Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die

There’s a movie adaptation of this book with Sara Michelle Geller and Lee Pace. I absolutely love both of these guys. They have such good chemistry together. I recommend the movie after the book.

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

The book is full of melancholy, medical intrigue, and a portrait of depression. The protagonist is a 24-year old Slovenian that ends up in a mental institution after attempting suicide.

“You have two choice, to control your mild or let your mind control you.”

“Nothing in this world happens by chance.”

Veronika Decides to Die is an easy read. She learns to experience love again; she experiences betrayal. The ending – surprisingly – was a bit of a shock for me if a little underwhelming. How those two qualities could be meshed in an ending only Coelho could accomplish, I think. This text is, ultimately, for the modern girl who wants to get in touch with her soul.

“They spent days, nights, weeks, and years talking, never accepting the fact that, good or bad, an idea only exists when someone puts it into practice.”

Work Cited

Coelho, Paulo. Veronika Decides to Die. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.

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