Veronika Decides to Die

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It was one fine evening when the bear was scanning through the shelf of books that the salmon had in his house that he came across this book. The title itself is what caught the eyes of the bear. The bear was curious as to why the girl wanted to kill herself. Having read the synopsis of the book from the back cover, he decides to have a go at the book. You see, the bear isn't much of a book reader. Most of the reading materials are mainly for study purposes.

The book was about this young girl named Veronika who decides to kill herself. Her reason was she has seen enough of what life had to offer. It's an endless cycle that repeats itself day after day. After the attempt on her life, she regained concious in a mental hospital. She was told that she only had about a week to live since the overdose of sleeping pills has caused irreversible damage to her heart. All Veronika wanted at first was to end her life as soon as possible.

But while she was in the hospital, she found out that there were those in the hospital that are pretending to be crazy. These are the people that does not want to deal with the problems of the world outside. Everyday Veronika grew weaker. In the face of death, Veronika found a new flame to live. Given the limited amount of days to live, she knows that she had nothing to lose. She found courage to do things that she had never thought of doing. Things that are way too radical for most people to do. Things that are deemed to be not what normal people would do. Breaking from the norm, she found her true desires. Fear was never again an issue for her.

The other inmates of the mental institute was also affected by the young women. Having witness how this young girl that fought her days there, they came to rethink about their stay in Villete (the hospital). Through Veronika, the others too began to have the will to live. The will to break free and do what they have always wanted to do.

Death makes us realize what it means to live. Imagine this, if you one day found out that you only have days to live, what would you do? Does all the fame and glory that you seek means anything to you? Does the money you have means anything to you? Does your dignity, reputation and social status still have any importance to you? Does it matter what others think about you? And why only in the eyes of death that we realize this? Wouldn't it be too late?

The bear has said it and will say it again. In doing what we need to do, we must also do what we want to do. Finding a balance between both is always important. Think of what you really need. Is it not just food, water, and shelter to live? Often times we tend to mix up what we need and what we want. Choices are always given. They may not appear right before our eyes. But seek for it. Ask and you shall receive.

Fear has always been what's stopping us from doing things that we want. Like how we want to climb a tree to pick a fruit. We have been taught that it's dangerous. By instilling fear that we might fall and injure ourselves we dare not climb to get the fruit. You may say that there are safer ways to get them but that is what makes it different. The choice we make and the road we take. In the end we get the fruit but the thrill and excitement by climbing the tree has been lost. Remember what matters is not really the destination but it is the journey that counts.

Fear is what places us in a box. A box named as safety zone. A sense of security and being safe. A place where normal people wants and does the same things. A place where they reject what is absurd and abnormal. A place where those of the minority are called as abomination and madmen. Fear is what trapping us from the true desires of the heart. Ask yourself when was the last time you did something that you really desire regardless of what others may think or judge.








~There is always a choice, you just gotta seek them out~

15 comments:

manglish said...

my life is all about wat other ppl think of me, pathetic eh....

pikey said...

Your first book review was very nicely done eh... i can say it was better than the book review I wrote on this book many years ago...

And who say your English is bad, lols.

Mark said...

Nice review and a great life lesson. Only in the face of death do we realize the meaning of life. Someone who faced death before once said this.

Isn't that human nature? Only when we are about to lose something, do we realize how important it really was in the first place.

said...

a very good book, i should borrow from u guys :)

if i knw i only have few days to live, i may try orgies... haha~ but of coz i wont :P

William said...

When there is no fear, no more inhibitions... it can be beneficial and it can also be the start of a downward spiral.

the happy go lucky one said...

nice review *thumbs up* and totally agree with u, why only the death can awaken us? hopefully many will have better understanding abt life and living through this book and ur sharing, thanks :)

Mr.D said...

not bad.

Edison Lee said...

paolo coelho is a fantastic writer. i hv read this book back in 2008.

i'm recommending "the pilgrimage" & "the alcamist".

"the devil and miss prym" is nice too!

pikey said...

@edison: among the 3 books, i prefer 'the devil and miss prym', a story on social human behaviours... interesting to me...

Evann said...

OMG I read that ages ago. Back when I was suicidal myself. Hahahah. =)

Bravebear said...

manglish, you have all the strength to change it if you want to.

pikey, it is BAD! So many typo and errors...

Mark, yes it is. But we can realize that earlier and make a change.

L2, orgy?! hmmm... that never crossed my mind at all... hahaha!

William, there are always pros and cons. If it's all pro it would be perfect...

Bravebear said...

Happy, just voicing my thoughts. Hopefully this is helpful to anyone who needs it.

Mr.D, not bad? the book u mean?

Edison, I see... I am not much of a reader but will definitely consider them. thanks!

pikey, you like to reply hor... hahahaha!

Evann, glad that you are still here. I guess at some point of our life, some of us might also think of taking the suicidal road...

J-boy said...

You said Veronika found the courage to do things she had never thought of doing..

i'm really curious what was it excatly... did she fall in love?

can tell pls? :P

Ban said...

AH! You called him the salmon in your post! Lol!

I hardly read nowadays... maybe i should. But not likely a depressing book. :P

Bravebear said...

J-boy, I would like to tell you too. But I think it's better that you find it out on your own :p

Ban, I HATE reading! lol!