Veronika Decides to Die

 《韦罗妮卡决定去死》(Veronika Decides to Die)是巴西作家保洛·柯尔霍Paulo Coelho)的畅销小说之一,也是我看过的保洛·柯尔霍所著的第四本书。

韦罗妮卡在故事的开端就自杀了。她醒来以后发现自己身处神经病医院,虽然她的命被救回来了,她被医生告知她有心脏的疾病,不久就要与世长辞了。命运好似跟韦罗妮卡开了一个残酷的玩笑。如果这种情况发生在你的身上,你又会怎么做呢?韦罗妮卡的痛苦,挣扎和成长影响到了她身边的每一个人。小小的神经病医院一下子充满了生机,充满了故事,充满了正能量!

我是保洛·柯尔霍的忠实读者却每次拿起了这本书又放了下去 – 我不喜欢看悲剧!一个好友前一阵和我谈到保洛·柯尔霍时推荐了这本书,还特地把书借给我。她说此书给她的人生带来了很大的影响,又特地解释,这不是一部悲剧。我在心里叹气,原来我和这本书这么有缘呢!老实说,看完以后,我发现保洛·柯尔霍的其它两本书,《炼金术士》(The Alchemist)和《少女布莱达灵修之旅》(Brida)在我心里的触动更多些。当然,一本好书在每一个读者的脑海里都会留下不同的烙印。

《韦罗妮卡决定去死》是本值得一看的小说。韦罗妮卡年轻漂亮,丰衣足食,过着很多人向往的无忧无虑的日子,她为什么要自杀?她“复活”之后自我反思才发现她以前的生活不过是随波逐流的混日子,没有目标,没有动力,难怪自己会心中生厌。因为怕失败,怕被拒绝,韦罗妮卡的生活从不脱离轨道;因为怕伤心,怕痛苦,韦罗妮卡像是花丛里的蝴蝶,享受花儿们的崇拜,她从不交出真心,如何会心碎?命运的玩笑让她明白,活着的每一天都是奇迹。她要扔掉自己的盔甲,敢爱敢恨敢入世。

看了《韦罗妮卡决定去死》你会不由的问自己,如果自己只有一个月的生命,你会怎么过?想好之后,写下来,然后开始行动吧!

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The Detective’s Daughter

The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson tells me that everyone is a bit OCD!

The daughter of a retired detective tried to solve the last murder her father was working on before he died suddenly. The book is a bit slow, its a crime story, its a bit gloomy and dark, its about family love and the main characters are all a bit OCD.

The detective’s daughter ran a cleaning company and she was obsessed about cleanliness. From what I read, most of her clients were also obsessed about cleanliness. Lesley spent decent amount of words on describing how the cleaning company performed their work and I was very impressed with their attention to details. I would get them to clean my house once a year in that format. Who on earth would do that amount of cleaning every week though? Those clients of hers, with OCD, I say! Everyone else in the book also seemed obsessed about something in their lives: let it be traveling on Google Street View before every trip, or live in someone’s house without “the host” knowing, or stalk your ex at work, then everywhere else… I actually would call some of the characters’ traits more psychopathic than OCD.

The detective’s love for his daughter was hardly appreciated when he was alive. He was blamed for spending more time at his work than with his family. That, I suppose would be many fathers’ “crime”. His daughter learned the hardship of being a detective through the journey of discovering the murderer. It was too late then. Why don’t we appreciate our parents enough when they are still with us?

The book started a bit slow and then carried on in the same pace. If you love a fast paced gripping thriller such as The Da Vinci Code, then this is definitely not for you. The book required a bit patience to get into and/or to finish. People like me – the kind who had to finish the book when it’s started, would just be able to finish it. The story began 20 years ago and was developed at a few locations with a few characters. One of the character in the book used Google Street View as a traveling/stalking tool. I was intrigued by this idea and looked up the locations mentioned in the book on Google Map, and found that this excise put the story more into perspective for me, or maybe, the book was not attractive and I had to do something to spice it up!

2 out of 5 stars from me. Read this book if you would like to experience the snowy wet and London‘s cold winter.