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.
I read this book about ten years ago and I was absolutelly stunned by it! In some way, I think it is even better than The Alchemist. I think this is Coelho's most personal book, he was in a mental hospital too.
I liked the writing and I liked his thoughs on life and advices and of course the characters - Edward espacially - I think he is based on young Coelho.
So, eagerly I bought the audiobook, as I listen to books nowadays rather than read them. And I think I was slightly dissapointed. It didn't have the same magic, I thought it is even too naive. Maybe it's because I read at least 4-5 books by Coelho and they are... more or less the same.
Still, it was nice to remind myself of Veronica.