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The Midnight Library


Matt Haig

The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and worldwide phenomenon

Canongate Books

Available in our e-book collection through Libby.

Reviewed by Chung Fon Mee, Sabah State Library HQ

My curiosity grew on this book because it is highly recommended by my circle of librarian friends who love to read.

Now you see, I'm not actually in the category of librarians who love to read. I prefer magazine and movie over books. Then again because the title of the book with the "library", so it got my attention and curiosity to find out what it is all about.

The hard copy is not available in our library yet, lucky me that I've found it over at Libby in the e-book collection. I checked it out straight away and it took me less than its 2 weeks due date to finish it.

You’ll find this excerpt at the beginning of the book before the contents page:

‘Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. 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?’

This itself would give you some idea what this book is about – life!

Half way through it, it got me thinking.. no matter where she ends up or where she'll be, what she's having right now could actually be her best life.

Well, this is the kind of book that is neither a love story, nor a sci-fi. It is a mix of more than one genre and it is interesting on the way how it is put together. I believe most of us would be able to relate to this book.

Doesn't matter in what stage of life you are in, as long as you are a curious person, one that wonders what would life be if you are in another situation, another time line, another personality, you'd be able to put yourself into the shoes of the main character and keep turning the pages. In no time you’d be able to finish the book.

This is definitely an interesting read and it will worth your time finishing the whole book.

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