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The Midnight Library

de Matt Haig

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"'Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. 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 dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place"--… (més)
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3.5 stars
To be honest, while reading this book, I couldn't stop comparing it to 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven'. These two books are very similar and they come to the same conclusion as well. I liked 'The Five People' just a little more, but this one is also really heart warming and it made me happy. So if you're looking for a book with positive vibes and a hopeful conclusion, you might want to pick up 'The Midnight Library'. And if you liked this, you might also look up 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven' by Mitch Albom. ( )
  idkwhattodo | Apr 20, 2024 |
Nora has decided she wants to die, but before this end comes, she goes on a visit to the Midnight Library. Actually, she goes there many, many times. She meets her old school librarian, Mrs. Elm, who tells her that she can choose a different life, make a different choice, over and over and over again, just by selecting a different book with Mrs. Elm’s help. If she finds the right life, the one that really makes her happy, she just might get to keep it. But there are no guarantees. This book is quite entertaining and intriguing—who wouldn’t like a “do-over”?—but it gets a bit tedious towards the end. The ending is ambiguous, but then, life is uncertain. Many nice things occur in Nora’s many possible lives; others are not so nice. It’s a creative premise, the writing is good, and the characters are well developed. ( )
  Maydacat | Apr 14, 2024 |
We are reading this for our book club.
I would describe it as a cross between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Quantum Leap". A lonely woman, full of regrets, decides to kill herself. Although it starts out as a very depressing book, it actually got better about 3/4 of the way through. Trying out new lives, she realizes that regrets are just a way of avoiding the possibilities in your current situation. The book ends on a hopeful note. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
The Midnight Library is written by Matt Haig.
I couldn’t possibly explain this book and how wonderful it is to read it. So I included a synopsis.
“Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.”

I found this book to be brilliantly written, interesting, provocative and introspective.
***** ( )
  diana.hauser | Apr 11, 2024 |
AS ALWAYS: THIS REVIEW HAS SOME SPOILERS.,

What a unique, interesting book. I had my reservations initially, but this book was lovely - one of a kind, which is difficult to find.

Nora is done living, or so she thinks, and finds herself in the Midnight Library, the place where one isn't exactly dead but not necessarily alive. She is given a large book to read by Mrs. Elm, Nora's personal librarian who, in her real life, was Nora's librarian in school and happened to be with her when she received the news her father passed. The book is all the regrets in Nora's life. The rest of the library is filled with books showing what Nora's life would have been had she not had this or that regret: Think do-overs in life.

What a truly refreshing way author Matt Haig has of bringing to light many ideas of a tiny oops here, or fork in the road there can change the entire trajectory of life, of many lives. This is not a new story told, but a new twist on an old tale.

I would strongly encourage the read. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
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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.
afegit per LondonLori76 | editaNew York Times, Karen Joy Fowler (Web de pagament) (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.
afegit per LondonLori76 | editaBooklist, 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.
afegit per LondonLori76 | editaKirkus 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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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.
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"'Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. 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 dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place"--

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