Monday, February 09, 2009
Veronika Decides to Live
Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die is a book that has to be read. Just has to be. By every young person who is about to face the world on his/her own.
May be it just be made to be read in undergrad school everywhere. So that we have lesser number of suicides.
The woman has all the very thoughts for a young person who has been good and hasn't made mistakes and hasn't been mad. But you know what ? You ought to be mad. The entire gist is about one line.
Collective madness is called sanity.
The best part about this book is the ending. Usually I feel good books have bad endings. I was just discussing this with a friend today morning. Atlas Shrugged, The Zahir, list is endless. I feel writers get bored when they come to the ending.
But Paulo knew where he was going. He always knew the ending from the very beginning. It's totally my kinda story where I work the story backwards. I think he did the same. But then it's based on a true story.
There are very few characters in the story and each adds up so beautifully. Each expresses life in their own beautiful way. May be that's why they are called mad, because they live while we just exist.