A dramatic story of love, life and death that shows us all why every second of our existence is a choice we all make between living and dying.
Young, pretty, popular, good job, decent prospects, loving family, Veronika should be happy, yet something is lacking in her life, for everything that is right in her life, she is not happy, and so ‘decides to die’.
Sometime later she wakes up in a local hospital, where the staff inform her, that the pills she tried to overdose on, have done irreparable damage to her heart and she only has days to live.
Forced to evaluate her life during it’s final few days, she finds herself finding more and more reasons to live, experiencing feelings and emotions she has never really felt before, even finding love.
Through her interactions with her fellow patients, Coelho, explores what is madness, and lets the reader decide.
Coelho, maintains a nice mellow pace throughout the story, that immerses you in the text, that is only broken by an unnecessary and gratuitous sex scene that jolts you out of the carefully constructed atmosphere, he really should have chosen to ‘fade to black’
This was another thought provoking and and intelligent read from Paulo Coelho.