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The Midnight Library

af Matt Haig

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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"--… (mere)
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I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. The synopsis was right up my alley, but I found myself skimming through a lot of it. The ending seemed kind of predictable, as well. ( )
  aew13 | Feb 23, 2024 |
I might have enjoyed this story more had I read Reasons to Stay Alive. As it was, the sequential exploration of different lives that Nora Seed (the main character) sampled while existing in a liminal space was clunky and unsatisfying.

For my enjoyment, I disliked that Haig dropped his suicidal, unhappy character, smack dab as she was when she tried to commit suicide, into these alternate realities. She was able to choose different choice of 'what ifs' from her past life events. Of course she'd flounder around and not fit in or have a clue how that life had developed.

The book's narrative journey went from life to life until the not-so-surprising ending. The dénouement was sparse on details and would have been a more positive story about Nora's life had the story shown promise that she was going to meet the person she was so happy about in one of her last journeys. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Feb 23, 2024 |
This book has an intriguing premise: What if you could explore alternate lives? Our lives are comprised of millions of decisions we make every day, and these decisions take us to where we are today. Sometimes we regret decisions we have made, and wish we could have a do-over. In this story, we meet Nora when she is at her lowest point. She has been fired from her job, is estranged from her brother, misses appointments…even her cat dies. She decides to take her own life, and after taking some pills, she ends up instead in a mysterious place called ‘The Midnight Library.’ In this library she meets an old friend of hers, a librarian, who tells her that all of the books in this library represent different possible scenarios her life could have taken. Throughout the book Nora experiences quite a number of these alternate lives - the good and the bad - and comes out at the other end with a much healthier interpretation of her current life. On the jacket they called this book a fable - I think that’s just right. ( )
  peggybr | Feb 10, 2024 |
Nora is a frustrating protagonist at times but I think that's the point. She isn't the nicest but she is relatable, she struggles and she is lost most of the times. However, I'm happy that I was able to share her point of view for a while.

I think this books tackles, quite nicely, the problem of having too much FOMO and thinking that all the choices that you didn't take are better choices. We are not our regrets, but our potential and our actions to be better every day. ( )
  omseijas | Feb 3, 2024 |
I loved this book! It provides an interesting perspective on life and regrets and choices made. Something to think about when you're not happy in your current situation. ( )
  Woodardja | Jan 30, 2024 |
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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.
tilføjet af LondonLori76 | RedigerNew York Times, Karen Joy Fowler (pay site) (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.
tilføjet af LondonLori76 | RedigerBooklist, 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.
tilføjet af LondonLori76 | RedigerKirkus 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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