Happy New Year guys! I have been doing some intense reading this month and The Midnight Library is one of the best Sci-fi I’ve ever read. This book will make you weep but it will also leave you with hope!
Book Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Science Fiction | Fantasy | Magical Realism
Published on: 13th August 2020
Between Life and Death, there is a Library.
When Nora Finds herselfin the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery, andd regret,. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.
The books in the Midnight Libraryenable Nora to liveas if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.
Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?
“You see, doing one thing differently is very often the same as doing everything differently.”
This gem by Matt Haig will hit you hard. How often do we find ourselves wishing to go back in time and change something or the other and undo our regrets?
After losing her cat and job on the same day, a depressed Nora Seed decides to end her miserable life. However, instead of dying, she finds herself stuck between life and death within a library with a familiar face.
Filled with shelves that go on forever, the Library contains books that leads you to an alternate reality. Each book provides Nora with a chance to undo her regrets and change her life. If she can find a life that makes her truly happy, she’ll be able to continue living in that reality. Otherwise, she’ll return to the library.
“Maybe that’s what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty. Maybe that was the only meaning that mattered. To be the world, witnessing itself.”
As the story progresses and Nora finds herself trying to live through different versions of her life, it soon becomes clear that every decision she takes has the power to change everything around her and maybe no life is perfect.
“The thing that looks the most ordinary might end up being the thing that leads you to victory.”
More often than not, I could see myself in Nora Seed, questioning every decision ever made, hoping for a chance to change something. This book is heartbreaking yet beautiful- magical yet realistic. The narrative is beautiful. In this book Matt Haig talks about regrets, broken promises, unfinished plans, roads not taken, words not spoken and passions not fulfilled.
The character development of Nora Seed is intense. From a girl willing to end up her life, her growth to someone respecting and appreciating the gift of life is breath taking.
This book will make you ask the hardest questions but it will also make you appreciate everything around you.
“The only way to learn is to live”
Maybe we are supposed to fall in love with our imperfect lives. Maybe we are here to make the imperfect life perfect, simply by living.