Recommended Reading: Veronika decides…

June 16, 2008 at 8:41 am 4 comments

Only recently, and quite by accident, did I discover Paulo Coelho. Someone had given me the book 11 Minutes on some occasion, which I don’t even remember, and I had put it on my bookshelf. A couple of months ago, I was looking for something to read, and that book fell into my hands. I looked at it, and was quite shocked to see that it was about a prostitute. I thought to myself: “What friend would give me a pornographic novel!?” The next thought was: “But if a friend gave it to me, and my friends know me well, it deserves to at least be opened up.” It turned out to be a wonderful book and I was very impressed by it.

The other day I went to a book store with a friend. We checked out the section on esoterics, religion, philosophy, psychology. I selected a slim volume by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After she left to catch her train, I drifted over to the literature section. I wanted something by Novalis, but couldn’t find anything. After browsing for some time, I came upon a shelf filled with books by Paulo Coelho. I chose two books. Since suicide had vaguely crossed my mind at times, I chose Veronika Decides to Die. Since I’m also a hopeless romantic, I chose a love story as well: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.

I finished reading Veronika Decides to Die last night. For anyone who has felt desperate, crazy or lacked a reason to live, it is inspirational and highly recommended. Recently I wondered if I would ever be tempted enough to kill myself. Walking along the Stefan Zweig path the other day in Salzburg, I couldn’t help wondering if it was a sign. (He did kill himself.) But in my heart, I know that I wouldn’t do it now any more so than back then, when my serious contemplation was simply an act of dramatization, to impress upon myself the serious nature of my destructive situation. I love life too much to leave voluntarily, yet my fears made me wait a long time to experience it fully.

Live each day as if it were your last.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. SanityFound  |  June 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Live each day as if it were your last is my life’s quote, the books you mention are brilliant. Have you read the Alchemist? For me it was about the wondering explorer, of following destiny… if you haven’t read it – its a must!

  • 2. diaryofarecoveredbulimic  |  June 16, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    No, I haven’t read the Alchemist. I guess that’s next on the list – after the River Piedra! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • 3. aart  |  June 17, 2008 at 6:34 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!


  • 4. diaryofarecoveredbulimic  |  June 17, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Aart!

    Thanks for the info!
    Have a nice day yourself!



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