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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

I chose this book because it won the “Best Fiction of 2020” Goodreads award so my expectations were very high. Usually, I have a glance at some reviews before reading a book, just to get an idea of what the general feeling around it is. With this one, however, I didn’t read any reviews because I thought “it won the award, I can’t go wrong”.

The start was very slow. After reading about one-third of the book, I still wasn’t connected either with the character or the story. Then, I was feeling impatient as if I was expecting something to happen. The impatience became frustrating when I felt like I was reading a self-help book of the “for dummies” series. But I hadn’t signed up for one of those, what I wanted to read was a fiction book.

The story develops around such important topics as depression and suicide, but there were many platitudes and in my opinion, the way they were treated lacked depth.

The end was a bit painful to read, I was hoping there was a twist but no, it’s perfectly in keeping with the rest of the book.

Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me.

From Goodreads:

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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