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The Midnight Library

de Matt Haig

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Es mostren 1-5 de 177 (següent | mostra-les totes)
OOTB: One of Those Books 🥰
I knew it was going to be good, from the very first page, but there are not enough adjectives to describe how wonderful it is! It's truly OOTB that, for me, reiterates what life IS & then tells how it SHOULD BE. Truly now one of my favorites, up there w/books like All the Light We Cannot See, To Kill a Mockingbird. ( )
  susanjof | Oct 25, 2021 |
I know everyone loved this book but it just didn't do it for me. Yes, it's well written and it's a quick read but I found the premise annoying. Maybe I'm too cynical. ( )
  chasidar | Oct 25, 2021 |
Starts out slow and rather depressing but one chapter suddenly switches that up. It’s a bit of a strange book but very good. ( )
  NixieH | Oct 24, 2021 |
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. ( )
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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.
--Sylvia Plath
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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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