Review: Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika Decides to DieVeronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the fresh perspective of this Portuguese author who wove an enjoyable read despite some issues in translation. I suspect some idioms didn’t survive the conversion to English, but overall it was very readable. I’ve seen the movie a couple times; it followed the book quite well.

The ending was rather abrupt but I found that I liked that too–no long-winded emotional scene or flag for a possible sequel, popular in so much American writing where, too often, the trilogy rules. This book was on the short side so I was glad to have gotten it for a sale price. I won’t read it again as it doesn’t appeal to me enough to warrant another reading.

Coelho delves into mental health rather deeply and we’re told the story of three characters, so it’s not just about Veronika (who looks nothing like Sarah Gellar, by the way). I’ll keep this mini review short as I really don’t feel like analyzing it in depth. Since I’ve read mostly sci-fi for my entire life, I’m not qualified to do so anyway. But this year I promised myself to read literary fiction and some classics.

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