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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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"'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: A Novel
Autors:Matt Haig (Autor)
Informació:HarperAvenue (2020), 304 pages
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The Midnight Library de Matt Haig

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    Life After Life de Kate Atkinson (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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    It's a Wonderful Life [1946 film] de Frank Capra (aprille)
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    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August de Claire North (sparemethecensor)
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    L'elegància de l'eriçó de Muriel Barbery (KatyBee)
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    This Time Tomorrow de Emma Straub (nicole_a_davis)
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    11/22/63 de Stephen King (Othemts)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 447 (següent | mostra-les totes)
It might have been the audio-narrator in part, but this book felt really monotonous and expected until the last couple chapters. That said the ending was absolutely beautiful! ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
Given all the hype around this book I was a little underwhelmed. As someone who shares the diagnosis with Nora, the ending was honestly even more depressing.

I feel like it’s also a bit of oversight that in all the chatter about this book, no one has given a trigger warning for the constant talk of suicide and suicidal ideation throughout this book.

It’s not that she’s between life and death from an accident, she’s deciding whether she wants to live at all. For me this takes away from the magic of exploring a library of possibilities and puts ideas and words into the mouths of those already lost to suicide or are still struggling with ideation.

It’s not just a way to facilitate the start of the plot, it’s a constant recurrence throughout the book and is the core of the story.

All of that said, I didn’t dislike the book and despite the cringey lives Nora steps into (or rather, how she tries to save face), it was an interesting adventure. ( )
  illarai | Jun 26, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this book!!! This concept of different versions of ourselves and parallel universes is so fascinating to me...every single choice we make leads to a completely different outcome and version of our lives...infinite possibilities! Come on...that is so cool!! ( )
  snewell2 | Jun 24, 2024 |
What if you made a different choice?

Reminds me of It's A Wonderful Life (and if you don't like that movie, WHAT on Earth is the matter with you) although the action centers on the protagonist moreso than supporting characters. As a philosopher, I of course loved the brief quotes throughout, especially since her favorite philosopher is Thoreau, who is the reason I began studying philosophy in the first place.

When you close the book you will (hopefully) feel uplifted and optimistic about life in general. ( )
  AthenaSophia | Jun 24, 2024 |
What if you made a different choice?

Reminds me of It's A Wonderful Life (and if you don't like that movie, WHAT on Earth is the matter with you) although the action centers on the protagonist moreso than supporting characters. As a philosopher, I of course loved the brief quotes throughout, especially since her favorite philosopher is Thoreau, who is the reason I began studying philosophy in the first place.

When you close the book you will (hopefully) feel uplifted and optimistic about life in general. ( )
  AthenaSophia | Jun 24, 2024 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 447 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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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"'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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