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By Paulo Coelho

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika turns out to have every thing -- early life and wonder, boyfriends and a loving relations, a satisfying activity. yet anything is lacking in her existence. So, one chilly November morning, she takes a handful of napping drugs watching for by no means to get up. yet she does -- at a psychological health center the place she is advised that she has basically 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 general. daring and illuminating, it's a extraordinary 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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I'll make love with them in their houses, or in the woods, I'll feel a certain degree of pleasure, but the moment I reach orgasm, the feeling of emptiness will return. We won't have much to talk about, and both he and I will know it. The time will come to make our excuses—‘It's late’, or ‘I have to get up early tomorrow’—and we'll part as quickly as possible, avoiding looking each other in the eye. I'll go back to my rented room in the convent. I'll try and read a book, turn on the TV to see the same old programmes, set the alarm clock to wake up at exactly the same time I woke up the day before and mechanically repeat my tasks at the library.

Error! 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.

The result was utter confusion, and the press were constantly publishing tales of ill-treatment and abuse, although they had never been given permission to visit Villette and actually see what was happening. The government was investigating the complaints, but could get no proof; the shareholders threatened to spread the word that foreign investment was difficult in Slovenia, and so the institution managed to remain afloat, indeed, it went from strength to strength. ‘My aunt killed herself a few months ago,’ the female voice continued.

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