Veronika Decides to Die Book Summary and Study Guide

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                  The main character of the book is Veronika she is a young girl with youth, boyfriends, loving family, a good job but still she finds life empty so she decides to take her own life but her failed attempt leads her to Villette a local mental hospital in Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. Here she meets different inmates of the hospital who have a great impact on her life, like Zedka who is depressed in spite of having a loving family. She is in search of a past lover but she has no clue where to find him and where to begin her search. Then there is Mari a really successful lawyer who wished to do something different but she starts having panic attacks. Eduard with whom Veronika falls in love. He wishes to live his life on his own terms.
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          The story begins on 11th November 1997, the day Veronika decides that now the day has arrived for her to kill herself so she cleans the room she rented in the convent, brushed her teeth and lay down on the bed.
          She has all the things in life. She lives in the capital city of Slovenia yet she is not happy so one winter morning she takes an overdose of powerful sleeping pills. Unfortunately for her she doesn't die instead a week later she wakes up in Villette the feared and much lunatic mental asylum. There she is told that though she is alive but her heart is badly damaged and she only has a few days to live. In these intense days she begins to question her existence and ideas about life. Soon she begins to realize that every second of life is worth living and against all odds she begins to find herself falling in love with life and wanting to live again.
Paulo Coelho is trying to teach the reader several things alongside observing his own promise to reveal his personal experiences of a doctor patient relationship into a mental hospital. The main focus of the story is on Veronika and her relationships with the other inmates of villette.
The review of this Book prepared by alize

    Without an obvious reason, Veronika a Beautiful, young, and loved girl decides that life is not worth living. Everyday routine in the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, was too normal for her so she decides to to take an overdose of sleeping pills in order to stop that endless routine and take her own life.
    Days later, after waking up in a phsychiatric hospital she is informed that although she did not die at that time, death was still around the corner.
    This book tells her story after she struggles to live her last few remaining days appreciating every second of her life.

The review of this Book prepared by Emile Hajjar

24 year old Veronica 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 Veronica decides to die. 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.
The review of this Book prepared by roseller

Paulo Coelho gathers my thoughts and puts them onto the page in a way that only a genius could do.

Veronika decides to die, but her suicide attempt goes wrong and she wakes from a coma to find she will soon die from a damaged heart. Through the story of her remaining days Coelho encourages the reader to believe in hope and follow his or her own dream with out the fear of being seen as mad.
The review of this Book prepared by Katy McCarthy

Young woman decides to kill hrself, but fails her suicide. Awakens in a mental hospital and told she has only a few days to live because of the effect of the drugs she took.
The review of this Book prepared by saliero

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   mental patient Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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