The Midnight Library [Paperback] Haig, Matt Paperback – 30 August 2020 by Matt Haig (Author)

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      About the Author

      Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children and has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

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      Dimensions 12.9 × 1.11 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Canongate Books; Export/Airside – Export/Airside/Ireland edition (30 August 2020); Penguin Random House

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 304 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 1786892723

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-1786892720

      Reading age ‏

      ‎ 18 years and up

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 130 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.11 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ India

      Net Quantity ‏

      ‎ 1.00 count

      Importer ‏

      ‎ Penguin Random House

      Packer ‏

      ‎ Penguin Random House

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      ‎ Books


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      10 reviews for The Midnight Library [Paperback] Haig, Matt Paperback – 30 August 2020 by Matt Haig (Author)

      1. anshu

        The book is such a beautiful representation of life and death, multiverses, infinite possibilities and giving the courage to live and explore’s one potential.

      2. Mridu

        For all the daydreamers and overthinkers,who for better or worse spend more time inside their head,thinking of what they could have said and done differently ,just so that one other person would like them more, that one life decision they would have made differently if it was only theirs to make.This is a book that will make you feel hope,despair,joy and sadness all within the span of few chapters.And at the end, also a feeling that they should probably try to prioritize living life over understanding it,lest their life should become another tired tale of shoulda coulda woulda and into the Bermuda 😂

      3. K P Vineeth

        Everybody in our life were someway somehow play the character of Nora seed, everybody were living in present thinking more about regrets, the beauty of this epic is just burn your regrets and stay in present.

      4. Anshu Rai

        You need to read this book for once in your life. It doesn’t matter how happy you are today or if you’re all sad but this book will be learning for a lifetime.The protagonist, Nora Seed is going through a phase in her life where she feels that she has been a disappointment for everyone in her life, and failure for her own potentials. She feels that her life is not worth it and decides to end it.And then, when death should have been on the other side, she reaches a midnight library where is given an opportunity to try every life she wants just the way you can try on clothes. In the process of trying various lives she understands that her present life was a pleasant one with some difficulties, some disappointments, and a lot of ignorance. Ignorance of not looking at the little things that always make a huge difference. At last she understands that only perspective matters. You can find happiness even in the gloomiest day if your mindset is right. It’s not what you see but how you see it makes all the difference.Through the story of our protagonist, Nora Seed, you will see the joys of little things. And how one of the most special things about life is to care and to be cared for.I won’t say that the story is just fascinating, or the book was an exceptional one, but I liked the book because of the simplicity with which the author has penned this story. He was careful that he was writing about human emotions and hence didn’t go too deep to make it complicated to understand. Just kept it simple, and easy to relate with.I finished this book in 3 days, a 284 pages book usually takes more time than 3 days but this book was different as the chapters were small and continuity was maintained throughout. The story was sailing smoothly in my mind. I didn’t have any trouble in recollecting the information in the previous pages. Hence, reading it was easier and a fun process for me.I would surely recommend this book!

      5. Manasi Hande

        Overall it’s fine but the back cover is a bit damaged

      6. Jaimy Shaiju

        It’s an ordinary story but if u get it, then the realisation is extraordinary. The in between journey of Nora makes ya realise how we sit mourning over our regrets instead of making the best of what we already have which is : infinite combinations of possibilities. A sweet story, simple writing and yet if you allow it, it can change the way you see your life.

      7. bolar guru prasad

        Author has beautifully imagined human life and the way we deal with it.

      8. aparna

        The best book I read this year. With the lead I lived many lives, and it was an awesome experience.

      9. imaloserdude

        Full of philosophical aphorisms & lots of Easter eggs & ideas about happiness and choices and lifeSo many options can be pursued when evaluating a book. Did the author create believable and consistent characters? Did the author manufacture vivid scenes and detailed locations? Did the author include Easter eggs for the reader to find, anagrams of names (like in the Series of Unfortunate Events) or a play on words or an alliteration or metaphors or similes or puns? Did the author include references to real world events or people or places that the reader can connect to? Did the author explore a familiar concept in a new way? Did the author give the characters words to say that connect with the reader and their view of life? Did the author overuse actual dialogue or internal monologue to explain the story instead of relying upon actual action.There are so many options for the reviewer, just as there are so many options for the main character in this book. Nora Seed finds herself in a library at the stroke of midnight, with lots of books around her and a librarian from her childhood, Mrs. Elm. Each book represents a different version of Nora’s life, a life of joys and sorrows, people and places, events and tragedies that spawned from a single choice, a decision, or in the case of this girl so full of regrets, something that didn’t happen because she didn’t make that choice.Of course, there is the root life, the life that Nora remembers living, a life full of disappointments and settling, that led to her attempted suicide and her visits to the Midnight Library. A moment in between, where she isn’t alive and in her body yet she isn’t dead (with the finality that means for self and others). And there are all of those other lives that she now gets to explore, lives where she doesn’t remember any of that Nora’s life, but finds herself plopped there with a kid yet no memory of this child, or as a wife with no memory of sleeping with her husband, or as a glaciologist with no memory of what such a scientist knows, or as a pop star with no memory of the words to popular songs, or as a pub owner with no memory of what to do when closing. Lives, but without the memories that led her there.An interesting thread running throughout the book is that of Hugo, another slider who explores his own lives. Hugo and Nora meet up several times, though find that the other isn’t what they want and each chooses to go back to their own terminal, hers a library and his a video store. I expected them to meet up at the end, as they had such a powerful connection through their sliding, both aware of themselves and of others, but no. it wasn’t to be. I’m not disappointed, just wondering if such a possibility exists, and if I will get this chance one day. And I wonder how Hugo arrived at this point, if his was also a suicide, and if it only happened to suicides or lives so filled with regrets.A question I still have is about the character of Mrs. Elm (for Nora) or the uncle (for Hugo) and the place where these shamans or guides or facilitators resided. Both sliders found themselves in an in-between place with a familiar character as the trusted one, not someone who used them but someone who in real life helped them find their own way. A good person. An older person who helped at a pivotal time in their life. I find it cool that the author (Matt Haig) crafted a god-like character, not one who superimposes her/his will on you but one who is limited in what they can do by the physics of the world (a library or a video store) they are trapped in. Not all-powerful. Not desiring worship. Not governed by human impulses (power and sex). But a personal god whose sole interest was in the needs and wants of a single person, a much better concept (to me) than the invented gods of the modern world that seem interested in humanity as a whole (and worship and knee-bending and blind obedience and all of that stupidity). If we could wipe away all of the old gods and create a new god for each person today, this would be the kind of god I would like to think about. Though there is that question about universality, and whether everything we think and feel isn’t just arising from our own experiences, including all of this god-talk.I enjoyed finding things in this book. Like the title, on page 31. And the name of the band, a variation of the Kurt Vonnegut classic, Slaughterhouse Five. And the name of the music shop that sounds like the idea behind all of the lived lives in this book, String Theory. And the references to Bedford and Pottersville, connecting readers to the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. And life-fright being similar to stage-fright. And the role of chess in the book, from its beginning to its end, something that used to be a major part of my own life as an educator. And glitches in the library that stemmed from Nora thinking differently about death than she did in her root life. And I had to look up “grasshopper suicide”, because the character told me to, and how many forms of life there are (almost nine million), and Frank Ocean (“Moon River” was awesome).Another interesting concept is that of time. Time doesn’t pass for Nora in the real world as she pulls out numerous books from the library shelves, some exploring for a few minutes, others for hours or days or months. Yet the clock never moves past 12:00 in slide after slide, life after life, universe after universe, until her thinking changes in such a way that she no longer regrets the choices she made in her root life. And then the clock starts ticking and Mrs. Elm warns her that she must do just one thing in order to survive, pick that one book, and, wait, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it gets to 00:03:48.If you want to know what happens to Nora, then read this book. It is really good and worth your time. And if you are the philosophical type (as I am), then keep a notepad and pen nearby so that you can write down the interesting thoughts and ideas that flow from the mind of Nora Seed, the questions she ponders, the truths she shares with the world. And I will end on a final thought, one found on page 137, about life and what it is: “…acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty.” Something to think about.

      10. L. L.

        Everything we do can change the course of our lives.At first this was sad, but by the end of the first chapter, it hooked me when after she tries to kill herself she discovers, “There’s another place to go, and it’s not some mythical after life.” What if a lot of books, endless books of us, existed on our just making one different choice and it changed everything. What if we crossed a street at a certain time and met the love of your life, but what if you ignored him that day. It’s all in here… What if we followed through on our childhood dream but realized it was only to get a parents approval, and you found out, it didn’t make a difference anyway because other people aren’t controlled by us and their lives and issues would have existed anyway… What if we followed any of the dreams we had of becoming, when we grew up, as a child, if we knew ahead of time what the outcome would be, would we choose another ending, or would we hold on to the life we have because every day we can decide to change just one thing and have a totally different life outcome than the one we have now. This was inspiring, and life changing in how it really made me rethink what I thought I knew.. What if we had made one simple change in our current life and we began to see we matter. Every person we touch, every word we say, every kind thing we do for others all does matter, and may have changed their lives, or saved them. Every day is precious and matters because we’re here. In the end, as long as you have any time left, you can still make dreams come true and make it the life you want, or change someone else’s life. Life affirming, and deep, this book will make you think, and see your existence matters more than you imagined, because of the lives you touched and may still touch yet. A great read, and a deep dive into our own “what if”..then read it again. I promise you’ll think about this book for a very long time after you read it. BTW, it has a great unexpected ending.

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