If there is a library where every book is a version of your life, and the bookshelves contain an infinite number of book choices, Won’t it be an interesting library?
The central theme of the midnight library immediately captures the attention of readers and gives an invitation to explore the library.
The Midnight Library
‘Between life and death, there is a library.’ That’s the address for it for those wondering how to reach it. The library comes with infinite possibilities of life where shelves go on forever and every book provides a chance to try another life that one could have lived. At the crux of it, the concept is unique and extremely interesting.
Nora Seed (the main protagonist) takes the readers through multiple books and multiple possibilities that come with them, laden with heavy philosophical overtones ranging from Plato, Voltaire, Confucius, Thoreau, Camus, Aristotle and Sartre, she tries to understand the true meaning of life. In one of the books, she is even a celebrated Philosophy professor.
Somewhere midway in the journey, the midnight library transitions towards a self-help guide, delving into more profound questions regarding depression, life, companions, friends, existential questions about life etc. Some may enjoy the transition, but the general reader is left wondering about the book’s flow.
‘You don’t have a to understand life. You just have to live it.’ – Mrs Elm(The Librarian) to Nora in the midnight library. The primary learning offered by this self-help guide is to enjoy different flavours of life as they come, no point in going over ’the book of regrets’.
So, what life would you choose?
‘It is quite a revelation to discover that the place you wanted to escape to is the exact same place you escaped from.’ It’s not about what life would we choose from if given a choice but what we make out of our present one without any regrets and living it to the fullest. One is impressed by the originality of the idea, but in the end, no one signed for a self-help therapy book.
- Total pages: 288
- Genre: Philosophical Fiction
- The Midnight Library – Matt Haig