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Madness is wanting to be normal.There is something very wrong with the world Veronika wants to die And she can certainly try, but she can also, certainly, fail Committed to an insane asylum, she may actually find sanity in the craziest places of all Unfortunately, I cannot really go into much detail without spoiling much of the book s content, so I m just going to say that those few who decide to read it may find in it a beautiful profoundly moving story, about life, and death Veronika is o Madness is wanting to be normal.There is something very wrong with the world Veronika wants to die And she can certainly try, but she can also, certainly, fail Committed to an insane asylum, she may actually find sanity in the craziest places of all Unfortunately, I cannot really go into much detail without spoiling much of the book s content, so I m just going to say that those few who decide to read it may find in it a beautiful profoundly moving story, about life, and death Veronika is one of those characters that, despite all circumstances, you cannot but find her tragically adorable This is one of those love it or hate it books, so you are probably going to love it plainly, or hate it deeply You can tell which side the coin toss landed for me.Still remaining, the movie 2009 Until next time, Locura es querer ser normal.Hay algo muy mal en el mundo Veronika quiere morir Y ciertamente lo puede intentar, pero tambi n puede, ciertamente, fallar Confinada a un manicomio, puede que halle la cordura en el lugar m s loco de todos.Desafortunadamente, no puedo entrar en mucho detalle sin arriesgarme a arruinar mucho del contenido del libro, as que s lo voy a decir que aquellos pocos que decidan leerlo puede que encuentren en l una hermosa y profundamente conmovedora historia, sobre la vida, y la muerte.Veronika es uno de esos personajes que, a fuerzas de las circunstancias, uno no puede evitar encontrarla tr gicamente adorable Este es uno de esos libros de malo o dialo , as que probablemente vas a amarlo plenamente, u odiarlo ferveramente Pod s adivinar de qu lado cay la moneda en mi caso.Queda pendiente la pel cula 2009 Hasta la pr xima, this shitty, whiny book in a nutshell, which is all it deserves a simple, trite, self indulgent allegory that poorly contemplates the similarities between genius and insanityi think this is the worst passage i ve read so far Vitriol was a toxic substance whose symptoms he had identified in his conversations with the men and women he had met Now he was writing a thesis on the subject, which he would submit to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences for its scrutiny It was the most important step in this shitty, whiny book in a nutshell, which is all it deserves a simple, trite, self indulgent allegory that poorly contemplates the similarities between genius and insanityi think this is the worst passage i ve read so far Vitriol was a toxic substance whose symptoms he had identified in his conversations with the men and women he had met Now he was writing a thesis on the subject, which he would submit to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences for its scrutiny It was the most important step in the field of insanity since Dr Pinel had ordered that patients should be unshackled, astonishing the medical world with the idea that some of them might even be cured.As with the libido the chemical reaction responsible for sexual desire, which Dr Freud had identified, but which no laboratory had ever managed to isolate Vitriol was released by the human organism whenever a person found him or herself in a frightening situation, although it had yet to be picked up in any spectrographic tests It was easily recognized, though, by its taste, which was neither sweet nor savory a bitter taste Dr Igor, the as yet unrecognized discoverer of this fatal substance, had given it the name of a poison much favored in the past by emperors, kings, and lovers of all kinds whenever they needed to rid themselves of some obstructive person.if you are filled with the incomprehensible rage that follows after utter dullness like this, we will probably make good friends.so i actually finished this, and guess what it was consistently awful entirely insipid with a delightful dose of misogyny outside of the entire premise of the book, a young woman just deciding to kill herself basically because she s bored apparently veronika only discovers life is worth living after meeting a boring artist dude and spoiler ahead it turns out her male doctor was drugging her with a medicine that mimics heart attacks solely so she could discover how important life is worth living what in no way is this examined for how fucked up it is and we re supposed to just sit back and enjoy the shitty advice on how to live life that s being spewed i probably would have enjoyed this when i was fifteen and didn t know any better, but i m an adult human with critical thinking skills i am not impressed with contrived, falsely deep drivel y all shouldn t be either Fantastic read Awesome I could not put the book down 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 any , 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 normalShe decided that it was not Fantastic read Awesome I could not put the book down 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 any , 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 normalShe 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 oneweek to live before she dies or so she was told An awareness of death encourages us to liveintensely 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 any think twice.2014 Update I re read this book this year for my book club 6 years since I read it first I agree with all points after my first read but want to add some additional points on issues that Coelho discusses Conformity, society norms and its danger Madness insanity and what they really mean within the chains of society norms how society norms varies from culture to culture, and how personal individuality can be affected by these norms Death and life and how knowing that death is imminent changes your perception of life you start appreciating every moment and allow yourself to express yourself The book discusses other characters, Mari, Zedka, and Eduard They were hiding inside the walls of Vilette because they were trying to escape the real world due to similar reasons related to to not being understood by their families and society Vilette s environment created a shield from the real world, society , and allowed these insane people to express themselves and behave the way they want without criticism At the end Veronika s suicide affects them profoundly awakening in them a desire to live outside of Vilette s walls and also making them to realize that Vilette is just another form of controlled society with its own rules and acceptance And that at the end the true happiness lies in our own desire and believe, in our own acceptance and willingness to remove any boundaries and allow ourselves to live to the fullest, and be happy Veronika is a 24 year old Slovenian woman who one day decides to kill herself, apparently because 1 everything in her life was the same and, once her youth was gone, it would be downhill all the way and 2 everything is wrong with the world and she feels powerless to make things right After she takes an overdose of sleeping pills, Veronika wakes up in a mental asylum and the remainder of the book is, basically, a series of interactions between Veronika and a number of the inhabitants of th Veronika is a 24 year old Slovenian woman who one day decides to kill herself, apparently because 1 everything in her life was the same and, once her youth was gone, it would be downhill all the way and 2 everything is wrong with the world and she feels powerless to make things right After she takes an overdose of sleeping pills, Veronika wakes up in a mental asylum and the remainder of the book is, basically, a series of interactions between Veronika and a number of the inhabitants of the asylum, including a young schizophrenic named Eduard, who mainly stands around mutely and masturbates while Veronika plays the piano Veronika what else inexplicably falls in love with him, after she similarly inexplicably regains her joie de vivre I suppose, that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Veronika, and certainly Coelho does not add much else in terms of characterisation Some reviewers have pointed out that to create realistic characters or believable plot is not the point of this book and certainly not Coelho s intention I guess one really has no choice but to agree with this as it is patently obvious that this is not so much a book as a meditation on insanity with characters and plot which are merely vehicles to convey the author s thoughts on the subject and encourage the reader to reflect on the same and to explore how they may feel behave think in similar circumstances Paulo Coelho himself makes a brief and pointless appearance at the beginning of the book to tell you that it is based on his own experiences as a mental patient and proceeds to bash you over the head with his message, which is that everyone is crazy, insanity and genius are two sides of the same coin and we should all let our inner freak out and stop trying to conform.As a reader, I find this approach supremely unsatisfactory For some reason, I tend to be muchreceptive to the message when I can actually bring myself to care about the story or the characters, however unsympathetic they may be I am sometimes able to forgive lack of plot or character development if the book is particularly informative or beautifully written or manages to turn me on or makes me think about a subject in a new and interesting way Unfortunately, this book did none of that Veronika fails even as a placeholder because her actions are so absurd and incomprehensible that I was completely unable to relate to them or to put myself in her shoes So all that was left was the message and I had absolutely no patience for Coelho s particular brand of preachy self help pop psychology [ READ EBOOK ] ♄ Veronika Decides to Die ♵ In his latest international bestseller, the celebrated author of The Alchemist addresses the fundamental questions asked by millions What am I doing here today and Why do I go on living Twenty four year old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for youth and beauty, plenty of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family Yet something is lacking in her life Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it So, on the morning of November Veronika decides to die She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake upNaturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal While the overdose didn t kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to liveThe story follows Veronika through the intense week of self discovery that ensues To her surprise, Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients, who, each in his or her individual way, reflect the heart of human experience In the heightened state of life s final moments, Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before hatred, fear, curiosity, love, and sexual awakening She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour emerges open to life than ever before In Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho takes the reader on a distinctly modern quest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst, soulless routine, and pervasive conformity Based on 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 Poignant 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 At about 50 pages in, it s a little frightening how much I ve identified with Veronika thus far, how much I understand her rationale for wanting to die She can only see one path unfolding for herself, and it s one she can t stomach I get that But unlike Veronika I haven t given up hope that my path may yet fork off in unexpected and exciting directions.I also read and think there must be a certain kind of comfort in going truly insane Not this garden variety neurosis I experience, but really At about 50 pages in, it s a little frightening how much I ve identified with Veronika thus far, how much I understand her rationale for wanting to die She can only see one path unfolding for herself, and it s one she can t stomach I get that But unlike Veronika I haven t given up hope that my path may yet fork off in unexpected and exciting directions.I also read and think there must be a certain kind of comfort in going truly insane Not this garden variety neurosis I experience, but really, disconnected from reality insane We re so frightened of the idea of insanity, of not knowing what s going on around us or not being able to distinguish truth from fantasy, but what would it be like to live it There s a part of me that thinks maybe it would be just a little liberating, and I can understand why the Fraternity wants to stay in the asylum instead of returning to the world outside I m settled in to read It s drizzling rain and the sky outside is a deep, melancholy gray I ve got pillows stacked up on the couch, the cat languorously swishing his tail as he gazes out the window, and a cup of chocolate truffle coffee on the little rolling cart we use for a coffee table Angelo Badalementi s haunting soundtrack music from Twin Peaks pours from the tinny speakers on my laptop It s kind of a perfect day.I just came across this passage Depression.The doctors said that a recently discovered substance, serotonin, was one of the compounds responsible for how human beings felt A lack of serotonin impaired one s capacity to concentrate at work, to sleep, to eat, and to enjoy life s pleasures When this substance was completely absent, the person experienced despair, pessimism, a sense of futility, terrible tiredness, anxiety, difficulties in making decisions, and would end up sinking into a permanent gloom, which would lead either to complete apathy or suicide In Zedka s case, however, the reasons were simpler than anyone suspected there was a man hidden in her past, or rather, the fantasy she had built up about a man she had known a long time ago.Oh, Zedka, I suspect many of us can trace the roots of depression to the fantasy of a man or woman hidden in our pasts.I m now eager to read on and discover Zedka s story.The impossible love The refusal to believe the impossible love is impossible Hope itself can be a sort of madness sometimes, when it s false, when we allow it to consume us rather than uplift Yes I know this.Now back to Veronika, and, holy shit, I could just as well be reading my own journal She had overcome her minor defects only to be defeated by matters of fundamental importance She had managed to appear utterly independent when she was, in fact, desperately in need of company 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.Because of that she had never had enough energy to be herself, a person who, like everyone in the world, needed other people in order to be happy But other people were so difficult They reacted in unpredictable ways, they surrounded themselves with defensive walls, they behaved just as she did, pretending they didn t care about anything She might have impressed a lot of people with her strength and determination, but where had it left her In the void Utterly alone.I suspect Veronika soon will learn she s not quite as alone as she thinks God, I hope so.Also I think I have to stop reproducing passages from this book or I ll end up quoting the whole damn thing.Dr Igor The psychiatrist Quite possibly the craziest character in the book He s laughably absurd I loved the interchange between him and Veronika s mother the jumping back and forth between points of view and the mother s puzzlement at the things Igor was saying.Oh Here s another snippetHaven t you learned anything, not even with the approach of death Stop thinking all the time that you re in the way, that you re bothering the person next to you If people don t like it, they can complain And if they don t have the courage to complain, that s their problem The supposedly insane people in this novel are all ones who are challenging and rejecting these unspoken rules we all live by, that hold us down and hold us back These ideas that we should follow certain expected paths and behave in certain ways and suppress our true selves These lunatics are calling bullshit on society, and it s wonderful And now I m done, and I feel like I ve gone on a journey with this book and come out the other side much like Veronika, Mari, Eduard and Zedka ready to embrace my life and my capacity for love 2 bemused yes bemused stars Veronika has a mild personality disorder and attempts a serious suicide attempt She is placed in a private psych hospital in the capital of Slovenia She is beautiful and artistic and hypersexual and special I suspect that this is the way Mr Coelho views himself as well Through pretentious and contrived conversations and situations filled with half facts, pseudo wisdom and a whole lot of malarkey she is cured This is not a novel but rather a vehicle for Mr Co 2 bemused yes bemused stars Veronika has a mild personality disorder and attempts a serious suicide attempt She is placed in a private psych hospital in the capital of Slovenia She is beautiful and artistic and hypersexual and special I suspect that this is the way Mr Coelho views himself as well Through pretentious and contrived conversations and situations filled with half facts, pseudo wisdom and a whole lot of malarkey she is cured This is not a novel but rather a vehicle for Mr Coelho to brand his own personal philosophies to the masses almost like propaganda This book elicited a bemused response from me at this age so I decided to imagine what Jaidee at other ages would have thought and felt about this book.Jaidee at 14 1 star really weird and kind of boring Jaidee at 19 3 stars Wow that Veronika is one cool and sexi chick Jaidee at 23 3.5 stars Poor Veronika she is so misunderstood another victim of patriarchy Jaidee at 28 4 stars Wow there is some pretty cool stuff in this bookvery deep Jaidee at 37 barely half a star what a bunch of ridiculous bs Perhaps this book has elements of all the above and that is why Mr Coelho sells so many damn books For people who are concerned only superficially with the subject complex, the book is perhaps quite suitable.I found it very terrible and failed, especially in face of the fact that the approach could have a lot of potential, but this novel was anything but useful. The best way to describe this book is it makes no sense whatsoever Of course, you may say Well, Xandra, Paulo Coelho is a profound man, a philosopher Not everyone gets him Yeah, ok I can t possibly argue with that NowVeronika is a young Slovenian woman who decides to kill herself because her youth is almost gone and the world is a fucked up place What Yes, she is Slovenian What do you mean why I don t know why I guess it sexotic this way Shut up Ugh, I m talking to myself The best way to describe this book is it makes no sense whatsoever Of course, you may say Well, Xandra, Paulo Coelho is a profound man, a philosopher Not everyone gets him Yeah, ok I can t possibly argue with that NowVeronika is a young Slovenian woman who decides to kill herself because her youth is almost gone and the world is a fucked up place What Yes, she is Slovenian What do you mean why I don t know why I guess it sexotic this way Shut up Ugh, I m talking to myself again Paulo Coelho is driving me nuts So, yeah, she overdoses on sleeping pills, but, unfortunately for us all , she doesn t end up six feet underground, but in a mental institution where she is told she only has one week to live I actually laughed out loud at that Who wouldn t You then follow her interactions with a bunch of uninteresting characters, a schizophrenic guy named Eduard being one of them Actually, no I m not fair Eduard is not a totally uninteresting guy He s a little kinky and funny and creepy because he likes watching Veronika masturbate while she plays the piano Didn t see that coming I mean, Eduard never talks, he s basically a recluse, but after this scene these two weirdos inexplicably fall in love.And this isn t even the best part The best part is the ending view spoiler It turns out that Veronika s psychiatrist, a true example of professionalism, was lying the whole time Veronika isn t sick, it was all a freakish experiment you know, in the name of science and of course it worked because now Veronika doesn t want to die any and she s gonna live happily ever after with her rich creepy boyfriend Eduard hide spoiler Great stuff I m waiting for Veronika Decides to Die a graphic novel Veronika, an attractive 24 year old woman living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has loving parents, an okay job, decent boyfriends, and so on However she s tired of her routine life and tries to commit suicide Veronika s attempt fails and she wakes up in Villete, a local mental hospital There Veronika is told that her suicide attempt has severely damaged her heart and she has about a week to live Liberated from worries about going on with life and learning that mental patients are free to exhibit Veronika, an attractive 24 year old woman living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has loving parents, an okay job, decent boyfriends, and so on However she s tired of her routine life and tries to commit suicide Veronika s attempt fails and she wakes up in Villete, a local mental hospital There Veronika is told that her suicide attempt has severely damaged her heart and she has about a week to live Liberated from worries about going on with life and learning that mental patients are free to exhibit any behavior they like Veronika decides to interact with some fellow patients She befriends Mari, who has panic attacks Zedka, who is depressed and Eduard, a catatonic schizophrenic who seems to enjoy Veronika s piano playing Meanwhile, Dr Igor, the head psychiatrist, studies Veronika and the other patients at Villete to test his theory that a body substance called vitriol causes mental illness By the end of the book Veronika s presence at Villete causes many of the patients to change their attitudes about their own mental illness as well as how they want to live their lives The book seems to accurately describe the behavior of some mentally ill people but I thought the depiction of the patients was generally superficial and provided little insight into true mental disorders However some of the characters are interesting and the story is okay.I d mildly recommend the book to readers interested in mental health.You can follow my reviews at