Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo CoelhoIt 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 see the biography Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias , and deals with the subject of madness. The gist of the message is that "collective madness is called sanity". Veronika is a young woman from Ljubljana , Slovenia who appears to have a perfect life, but nevertheless decides to commit suicide by overdosing with sleeping pills. While she waits to die, she cancels the suicide letter she starts to her parents while suddenly provoked by a magazine article. The magazine article wittily asks "Where is Slovenia? Her plan fails and she wakes up from the coma in Villette, a mental hospital in Slovenia, where she is told she has only a few days to live due to heart condition caused by the overdose.
Veronika Decides to Die
It just takes one book to understand why, and this book certainly fits into that category. Veronica is a young woman with a happy life. She has loving parents and a nice job. She lives in Ljubljana, the capital city of the newly formed country of Slovenia after the Yugoslavian civil war. With as many positives points in her life, Veronica found nearly as much sadness. She believed the routine of her life was inconsequential and secretly vowed to kill herself to leave the world behind.
There she is told that although she is alive, her heart is now irreparably damaged and she has only a few days to live.. This story follows her through these intense days as she starts to question all her ideas about life. Soon she comes to realize that every second of existence is a choice we have to make between living and dying. This is a moving and uplifting song to life, one that reminds us that every moment in our lives is special and precious. Yet there is something extra going on behind the words on the pages, a sense of there being another, grander message hidden in there somewhere. This book by the wonderful Paul Coehlo follows Veronika through the week of her life immediately after her suicide attempt and prior to her inevitable death.
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. Amazon page. Veronika Decides to Die is about a young Slovenian woman, Veronika, who attempts suicide, fails, is institutionalized, and is informed that her attempted suicide damaged her heart and she has only five days to live. In the hospital she has to come to grips with what it means to be dying, but also what it means to be insane. The first patient Veronika comes in contact with is a depressive named Zedka who offers Veronika advice and insight. Then there is Maria, a woman who withdrew from her professional and family life to be institutionalized because she was having inexplicable panic attacks.
Veronika Decides to Die Summary & Study Guide Description
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lackin. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, , Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal.