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The Midnight Library

por Matt Haig

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This book was left in my own Little Free Library and whoever that was thank you!

What an incredible book. If you had to live your regrets all over again would you do it? Or would you like to live another life altogether?

This book explains it all to Nina who disliked her life and decided to end it. It took her to the Midnight Library where her librarian was at. Nina would choose a book either to relive her life or find a new one. Such decisions.

It was an interesting concept and she really had to "fake" her way through scenarios since she had no idea who some of these people were in her life but yet she knew how life was without her back then and there.

A great read and a concept I have never read before. Such a magical book. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Jul 26, 2021 |
*sigh* Hype 1 - 0 Book. The Sunday Times must have a lot of depressed readers with 'live laugh love' posters on their walls if this is a bestseller. The plot - a mishmash of The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue and 90s TV shows like Quantum Leap and Sliders - is left floundering in a quagmire of cod philosophical metaphors and cliched dialogue like 'All you need to do is find a way to keep moving forward. One square after another. And you can get to the other side and unlock all kinds of power' and 'She could plant a forest inside herself' (what?)

Nora Seed is a former child athlete, musician turned teacher and singleton after jilting her fiancé. She gets fired from her job in a music shop, finds her cat dead in the street and loses her one piano student after going on a bender and missing a lesson. So of course she decides that the only way is out. But wait! What if, after taking an overdose, Nora was to wake up in a magical, mystical library with never-ending shelves holding books of the same colour which is staffed by her former school librarian, whose only mission is to persuade Nora to 'choose life!' by showing her what she could have won - sorry, done - with her sad excuse for an existence? Great idea, less than enthralling delivery. The pretentious motivational soundbites and exposition had me falling asleep. Nora tries 'alternate lives' where she marries her fiancé, takes swimming to Olympic standard, finds stardom with her brother's band, travels to the Arctic as a glaciologist and encounters a polar bear, finds plodding happiness in suburbia - but like Goldilocks, none of the other Noras are 'just right'. Of course, she just has to accept herself for who she is and live love laugh to be happy, and then the midnight library crumbles away and everything turns out right in the end. Vomit.

Listen, I'm sure this book was helpful to many people going through dark times, especially during lockdown, but the leaden delivery and potted philosophy was verging on self-parody and too ridiculous to take seriously at times. And killing the cat twice was just plain unnecessary. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jul 24, 2021 |
A novel by Matt Haig, read by Carey Mulligan, Nora Seed decides to die. In the process she visits the midnight library of infinite possibilities.This novel incorporates philosophy, parallel universe theory and quantum interdetinacy. Is Nora a character that one can identify with? Is this book more than a way doing therapy for someone suffering from depression? Will this book stand the test of time? I doubt it but it was interesting and the simple truths were ones that we all need occasional reminders. We have choices but we do not have infinite time. Are we seeing the glass have full or empty. Choices. This is a book about the choices we have. It is not a complicated or even very literary. But it is okay as a kind of comfort easy read. Does it have the dysfunctional family yes, the angst of adult children, yes. Is anything new here. Yes it does have all the political correct stuff. Environment, gender, etc. Minimal swearing and sexual content. ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 22, 2021 |
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?

Well that's a surprisingly wonderful story. It's something of a mix of It's a Wonderful Life and Borges' The Library of Babel. Nora Seed finds herself in a dark place, between life and death--and that place just happens to look to her like a library. A library with a book for every life she could have lived, every choice she could have made.

It's not a new story at its core, but it's very well done. I find it interesting how we throughout the book, you start knowing nothing about how the 'library' works, then as you go on, you learn more and more, until suddenly at the end--you know nothing at all again. Was it all a dream? How did it work?

It's a wonderful story. I enjoyed the various lives and how they all interacted. I found the Seeds (heh) of depression and how it dealt with medication to be interesting and on point. And though I'm the sort that really wants to know *how it all works* in a novel, sometimes it's okay to just go with it.

Well well worth the read, especially I'd say if you're someone going through a tough time and needing answers. Granted, you probably won't find answers here, but you might just get a better handle on what the questions should perhaps be.

The only way to learn is to live.
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  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Nora Seed, a woman in her mid thirties, decides that life is no longer living and proceeds to overdose on pills. She finds herself in a world of books where she has the opportunity to read about and experience various lives she could have lived had she made different decisions. She sees what life would have been like had pursued a life as a champion swimmer, or if she had stayed in her band, or if she had married the kind doctor. We have all pondered what would have happened had we made different decisions and taken different paths and The Midnight Library delves into this unknown world. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Jul 19, 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.
adicionada por LondonLori76 | editarBookPage, Harvey Freedenberg (Oct 1, 2020)
 
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.
adicionada por LondonLori76 | editarNew York Times, Karen Joy Fowler (sítio Web pago) (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.
adicionada por LondonLori76 | editarBooklist, 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.
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