finished reading

This is a much-hyped book.  I don't get the hype.  I just didn't connect with it. It needed content/trigger warnings about suicide and mental health issues. It's repetitive and a bit preachy and is a surface-level look at existential questions.  I didn't like Nora, the main character.  And the alternate realities are so far-fetched.  Maybe I'm nit-picking.  The philosophy was interesting but it didn't go anywhere, it was a series of quotes that didn't seem to reflect anything that was going on.  I hate to sound so negative because I like the author and it was clever and I was interested enough to finish.  Maybe it's the wrong time for me to read this book?

From the publisher:
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.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

Picking up a new book is like a first date. There should be chemistry between book and reader, and you two just didn't have it.