BOOK REVIEW: The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
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 blockbuster 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.
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Imagine being able to go back through your life and see how things would have turned out if you had made different decisions along the way.
What if you had chosen a different college or career path? What if you hadn’t broken up with that person? Or if you had said yes to an opportunity that scared you at the time?
Every decision we make in life leads us to who we are in the future. And when we experience hard times, it’s easy to look back and say, if only I had done that differently…
As Nora faces her regrets and discovers what her life would have been like if she would have made different decisions along the way, she gains a different perspective on where she is now.
The Midnight Library is fun (despite the slightly depressing context) and thought-provoking. It’s a bit like Sliding Doors with a touch of It’s a Wonderful Life.