Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

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.

6 thoughts on “Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

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  • October 3 at 10:52 am

    I remember reading the Alchemist in an airplane while moving to a foreign country. The book made the trip one of the most memorable flights of my life. Never read anything else of his though. I think I’ll give this one a try, thx for the review.

  • March 17 at 7:44 pm


    I’m a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He’s the first best-selling author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

    Have a nice day!


  • March 16 at 4:17 pm

    More of a “Meh, if you have time.” to be honest. (Although it’s a slim book so you should have it read in a few minutes :p)

    I’m finding that with most of his books to be honest, I really liked The Alchemist, but everything I’ve read since, hasn’t really gripped me.

    In fact I wasn’t making a concerted effort to read a lot more books this year, I could quite easily have put it down and not been bothered to pick it up again, but on the flip side I did mostly enjoy reading it.

    There, that’s not helped your dithering one jot, has it? 😀

  • March 16 at 3:18 pm

    I was dithering about this one on Bookmooch (I see you have it listed!) Is it a strong recommendation or more of a “Meh, if you have time” read?

    I’m not too sure on the madness theme, tbh…

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