Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption by Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika turns out to have every thing -- adolescence and sweetness, boyfriends and a loving family members, a satisfying task. yet anything is lacking in her existence. So, one chilly November morning, she takes a handful of sound asleep tablets watching for by no means to get up. yet she does -- at a psychological health center the place she is advised that she has merely days to stay. encouraged by way of occasions in Coelho's personal existence, Veronika comes to a decision to Die questions the which means of insanity and celebrates people who don't healthy into styles society considers to be basic. daring and illuminating, it's a spectacular portrait of a tender lady on the crossroads of melancholy and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of every day as a renewed chance.

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She believed herself to be completely normal. Two very simple reasons lay behind her decision to die, and she was sure that, were she to leave a note explaining, many people would agree with her. The first reason: everything in her life was the same and, once her youth was gone, it would be downhill all the way, with old age beginning to leave irreversible marks, the onset of illness, the departure of friends. She would gain nothing by continuing to live; indeed, the likelihood of suffering only increased.

But he was let out. And when he left the sanatorium for the last time, determined never to go back, he had made two promises: (a) that he would one day write about the subject and (b) that he would wait until both his parents were dead before touching publicly on the issue, because he didn't want to hurt them, since both had spent many years of their lives blaming themselves for what they had done. His mother had died in 1993, but his father, who had turned eighty-four in 1997, was still alive and in full possession of his mental faculties and his health, despite having emphysema of the lungs (even though he'd never smoked) and despite living entirely off frozen food because he couldn't get a housekeeper who could put up with his eccentricities.

Reference source not found. She tried to move and the pain increased. A series of bright dots appeared, but, even so,Veronika knew that those dots were not the stars of Paradise, but the consequences of the intense pain she was feeling. ‘She's coming round,’ she heard a woman say. ’ No, it couldn't be true, that voice was deceiving her. It wasn't hell, because she felt really cold and she was aware of plastic tubes coming out of her nose and mouth. One of the tubes—the one stuck down her throat—made her feel as if she were choking.

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