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˜Dieœ Mitternachtsbibliothek Roman (edição: 2021)

de Matt Haig

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Título:˜Dieœ Mitternachtsbibliothek Roman
Autores:Matt Haig
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The Midnight Library de Matt Haig

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The premise of this novel is very good 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 read philosophy), odd factoids (she's a nerd), both bad and good relationship choices, 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 eating a self-help Twinkie. ( )
  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 |
Nora's life seems out of control. She's situationally depressed and has just lost both of her jobs. Her parents are both dead, her brother won't speak to her, her best and only friend lives far away and seems to have ghosted her, and her cat, Volt, has just been found dead, so Nora decides that she doesn't want to live anymore. Instead of waking up in the hospital after she overdoses on antidepressants, Nora finds herself in someplace called The Midnight Library, and the former librarian from her school is the librarian there. She tells Nora that she can pick any book off of the shelf and live the life in that book that is based on decisions she regretted in the past. Nora doesn't believe it, but when she pulls one of the books, she finds herself in a time from the past.

The Midnight Library is an exploration of decisions, regrets, and the lives we make for ourselves. The character of Nora represents the "every man" in all of us. As the story progresses, Nora learns about herself and others until she makes an informed decision about her life. Overall, this is a good story with a very strong theme that comes across as a little preachy, but ultimately makes me think about my own life and choices. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
Just couldn't get into this. Seems like an interesting concept so may try it again later.
  ritaer | Oct 7, 2021 |
I kept seeing this book as a favorite on reviews so I picked it up at the library. I read it and had to order a copy as I liked it so much.

It's a page turner which reminded me of the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," where the main character, Nora is ready to give up with regrets and then meets a librarian - more like an Angel - that shows her the various lives that were possible. The pages are mixed in with words of wisdom including a quote from Socrates that made me pause: "True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing." As Nora is given a glimpse of each life, she learns more about herself. It's easy to guess the end but the worthy part is reading the words of inspiration which is needed right now. Life can be like a game of chess. The author notes, after eight moves on the board, there can be 280 billion positions.

There is so much we don't understand. While this book doesn't have the answers, it makes you think about what's outside the box. This is one of the few books I will reread.





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  Jacsun | Oct 5, 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.
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