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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), Edition: 1st Edition, 304 pages
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The Midnight Library de Matt Haig

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This is a magical book about appreciating what is right in front of you and making the most of it. Nora Seed is depressed, her parents are dead, her brother is angry with her, she broke up with her fiancé, her cat died, she lost her one piano student, and she lost her job. So why should she want to live?
Magically, when Nora decides to end her life, she is given another chance—or many, to see the lives she could have lived. She enters The Midnight Library, and sees her old school librarian, Mrs. Elm, who shows her what her life could have been if she had chosen other paths, helping Nora to erase regrets.
As Nora experiences other parallel lives, she learns so much about herself.
An enchanting book. Be kind, do better. Live your life! ( )
  rmarcin | Oct 24, 2021 |
An engaging and enjoyable read from start to finish. I was with Nora on her journey from her unhappy life to the end of the novel. I think this is a fantastic idea that Matt Haig carries off extremely well. I hadn't read any of his books before and this book was recommended to me and I was pleasantly surprised. Nora's life does seem to go downhill at the beginning of the book. She lost her job and her cat died. The midnight library is a fun idea and being alongside her as she tries out different lives is fascinating. Lots of philosophy too. ( )
1 vote CarolKub | Oct 21, 2021 |
Between life and death, Nora discovers a library filled with books of possible choices/lives she could have picked. I found this book very thought provoking in its simplistic story. It took me a while to read because I would stumble across a sentence or situation that would make me think and reflect on my life. And then I would get sleepy and take a nap. Definitely one of the best books I have read in a VERY long time. ( )
  LivelyLady | Oct 19, 2021 |
The premise of this novel is good (in a It's a Wonderful Life kind of way) but the writing isn't amazing. A young woman named Nora is in the throes of a serious depression. Her life seems like a series of disappointments, bad decisions, and lost connections with other people. When she takes too many pills, instead of dying, she lands in a weird liminal limbo called the Midnight Library. It is filled with an infinite collection of green books of 'multiverse' possible lives that she could have lived and a sad book of every regret she'd ever had. A kindly librarian, Mrs. Elm, helps explain the way the Library works and dispenses life advice. Nora is able to delve into different books to see what would have happened if she had taken different paths or made alternate choices.
There's a lot of platitudes (Nora likes and reads philosophy), odd factoids (she's a nerd), both bad and good relationship choices, some nice scenes with pets and kids, and some very unlikely possible lives. Rock star, glacier researcher, Olympic swimmer, etc. The boring lives are not explored as much. The ending to this speculative story is not surprising. I know this is a very popular book but I was wishing for more depth. It was like hoping for a life-affirming apple pie but eating a self-help Twinkie. ( )
1 vote KatyBee | Oct 18, 2021 |
Haig, Matt. The Midnight Library. Viking, 2020.
The Midnight Library is one of those books that did not turn out to be as original and stylish as I had hoped. It begins with Nora Seed (no, really, that is her name) having a bad day. Her life is filled with regrets. She is Eleanor Rigby on steroids. When she attempts suicide, she finds herself in a library presided over by her grade school librarian. An unmoving clock is set to midnight. Natch. The library is full of books containing alternative lives, and opening one gives her a chance to live a life in which she does not make some of the decisions she regrets. Unfortunately, she is not given the memories to go with that life, so she always feels out of place. There is some talk about a multiverse, but it doesn’t really matter. None of the lives are perfect, and each gives her new reasons to regret. In the end, the message of the book comes right out of Back to the Future III when Dock Brown tells Marty: “It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has! Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!” I was hoping for a bit more. 3.4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Oct 16, 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 LondonLori76 | 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 LondonLori76 | 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 LondonLori76 | 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 LondonLori76 | editarKirkus Reviews (Jul 14, 2020)

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