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This review is from: Veronika Decides to Die (Paperback)
This is possibly the worst book I have ever read. And as someone who has also recently read Twilight Eclipse there was stiff competition for this accolade.
I read this for book group and it is a stinker! Hilariously so! It is a vain, transparent, infantile, piece of inadequacy. The characters are one dimensional and universally unlikeable, the medical content is just plain incorrect, the shoe-horned in pointless sex was confusingly funny. A parade of ludicrous and secondhand twaddle dressed up as self help.
Worst bit? Hmmm, tricky but probably when author puts himself in the novel. I kid you not. The vanity!
I've changed my mind, don't steer clear, read it because it'll really make you laugh. Enjoy!
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2012 09:50:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2012 10:15:28 GMT
What a load of rubbish you talk, the desolation of character and the situation that she is in and the whole beauty of life in itself that we all take for granted most of the time, this is about waking up and actually embracing each day instead of just surviving it! it is about losing oneself in everyday life and forgetting passion, love, anger, hope, ambition, cause, all the emotions of life and feeling the profound emptiness that comes with that, it is about finding that again and the freedom that we think doesn't exist, does and feeling released because of it! to drone on about the medical content being incorrect is completely missing the point! that is like someone watching batman and saying well it's not realistic! well you know there really isn't a large human bat in real life either but you still enjoy the film! completely missing the point!! But alas for someone who holds a teenage trilogy in a higher accolade then I expect no less. This book is amazing and should be followed up by The Alchemist also by Paulo Coelho, a great journey if you have the imagination and depths to see it!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 07:56:02 BDT
I think that if Paulo Coelho had wanted to write a book about "passion, love, anger, hope, ambition, cause, all the emotions of life and feeling the profound emptiness that comes with that" he might have tried describing them rather than just naming them.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 13:57:23 BDT
you are completely missing the point of the book, unless of course you haven't read it!??? that is exactly what Paulo does obviously with the help of your imagination!
In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2013 11:44:44 BDT
pixie freak says:
I read The Alchemist when I was much younger and I did enjoy it, the message seemed pertinent at that time. He is an author who has Ideas and Messages but finds it difficult to create a well written and intellectually rewarding novel around them and has no concept of subtlety - he treats his readers like children. For me, his novels are for readers who like a rose tinted, neat view of the world and want to be told how to live their lives in a core values paint by numbers way. My comment regarding Twight was a joke - that is awful but this book was worse as it dresses itself up as something profound when, if you've actually lived a bit, his "ideas" are banal and lowest common denominator. Dr Phil thinking.
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