gave all her friends the impression that she was a woman to be envied, and she expended most of her energy in trying to behave in accordance with the image she had created of herself.' If you want your eyes opened, read this book.
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful I enjoyed the key issues that Paulo tries to tackle in this book. It was a smart book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants something interesting to reflect on.
Date published: 2008-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pass on this one Veronika is tired with the repetition in her life. She decides that life is no longer worth living, since it is the same thing every day, and overdoses on sleeping pills. When she wakes up in a mental hospital, she is told that she only has a week or so to live because of the damage she has done to her heart by taking so many sleeping pills. At first, Veronika wants to get it over with and die quickly. But as she starts to talk to other patients in the ward, she questions what being insane actually means. Isn't everyone in the world a little crazy? Does she really want to die? This book questions what it means to be normal vs. crazy, why people want to live vs. die, and why life is worth living. I found this book better than Coelho's The Alchemist, however, it was still way too deep and philosophical for me. If you're into that sort of thing, you might enjoy this book. I think this will be the last Coelho book for me.
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review Interesting book. Not the best novel I've ever read, but I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from picking it up.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great Well written but Zahir was definitely better. Worth the read, but not raving about it.
Date published: 2007-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable As the front cover suggests, this is a great story of redemption. It explores society's traditional view of insanity and comments on what may perhaps be an insensitive, insufficient, and utterly wrong definition of those we deem "crazy." Coelho suggests the notion that we as members of a government and power ruled society are victims of conformist regulations in everyday life - we stop at each and every stop sign and traffic light to prevent chaos, we behave in ways considered "normal" and "accepted," we abide by the rules of our chosen city or country, etc. Coelho presents us with an alternative landscape - one in which we as humans are free to be as human as nature intended - this is true freedom of the individual, a freedom Coelho suggests does not exist for individuals suppressed by the order of social regulation. This is a great read for anyone who loves the flow of great language and for those interested in society and culture.
Date published: 2007-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Almost, but not quite, girl, interrupted Veronika has everything going for her, so she tries to kill herself. When the attempt fails, she must learn to live again and deal with the consequences. I liked the story, but I felt like something was missing. For one thing, the religious stuff was sort of boring, like the author was reaching for an epiphany but never quite getting there. Or the way dreams feel, that you've come to a realization but can't recall what it was. I find this book has that sense of almost-but-not-quite. I really liked the discussion about sanity and insanity, one of the main ideas in the book. It was well developed both by action and dialogue. I think it might help people who feel marginalized or stigmatized become less so. I really think this would be an excellent high school english novel. It's short, but filled with depth and meaning. The characters have dimension and can be related to. It's a good piece, and I'm interested to read more by this author.
Date published: 2006-06-14

Editorial Reviews

“Girl, Interrupted meets The Catcher in the Rye.” (Mademoiselle)