Veronika Decides to Die was one of the first books I read of Paulo Coelho – it’s likewise one of my top picks. I discovered it to be a moving story of a youthful lady’s hesitance to persist with life and I was urgent to peruse to the extent that Paulo Coelho as I could. Just, I didn’t. I at last grabbed The Devil and Miss Prym few weeks ago, and despite the fact that I didn’t prefer it to the extent that Veronika, in any case it well worth a read.
Plot rundown: When a more unusual touches base in a detached mountain town, he brings with him a shrewd offer: If anyone in the town is killed inside a week, each surviving inhabitant will get a fortune in gold. His malice actuation tosses the townspeople into an ethical spiral that finishes with a significant plot shock.
It’s an extremely straightforward idea, any semblance of which could be found in any of those ‘What might you do?’ books. A weirder lands at a sluggish town high in the mountains and shows The Devil, Miss Prym, a bar of gold he has covered up in the forested areas and lets her know of an alternate nine adjacent. She must educate the townsfolk of his offer – if one man in the town is killed by the end of the week, the town will get the ten bars of gold.
This book ( The Devil and Miss Prym ) is based around decisions, two of them. The main is Miss Prym’s – she can decide to take the one gold bar she knows the area of and run off to the city to seek after her dreams. This might not just help her carry on with the life she generally longed for, additionally secure her neighbors from needing to settle on an anguishing choice. Then again, the more good decision might be to not take the gold, and not to tell the villagers of the weirder’s offer with the goal that all concerned could safeguard their ethical respectability. On the other hand, ought to Miss Prym begin down this way, the weirder has guaranteed that he will educate the subjects himself and they will probably disdain the barmaid for concealing this data and pick her as the conciliatory exploited person.
The second decision is clearly that of the villagers – whether they ought to acknowledge the gold offered to them to spare their withering town and homicide a guiltless tenant, or let their home wink out of presence, however stay as an afterthought of honorability.
Paulo Coelho is a hugely gifted creator who some way or another figures out how to get right inside the leaders of his characters. He finished it grandly with Veronika, and he does the same with the more abnormal who is attempting to persuade himself there is still great left on the planet and with Miss Prym, who is confronting the most unnerving choice she has ever needed to make. Some way or another, no one in the book felt to me like an awful individual – some were unlikeable, yes, however that is a totally distinctive story. I know bunches of individuals I abhorrence, yet aren’t essentially “terrible.” But then, what is “awful” truth be told?
To me, the embodiment of this book is great vs. fiendishness, and that maybe it’s not generally as obvious a decision as it appears. Also yes, there have been numerous books on this subject recently, not like this one. This is an extremely particular, exceptionally individual take a gander at what individuals can do when pushed. Religion every so often comes into it, as does the Devil, yet its more in a profound manner than a churchy way.
My just protest is the ‘real plot amazement’ said in the Amazon rundown. That is to say, there isn’t one. In spite of the fact that I concede that this is an issue of the ad spot not the book itself, the story does appear to simply sort of… become dull a bit. It wasn’t adjusted off and additionally maybe it could have been.
Still, I truly reveled in understanding it and I’m anticipating perusing the six books I purchased in a Paulo Coelho box set a week ago. In case you’re acknowledging beginning one of this writer’s books, I’d begin with either Veronika or this one.