Veronika Decides to Die is a contemporary novel with an innovative plot that is undoubtedly avant-garde. Each character in the book plays an essential role and they have key contributions in forming the story’s notable and surprising twists. The story unfolds in a Slovenian town called Ljubljana. This is where the 24-year old Veronika leads her pleasing life with her tender family, casual men and sufficient job. Despite having these things which a usual youthful girl would cherish, Veronika still views her life in a negative perception. For her, it lacks of depth and meaning. That is why one cold day in November; she decides to take away her own life.
Even into the first early pages of the book, one could already sense an air of peculiarity that is extremely enticing to a reader. Yes, it is quite odd in numerous ways, from its list of characters to its unlikely plot but it is also very refreshing compared to the customary classics. Perhaps a closer look on the seemingly controversial plot could be the way to open people’s eyes to a different reality we have never really come to realize, until now.
The title alone, Veronika Decides to Die, is already one notch below being taboo. But the author did not just pick the topic about death and insanity for the sake of writing a dark literary piece in an attempt to rationalize suicide cases or beautify psychological disorders. Though such themes are still quite sensitive to the majority, the brave Coelho still took a risk and dared to write this book. He managed to package it in a truthful way nevertheless, still suave and artistic.
Veronika, after found almost dead in the apartment where she attempted to commit suicide woke up in Villete, a renowned mental hospital where she was diagnosed. Her physician told her that she only had days to live and suddenly, her entire outlook on life changed and it created a massive impact on her and her views. The shocking revelation, along with her...