The Midnight Library

A Novel

Hardcover, 304 pages

English language

Published Sept. 29, 2020 by Penguin Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-0-525-55947-4
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OCLC Number:
1159773625

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4 stars (39 reviews)

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library …

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4 stars

Most of this was really good, but it became tedious to me about half-way through. Too many Thoreau references (almost as if the author cribbed as many quotable quotes from some website into the book). The ending was fantastic, though, and redeemed this from being a 3-star read.

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5 stars

Good and insightful

I originally never intended on reading this. As with most my reads I try to stay away from those overly hyped everywhere. But after reading the synopsis I thought what they hay. I am sooooo glad I did. The writing touched a heavy topic of regret and what if, but the authors way of playful and witty words helped smooth those sharp edges. The insight within this book had me highlighting quote after quote because it resonates with the reader.

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3 stars

Who can get into this Midnight Library?

I found this book is dull to read. But there are some interesting ideas. One of them is that why Nora entered this library. Who is given the chance to visit this library?

The key idea of the book is that you have made so many mistakes in your life and you want a chance to reverse them, in the hope of having a better life. Everybody makes mistakes; Our lives are made of a series of mistakes and the lessons we have learned from. The mistakes are our signature. More importantly, not a single mistake in our lives is isolated. We can always find the “roots” of a mistake from many mistakes we have made before. So correcting one mistake means changing a series of mistakes and therefore our identity. Who will want to eliminate his/her existence completely? Only the people do …

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