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The Midnight Library

par 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"--… (plus d'informations)
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Matt Haig has never disappointed me, and The Midnight Library is no exception. One could say that the author’s telling us nothing new in this story about a young woman giving up on life; nothing we don’t already know. But Haig makes us feel this universal truth and believe, or at least want to believe, that life, a new life, potentially begins just around the corner. That everything is one decision away from changing. And for all we know, it might be. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jul 6, 2022 |
The Midnight Library av Matt Haig handler om Nora. Hun har opplevd mange skuffelser i livet og er deprimert. Etter at hun mister jobben og kontakten med de to menneskene som betyr mest for henne, tar hun en overdose medisiner. Men istedenfor å våkne i mørke, så våkner hun i et uendelig bibliotek. Bibliotekaren fra barneskolen, Mrs Elm er der og forklarer henne at bøkene er ulike muligheter for hvordan livet hennes kunne ha blitt. Mrs Elm gir henne en bok som inneholder alle avgjørelser hun har angret på gjennom livet og ber henne velge en. Når hun velger får hun også oppleve hvordan livet hadde blitt hvis hun hadde tatt et annet valg i den situasjonen. Målet er at hun skal velge ett av livene hun får prøve.

Mer enn noe annet er dette en knakende god bok for å drømme seg vekk for en stund. Den er kanskje ikke stor litteratur, men den er godt skrevet og inneholder akkurat det som skal til for at det blir en historie man husker.

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  astridterese | Jul 5, 2022 |
The Midnight Library av Matt Haig handler om Nora. Hun har opplevd mange skuffelser i livet og er deprimert. Etter at hun mister jobben og kontakten med de to menneskene som betyr mest for henne, tar hun en overdose medisiner. Men istedenfor å våkne i mørke, så våkner hun i et uendelig bibliotek. Bibliotekaren fra barneskolen, Mrs Elm er der og forklarer henne at bøkene er ulike muligheter for hvordan livet hennes kunne ha blitt. Mrs Elm gir henne en bok som inneholder alle avgjørelser hun har angret på gjennom livet og ber henne velge en. Når hun velger får hun også oppleve hvordan livet hadde blitt hvis hun hadde tatt et annet valg i den situasjonen. Målet er at hun skal velge ett av livene hun får prøve.

Mer enn noe annet er dette en knakende god bok for å drømme seg vekk for en stund. Den er kanskje ikke stor litteratur, men den er godt skrevet og inneholder akkurat det som skal til for at det blir en historie man husker.

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  astridterese | Jul 5, 2022 |
The premise of this novel was fascinating. As an avid reader, who wouldn't want to be in an endless library where one could "try on" different journeys of her life to see what fit best? The fact that Nora Seed has tried to kill herself and is in this quasi state of purgatory is the gloomy cloud that hangs over what could have been an out-of-this-world journey. As I kept reading, I found myself wondering if Matt Haig was a psychologist since this novel delves into the psyche of a disturbed individual. The fact that Haig himself had a nervous breakdown when he was 24 might contribute to the types of fiction/nonfiction he chooses to write. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day. I wanted Nora to live and to find the love to live again. Though I found myself caring more about her life than she did. She truly didn't seem to want ANYTHING. Then I found myself really wanting to know this answer: How does one come to a place in life where NOTHING is good or worth living for. That question goes left unanswered, but at least Nora learns what Dorothy had to learn in THE WIZARD OF OZ; there's no place like home. ( )
  crabbyabbe | Jul 2, 2022 |
What would life be like if you could choose from a multitude of possibilities how to live? Could you make things right? The Midnight Library gives you endless decisions/choices.
  BLTSbraille | Jun 28, 2022 |
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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.
ajouté par LondonLori76 | modifierNew York Times, Karen Joy Fowler (payer le 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.
 
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.
ajouté par LondonLori76 | modifierKirkus 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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