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The Midnight Library: A Novel de Matt Haig
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The Midnight Library: A Novel (edició 2020)

de Matt Haig (Autor)

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Títol:The Midnight Library: A Novel
Autors:Matt Haig (Autor)
Informació:Viking (2020), 304 pages
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The Midnight Library de Matt Haig

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    L'elegància de l'eriçó de Muriel Barbery (KatyBee)
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    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August de Claire North (sparemethecensor)
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    Oona Out of Order de Margarita Montimore (LDVoorberg)
    LDVoorberg: These two books take different approaches at looking who we are versus how events shape us. Oona lives one life in different times, Nora sees her life at the same moment in different trajectories. Side by side they make for an interesting juxtaposition of our perceptions of our own life.… (més)
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    Life After Life de Kate Atkinson (sparemethecensor)
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A book about suicide. A book about a lucky girl who found, while "waiting to disappear," that living is an active verb. Living requires engagement. It isn't all about "me" and what "you" can do for me...it is about me forgetting about me and finding you and what I can do for you.

I found it to be a "fast" read, and to some extent thought provoking. I was expecting something along the lines of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Surprises are good! ( )
  kaulsu | Jun 22, 2021 |
Nora’s life is going nowhere, so she decides to end it, but finds herself in The Midnight Library, where she can revisit her regrets and make changes, thus trying out myriad different lives.

She is a rock star, or polar explorer, married, single, a professor, rich & poor.

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, but what you see’.

Amusing, thought-provoking and life-affirming ( )
  LARA335 | Jun 22, 2021 |
(36) Not sure how I stumbled on this as a library loan but I am so glad I did. Is it YA-ish? (something I typically disdain) Why, yes. Is it overly sentimental? Yes, that, too. And, yet -- I still liked this novel. In fact, this novel made me gratuitously cry and be happy to be alive. I know, I know - not subtle artistry, but nonetheless - I felt so happy with my unspectacular life after reading this book. Now that has got to count for something. Nora Seed, who seems 18 but is allegedly 35, works in a music store and is estranged from family and friends tries to kill herself. Suspended between life and death, she is mysteriously given an opportunity to explore a library where she can enter each book i.e. enter each possible life out there for her. Each life of course truly exists in infinite parallel worlds representing all the different decisions she could have made. This sort of thing has been done before in literature. Most recently better and memorable for me was Kate Atkinson's 'Life after Life.' What Nora realizes as she explores all the myriad paths her life (and those lives intertwined with hers) could have taken is made accessible philosophically and metaphysically by somewhat jejune writing - but it was effective for this susceptible reader.

I think I am far enough along in life and have enough regrets (that I can't easily undo) such that reading about loving an imperfect life really hits home for me. I especially like what was said regarding accessing the full range of human experience regardless of one's actual experiences. Working at a music store or maybe being a rock star - who is to say which is the better life? A piano teacher or an arctic explorer? I'll take single and unemployed living in a crappy suburb as opposed to a bougie pose in Hipville, thank-you very much. Anyway, this book is a bit of a clever parable. It has all the heavy-handed trappings of the worst of YA lit. But it has a profound little core despite being derivative.

I really liked this. Now this is a book to read on a rainy weekend when you don't have the heart to tackle anything heavy, but feel ever so slightly depressed. Better than a double-dose of Prozac. ( )
  jhowell | Jun 19, 2021 |
***SPOILER ALERT****
I wanted this to be a five-star rating after hearing so many good things about it. I found myself charmed by the premise, but ultimately it didn't really go where I thought it could/should, although the take-away "moral" of the story is a good one. I would have preferred that Nora actually LIVE the different lives, not just visit them--meaning I think it would have been a more creative endeavor if she wasn't cognizant of being in a parallel existence. I do understand that the cognizance was necessary for her learning (and for the end to work out), and maybe that's part of it. But from a purely literary point-of-view, I grew bored with the story of Nora trying to figure out who she was in this or that life, although, as I said, the allegory is not lost on me.

The book has an important message to share, and as all good fiction does, it asks the reader to situate themselves if the shoes of the protagonist. Perhaps what is most important is thinking about suicide and all the many factors that can influence a person's actions and how we are so often just bystanders to the struggle of others. ( )
  rebcamuse | Jun 18, 2021 |
Living with regrets can be hard, but Nora is able to see what her life would be like in multiple universes. The novel approaches suicidal thoughts with appreciating the small things in life. It's a fun read with a nice message. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 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.
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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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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