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The Midnight Library: A Novel af Matt Haig

The Midnight Library: A Novel (udgave 2020)

af Matt Haig (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Midnight Library: A Novel
Forfattere:Matt Haig (Forfatter)
Info:Viking (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Midnight Library af Matt Haig

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    The Elegance of the Hedgehog af Muriel Barbery (KatyBee)
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    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August af Claire North (sparemethecensor)
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    Oona Out of Order af 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.… (mere)
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Living with regrets can be hard, but Nora is able to see what her life would be like in multiple universes. The novel approaches suicidal thoughts with appreciating the small things in life. It's a fun read with a nice message. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 2021 |

For me, one of the best books I've read in DECADES. I am blown away by the talent and craft of the author, Matt Haig. The weaving of physics, metaphysics, philosophy, science and even travel into a story with an M/C that was highly relatable puts this book in my top 5 'Best Book Ever' list.

Now, I should tell you, reader of this review, that I listened to this book on audible and Carey Mulligan was an exceptional narrator which may have swayed my star rating. However, I don't think so. I listened closely to the story, the writing, the pace, the references, etc...and if I could give a 7-star rating like the hotel Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, I would. The stars I give this book are off the chart.

If you read this book, don't expect to the have same reaction as me because like when someone says, "OMG that movie was amazing - the best ever!" and then you watch it and you have incredibly high expectations going in, you might risk being let down. I wish that NOT to happen to you with this book. Go in with an open mind and hopefully enjoy the read as much as me.

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  TenkaraSmart | Jun 8, 2021 |
I found this novel both entertaining and instructive. Anyone (and that’s probably everyone) who has ever bemoaned their life because it’s too mundane, too boring, too insignificant, should read “The Midnight Library.” There is much to learn about not only the main character, Nora, but about ourselves through her. The book is exceptionally well written, and, although I wouldn’t call it a page turner, it will guide you along to the end before you know it. Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the time to read. I would recommend it for a vacation read, even a beach read. ( )
  DanDiercks | Jun 7, 2021 |
Pretty trite. Done much better by many others,e.g. Kate Atkinson. ( )
  ghefferon | Jun 3, 2021 |
I love me some Matt Haig. I understand his prime directive, as it were, and I've closely followed his experiences and how he's struggled with emotional trials through his life and has emerged stronger, leveraging that hard-won wisdom to be a powerful advocate for mental health. I fully understand that Haig's journey and the many analogs and anecdotes relating to it are at the front and center of most of his work, whether memoir, children's novel, or literary fiction. In fact, I expect it, and I was blown away at the beauty of how it comfortably wove its way through his last book, How to Stop Time. That was one of the best works of fiction I've read in recent years, but The Midnight Library lacks so much of what made that previous book interesting, poignant, inspired, and touching.

The lightning in a bottle that Haig captured with How to Stop Time is noticeably absent here, and though The Midnight Library explores the same theme and many of the same self-doubts-turned-to-affirmations about the sanctity and worthiness of choosing life over death, the latter feels formulaic and wholly uninspired. It's as if Haig decided to attempt to write a self-help book steeped in urban fantasy via the style of Charles de Lint, with very little of de Lint's subtlety, creativity, and charm. And so the story comes out feeling forced and not a little awkward. Between the tweeness of the characters' nature-based names (Nora Seed, Mrs Elm, Ash) to the somewhat self-congratulatory call-outs of undergraduate-assigned philosophers; from hammer-to-the-head aphorisms that 'life gets better' to lazily constructed mini-chapters that bounce around from scene to scene (and seem to persist through six or seven extraneous codas), the understated tragedy and touching humanity that made How to Stop Time something incredibly special are incredibly missing.

Furthermore, I don't think Haig has a particular knack for writing deep and authentic female characters, which is problematic in a story where the two main leads are both women of different ages and backgrounds – even if one appears most often as a figment of the other's death-bed memory or imagination.

By no means am I giving up on reading the future works of Matt Haig, but I really hope he lets up on the glacial and the saccharine, lest he become a one-genre production line who keeps writing the same basic book wrapped in different covers and suffering from ever-dwindling sophistication. He's already proven that he can do it and do it well, so I remain optimistic that he can get back to the good stuff. He's gone through too much and has far too much to offer to let it die on the vine. ( )
  funkyplaid | May 24, 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.
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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