Inspired by 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 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. 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.
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As bleak and uninviting as the title looks, the aim of this novel is to make sense of the world and encourage readers not to linger in any kind of lifestyle they don't completely believe in. Truth be told, this can be viewed as a typical Coelho novel aiming to give a more realistic approach towards self-help. Self-help books may only be a corny way of saying that life is beautiful, so appreciate every instant. However, behind those expected words in this book is a much more elaborate message. The premise behind the story is that everyone is as impressionable as Veronika when it comes to reigniting the withering will to live within. Veronica, who is about 24, appears to have it all; young and pretty, surrounded by men, has a caring family, and a decent job. Yet, her life had an emptiness that dulled everything.
Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
Veronika Decides to Die is a novel by Paulo Coelho. It tells the story of year-old Slovenian Veronika, who appears to have everything in life going for her, but who decides to kill herself. This book is partly based on Coelho's experience in various mental institutions, and deals with the subject of madness.
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, 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.