Is the title of the book by Paulo Coelho http://paulocoelhoblog.com/ I have just read. It took me about a week, making the time spent on trains and tubes fly by.
The title is dramatic and unpretentious: die is exactly what our young herione decides to do a few pages in, and we follow her story in a state of nervous anxiety, waiting to find out how and when it happens. Each conversation she has is loaded with significance and meaning, we think we have an understanding why Veronika wants to die, but frustratingly she share her newfound purpose or raison d’etre which literally means reason for ‘being’.
It is no accident that her sense of life, hope and love is drawn sharply into focus when death is draped over her shoulders like a cape.
I haven’t read Paulo’s international bestseller The Alchemist, so I didn’t have anything to compare ‘Veronika’ to, but I’m very glad she came to visit.
© Suzy Rigg