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Friday, 12 November 2021

#BookReview THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by MATT HAIG #audiobook



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




I listened to the audio version of this book - beautifully read by Carey Mulligan!

I think you know exactly what you're going to get with a Matt Haig book and this one follows his successful formula once again! He has created a character who many of us can probably relate to and puts her in situations where the 'what ifs' of life are played out so that you can find out if the grass is always greener on the other side... it often isn't it! Be careful what you wish for!

Nora is the main protaganist and she is really struggling in life - she sees no silver linings to anything and is thinking she'd be better off dead. She only sees the negative in her past and is full of regrets - The Midnight Library gives her a chance to put those theories to the test. Pick a different point in your life and make a different choice... see how it plays out. And as she discovers, something is always going to give. None of our lives are perfect, full of rainbows and happiness. There are always negative sides and it's how you deal with them that matters.

I really enjoyed watching over her as she got to play out different roles, different successes and failures to give her a new perspective on the life she was leading. I was a little disappointed with the ending as it all felt a bit too contrived and formulaic as the 'lightbulb' moment hit her. But it still made for a really enjoyable read.


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