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The Midnight Library: A Novel par Matt Haig
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The Midnight Library: A Novel (édition 2020)

par Matt Haig (Auteur)

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Titre:The Midnight Library: A Novel
Auteurs:Matt Haig (Auteur)
Info:Viking (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 304 pages
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The Midnight Library par Matt Haig

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(Synopsis) This book depicts the stages of life of a 39 year old woman who is suffering with Depression and the guilt of everyday life. Whilst in modern day society she can’t undo her choices she is given a new opportunity as she dies and is placed in the library with her school librarian whom she treasured. I loved how this book can show you that some mistakes and choices you’ve done in your life have helped you become a better person. ( )
  princess1402 | Apr 10, 2021 |
4 stars

I really enjoyed the concept of this book and found Nora to be a very likable. It definitely felt more like a sci-fi read than magical realism. The thing that I find difficult with this genre is that the 'rules' for the imaginary world/concept aren't always consistent. It wasn't bad enough to be upsetting, but something I definitely noticed. ( )
  DanaManiac | Apr 5, 2021 |
The beginning is interesting then it gets way too didactic then there's a good ending. The middle was a slog and a bit of a disappointment after all the people who had recommended it to me. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Mar 23, 2021 |
Trite and predictable. I was underwhelmed after all the hype. Girl unhappy. Girl tries alternatives to current situation. Turns out girl was happy after all. She just didn't know it. Ugh ( )
1 voter albrunk1 | Mar 22, 2021 |
Clever idea, a nod to Its a Wonderful Life ( )
  jimifenway | Mar 20, 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.
ajouté par Lemeritus | 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.
ajouté par Lemeritus | modifierBooklist, 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.
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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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