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The Midnight Library

Haig, Matt, 1975- Book - 2020 Science Fiction / Haig, Matt, Adult Book / Fiction / Science Fiction / General / Haig, Matt None on shelf 258 requests on 41 copies Community Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Originally published in Great Britain by Canongate Books Ltd.
"'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"-- Provided by publisher.

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Didn't live up to the hype submitted by rhino322 on June 19, 2021, 5:07pm I was really looking forward to reading this book because so many people lavished praise on it, but I was really underwhelmed. Perhaps my expectations are partly to blame, but I don't think that was the entire story. The book just seemed trite: the language was simplistic, the dialogue reminded me of the writing I did when I was in sixth grade, the characters lacked development, and the "lessons" of the book had all the complexity of a horoscope.

Not worth the hype but sure go for it submitted by yaquta on June 25, 2021, 6:56am This book isnt as spectacular as I expected it to be given all the praise heaped on it. I found the storyline predictable after a bit and you definitely know where the book is going towards the end. The writing was too simplistic and the characters were so blah including the main protagonist. I really liked the premise but I didn't think it was executed effectively. That being said, its a quick read and you will pick up a favourite sentence here or there. So go in with less expectations and you might just like it.

Clever conceit submitted by robinpollak on June 26, 2021, 12:00am This organizing principle of this book is clever. It had a lot more potential than is fully realized here, but the book is still enjoyable. There are some well-thought motifs and throughlines. All in all I’m glad I read it.

Entertaining read submitted by 21621031390949 on June 30, 2021, 5:52pm An enjoyable,, engaging read that I zipped through in a couple of days. Part "It's A Wonderful Life," part time-traveling, with a dash of philosophy, it's a song of praise for owning responsibility for finding your joy, and for second chances. Conclusion is predictable, but the journey there is not so much. Nice, entertaining reading.

Good concept - but . . . submitted by kath on July 20, 2021, 8:48pm the idea was great. but the characters did not develop and neither did the plot line.
Nevertheless, it is a middle of the road book. Some ideas to think about. Written at the middle school level.

Amazing concept submitted by nmrhoads on July 24, 2021, 10:49pm I really liked the premise. I enjoyed reading about her other lives. It was a fun read that touched on important topics

Lifes choices submitted by LVDS on August 2, 2021, 4:15pm An interesting perspective on the many lives we could have lived?!?
With many good-hearted "Life Lessons" thrown in.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Viking, [2020]
Year Published: 2020
Description: 304 pages ; 22 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
0525559477
9780525559474

SUBJECTS
Future life -- Fiction.
Libraries -- Fiction.
Science fiction.