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The Midnight Library de Matt Haig
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The Midnight Library (edició 2021)

de Matt Haig (Autor)

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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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Títol:The Midnight Library
Autors:Matt Haig (Autor)
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What would life be like if you could choose from a multitude of possibilities how to live? Could you make things right? The Midnight Library gives you endless decisions/choices.
  BLTSbraille | Jun 28, 2022 |
This story has an interesting concept, but I couldn’t connect with Nora’s character. She seemed too vague and all-encompassing, in a way. She could have been an Olympic swimmer or a world famous singer? That’s actually boring to read about. I’m more interested in variations of ordinary lives that she could have lived. This book took me a while to finish because I just couldn’t get into it. ( )
  samanddiane1999 | Jun 22, 2022 |
Matt Haig's The Midnight Library explores a central question of life: What if it were possible to revisit all the decisions you regret in retrospect and simply change them and see to what extent your life would go a different way? The novel's protagonist Nora is depressive, has a lot of regrets and contemplates committing suicide. When an old friend rings her doorbell and tells her that her cat has just died in the street, this pushes Nora over the edge and right at midnight she overdoses on her depression medication. That is when she enters the eponymous Midnight Library, an in-between place where you are neither dead nor alive. The Midnight Library contains an infinite number of alternative lives you might have lived if you had only changed a minor part of your life. It lets you explore the what-ifs in every which way but eventually you will have to come to a decision on what life you want to live or whether you want to live at all. Nora revisits all of her biggest regrets in order to find out what her life could have looked like had she decided differently in the past. What life will she eventually lead? Does she want to continue living? Read the novel to find out.

There are many books that you read to find out what will happen at the end. The Midnight Library is not one of those books. Rather, you read this novel for the journey, not for the destination. Without revealing too much, the ending can be guessed at pretty much from the beginning. With this novel, the story until then is what is important. It is about the 'how?' and not so much about the 'what?'. And it is well worth staying on for the trip as you might find yourself asking the same questions Nora asks herself, might start thinking about your own regrets and quite possibly will come out with a cathartic feeling at the end. I really enjoyed reading this novel for the train of thought it set in motion. It is both sad and uplifting at times. In the end I found it to be very life-affirming and I am very happy I read it. 4 stars. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Jun 22, 2022 |
Nora Seed finds herself at the worst moment she has ever faced. She feels unloved and unwanted and feels there is nothing she can do but take her own life. Once she takes her own life, she finds herself in The Midnight Library where every decision she has made has its own book and offers a new life. She must decide what new life suits her best if she can find one.

I looked forward to this book based on other people's reviews but I found the story lacking and it never fully caught my attention. I found myself having to re-read sections because my mind glanced over them to get to a better portion of the story. I appreciate the author's attempts at teaching the reader a lesson about living their best life but at times the story was preachy and attempted to be smarter than the reader. ( )
  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
What would you do if you could make different choices in your life? ( )
  DesertMoon | Jun 17, 2022 |
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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.
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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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