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The Midnight Library

av Matt Haig

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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 |
What if you had made different decisions? How many lives could you have lived in various ways? What's your BEST life? Loved exploring these options along with Nora Seed, the main character. Desperate to escape what she perceives to be a dismal existence, an attempted suicide leads her to a library with infinite possibilities of lives to lead. One quibble. She is a philosophy fan and is particularly fond of Thoreau. So why does the author get this recurring theme wrong? Haig contends that Thoreau "lived in the woods, with no contact from the outside world." That's false. He was close to town and often walked there to join friends for dinner and he also hosted guests at Walden Pond. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Oct 4, 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.
 
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.
tillagd av LondonLori76 | ändraNew York Times, Karen Joy Fowler (betalvägg) (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.
tillagd av LondonLori76 | ändraBooklist, 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.
tillagd av LondonLori76 | ändraKirkus Reviews (Jul 14, 2020)
 

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I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life.
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Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford.
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She knew she should be experiencing pity and despair for her feline friend – and she was – but she had to acknowledge something else. As she stared at Voltaire’s still and peaceful expression – that total absence of pain – there was an inescapable feeling brewing in the darkness. Envy.
The universe tended towards chaos and entropy. That was basic thermodynamics. Maybe it was basic existence too.
Bertrand Russell wrote that ‘To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three-parts dead’. Maybe that was her problem. Maybe she was just scared of living. But Bertrand Russell had more marriages and affairs than hot dinners, so perhaps he was no one to give advice.
A person was like a city. You couldn’t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don’t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.
‘Want,’ she told her, in a measured tone, ‘is an interesting word. It means lack. Sometimes if we fill that lack with something else the original want disappears entirely. Maybe you have a lack problem rather than a want problem. Maybe there is a life that you really want to live.’
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