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The Midnight Library: A Novel de Matt Haig

The Midnight Library: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de Matt Haig (Autor)

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Título:The Midnight Library: A Novel
Autores:Matt Haig (Autor)
Informação:Viking (2020), 304 pages
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The Midnight Library de Matt Haig

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Sappy and pointless. ( )
  sparemethecensor | May 17, 2021 |
Nora Seed doesn't believe that her life has any purpose - her brother isn't talking to her, she loses her job, her neighbor doesn't need her help anymore, her cat dies. She decides to end it and that is when she enters the Midnight Library where she meets Mrs. Elm, her childhood school librarian, who explains that she has a chance to change things by looking at alternate lives where she makes a different choice than her root life. The lives that she explores are those where she is an Olympic swimmer, rock star, glaciologist, and a psychologist. Nora sees as she visits these different lives her Book of Regrets slowly dwindle but when she believes that she has found the life that she wants to stay in, she is pulled back to the library with only a short time to decide her fate.

So many times in your life you wonder what it would have been like if you had made a different decision and this book definitely makes the reader search their life and wonder what if.

Such a wonderful way to make someone believe that their decisions throughout their life have meaning, even the small ones.

Since my Book club selected this book for discussion I also got the Book Club Kit from NetGalley.

The questions that are in this Book Club Kit are extremely thought provoking fitting the book itself well. I had hoped that there would have been a bit more but the questions were extremely well done. I appreciated the additional information that was included with questions to the author of how he wrote the book. ( )
  cyderry | May 16, 2021 |
Nora Seed wants to die. This is where we begin. It’s very clever...but also very emotional. The question is...‘Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’ The idea of being able to occupy different lives and experience different realities isn’t especially a “new” one...but Matt Haig seems to have brought it all about in a way that makes it seem so very different. The impact of Nora’s choices was not judged so much on how they affected her life but how they affected the lives of everyone she knew. A choice that might not seem “wrong” could very easily cause someone’s life to cease to exist. While I didn’t especially like Nora...I loved the whole concept of this story. One lesson we can take away from it is to “never underestimate the big importance of small things.” ( )
  Carol420 | May 14, 2021 |
What if you could go back and see what your life would be like if you had made different choices? That's what Nora Seed gets to do when she attempts suicide and finds herself in a library filled with books showing her the outcome those choices would have had in her life. A guide, in the form of her former school librarian Mrs. Elm, tells her that when she finds the right life she can choose to stay there, so Nora gamely decides to see if she could have had a better life.

I was intrigued by the sort of reverse of "It's a Wonderful Life": instead of seeing what life would have been like without her, Nora gets to see what would have happened. The idea plays with the theory of overlapping infinite universes, giving it just a hint of science fiction, and quotes from Thoreau and philosophers abound as Nora learns to let go of regrets. The story arc was predictable and the point as subtle as an elephant, making this a less than stellar read for me. ( )
  bell7 | May 9, 2021 |
Nora Seed is depressed. Her life is depressing and going nowhere. She is alone and lonely reflecting on choices she didn’t make. The Midnight Library and Mrs Elm her school librarian save her. It’s a bit philosophy, Nora’s favorite philosopher is Thoreau and this is threaded throughout the many lives she will experience. The story is predictable but nicely written. ( )
  bblum | May 6, 2021 |
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If you’ve never pondered life’s contingencies—like what might’ve happened if you’d skipped the party where you met your spouse—then Matt Haig’s novel The Midnight Library will be an eye-opening experience. This gentle but never cloying fable offers us a chance to weigh our regret over missed opportunities against our gratitude for the life we have.... [Haig's] allusions to multiverses, string theory and Erwin Schrödinger never detract from the emotional heart of this alluring novel.... Haig brings her story to a conclusion that’s both enlightening and deeply satisfying.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarBookPage, Harvey Freedenberg (Oct 1, 2020)
Few fantasies are more enduring than the idea that there might be a second chance at a life already lived, some sort of magical reset in which mistakes can be erased, regrets addressed, choices altered.... The narrative throughout has a slightly old-fashioned feel, like a bedtime story. It’s an absorbing but comfortable read, imaginative in the details if familiar in its outline. The invention of the library as the machinery through which different lives can be accessed is sure to please readers and has the advantage of being both magical and factual. Every library is a liminal space; the Midnight Library is different in scale, but not kind. And a vision of limitless possibility, of new roads taken, of new lives lived, of a whole different world available to us somehow, somewhere, might be exactly what’s wanted in these troubled and troubling times.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarNew York Times, Karen Joy Fowler (Web site pago) (Sep 29, 2020)
...“between life and death there is a midnight library,” a library that contains multiple volumes of the lives she could have had if she had made different choices.... Haig’s latest (after the nonfiction collection Notes on a Nervous Planet, 2019) is a stunning contemporary story that explores the choices that make up a life, and the regrets that can stifle it. A compelling novel that will resonate with readers.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarBooklist, LynnDee Wathen (Aug 1, 2020)
An unhappy woman who tries to commit suicide finds herself in a mysterious library that allows her to explore new lives.... This book isn't heavy on hows; you won’t need an advanced degree in quantum physics or string theory to follow its simple yet fantastical logic. Predicting the path Nora will ultimately choose isn’t difficult, either. Haig treats the subject of suicide with a light touch, and the book’s playful tone will be welcome to readers who like their fantasies sweet if a little too forgettable. A whimsical fantasy about learning what’s important in life.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Jul 14, 2020)

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