#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: Veronika Decides to Die

For Book Beginnings:
On November 11, 1997, Veronika decided that the moment to kill herself had --at last! -- arrived. She carefully cleaned the room that she rented a convent, turned off the heat, brushed her teeth, and lay down.
- p. 3

 For Friday 56:  
Zedka thought it unjust to label a whole nation as criminals because of the folly of a few madmen.
- p. 56

About Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coehlo: 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 Veronika decides to die. 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.

This poignant international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist takes readers on a quest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst, soulless routine, and pervasive conformity. Based on 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.

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