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The midnight library av Matt Haig
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The midnight library (utgåvan 2020)

av Matt Haig

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Titel:The midnight library
Författare:Matt Haig
Info:New York : Viking, 2020.
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Nora Seed counts down the hours until she takes her life because she has run out of options - she has been fired from her dead-end job, she has no family or friends who care about her and her cat, her only companion, has died after being hit by a car. Nora's commits suicide after leaving a note for anyone who might care.

Nora then finds herself in the midnight library where all of her life regrets are catalogued. Her former favorite librarian oversees the library, and offers Nora the opportunity to view her book of regrets and discover what might have been in her life. Most of us have regrets and most of us consider the roads not taken; Nora has the chance to see what might have been. I was disappointed in this book because I thought it lacked the depth that would have made the alternate universe concept reasonably interesting. ( )
  pdebolt | Jan 25, 2021 |
I was hesitant going in because of the early/heavy buzz and the content (depression and suicidal ideation). When my hold came up and I started logging it, I realized that I had already read (and not particularly liked: 2+/3-) another of Haig's books: How to Stop Time. That being said, this neither upset nor thrilled me as much as it did either for others. Frankly, I'm unlikely to continue reading Haig's work—it just doesn't do anything for me. ( )
  joyblue | Jan 25, 2021 |
I loved the premise of this story. I loved the “Book of Regrets” and of possible other lives based on different choices, things about which I’ve contemplated a fair amount.

I love this author and also enjoyed his book How to Stop Time ([book:How to Stop Time|35411685])

Highly imaginative and creative. Predictable but that wasn't a negative for me. I was left feeling melancholy more than uplifted though I know that was not the intent of the book/author.

Great humor though it’s not exactly a humorous book, but much was amusing.

It’s a highly quotable book. I love this author’s writing style and use of language in his writing/books.

I simultaneously read a Kindle e-book and a Overdrive audiobook (both from the library) and I loved Carey Mulligan’s narration for the audiobook. For me her voice tone and inflections were perfection. She mispronounced some words though. At first I just thought it was English vs. American pronunciation but some words, including a place name of a place near me, were obviously being said incorrectly.

I loved the parallel/multiple universes/alternative lives possibilities. Great fun!

The power of love! The power of seeing the importance of minor choices! Being yourself!

I guess the story is meant to be uplifting and inspirational, even to those feeling despair, but it will depend on readers and their perspectives how they will react to this book. No matter how it’s a great story with great characters.

4-1/2 stars

I could have chosen even more quotes to “like” but here is a sampling of those I appreciated:

“Never underestimate the big importance of small things.”

“Well, that you can choose choices but not outcomes.”

“Doing one thing differently is often the same as doing everything differently. Actions can’t be reversed within a lifetime, however much we try”

“The only way to learn is to live”

“Regrets don’t leave. They weren’t mosquito bites. They itch forever.”

“Every life contains many millions of decisions. Some big, some small. But every time one decision is taken over another, the outcomes differ. An irreversible variation occurs, which in turn leads to further variations.”

““Equidistant. Such a neutral, mathematical kind of word, and one that became a stuck thought, repeating itself like a manic meditation as she used the last of her strength to stay almost exactly where she was. Equidistant. Equidistant. Equidistant. Not aligned to one bank or the other. That was how she had felt most of her life. Caught in the middle. Struggling, flailing, just trying to survive while not knowing which way to go. Which path to commit to without regret.”
“Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

“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.”

“Maybe that’s what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty. Maybe that was the only meaning that mattered.”

“Maybe even suicide would have been too active. Maybe in some lives you just float around and expect nothing else and don’t even try to change. Maybe that was most lives. ‘Yes,’ said Nora, aloud now. ‘Maybe I got stuck. Maybe in every life I am stuck. I mean, maybe that’s just who I am. A starfish in every life is still a starfish. There isn’t a life where a starfish is a professor of aerospace engineering. And maybe there isn’t a life where I’m not stuck.”

“The life of a human, according to the Scottish philosopher David Hume, was of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster. But if it was important enough for David Hume to write that thought down, then maybe it was important enough to aim to do something good. To help preserve life, in all its forms.”

“Every second of every day we are entering a new universe. And we spend so much time wishing our lives were different, comparing ourselves to other people and to other versions of ourselves, when really most lives contain degrees of good and degrees of bad.”

“it would have made things a lot easier if we understood there was no way of living that can immunize you against sadness. And that sadness is intrinsically part of the fabric of happiness. You can’t have one without the other. Of course, they come in different degrees and quantities. But there is no life where you can be in a state of sheer happiness for ever. And imagining there is just breeds more unhappiness in the life you’re in.’”

““Nora wanted to live in a world where no cruelty existed, but the only worlds she had available to her were worlds with humans in them.”

“We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

“She realized that you could be as honest as possible in life, but people only see the truth if it is close enough to their reality. As Thoreau wrote, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

“It was as though she had reached some state of acceptance about life–that if there was a bad experience, there wouldn’t only be bad experiences. She realized that she hadn’t tried to end her life because she was miserable, but because she had managed to convince herself that there was no way out of her misery. That, she supposed, was the basis of depression as well as the difference between fear and despair. Fear was when you wandered into a cellar and worried that the door would close shut. Despair was when the door closed and locked behind you.” ( )
  Lisa2013 | Jan 24, 2021 |
We’re off to see the Wizard, except the wizard in this book is Mrs. Elm, a librarian, and she is not hiding behind a curtain pulling levers but pulling books off the shelf of a very peculiar library. Each book pulled and handed to Nora offers her a new try at a life which may turn her away from the notion of ending the life she presently inhabits. One may give her happiness, another courage, perhaps knowledge and wisdom, all requiring decisions which create variations in the outcomes which change the next outcome and it spirals on and out to the next variation and outcome.

Interesting, well done and enjoyable but with just a hint that I had seen or read something very similar to the inherent notion of an” incomplete …. unfinished Jigsaw of a person” trying to unfold the fantasy of being a better person in a better place, in a better life. Maybe it happens somewhere over the rainbow. ( )
  kimkimkim | Jan 22, 2021 |
Five stars are reserved for "classics," but this is about as close as it gets for me. Thoroughly enjoyed this fast-moving tale. A male writer who, I believe, has the special talent of convincingly writing the intimate thoughts of a female main character. This is the kind of book that makes me want to search out everything the author has written. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Jan 21, 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 Lemeritus | 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 Lemeritus | 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 Lemeritus | ändraKirkus Reviews (Jul 14, 2020)
 

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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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