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.
Rating and Review
The first one I finish and it is a 5 star read. I think that bodes well for my reading. You think?
Back to the book.
I believe I first came across this book on Goodreads giveaway (I can’t recall correctly but I do believe this was it) and the cover grabbed my attention like anything. I wanted the book! I did not win that giveaway but the book remained on my shelf for me to make time for it. And make time for it, I did.
And, what a ride it turned out to be.
In this story I met Nora, who like me, is riddled with the what ifs of life and unlike me, she is in despair because of them to the point that she decides that it is time to bid the world adieu. That is where our story begins as she, rather than getting to be dead, gets the choice of swapping her life for one of hers in an infinite number of parallel universes.
Important Note: It has not been proven that one can does that so please do not take the death route to change your life.
In Nora’s journey to find the perfect life, she – and us readers – learn what is important in a life. We learn that our actions, even minute ones, have consequences that are far reaching. We may be sad in our own lives but one kindness shown by us may as well change someone’s life enough that they choose to live.
Her journey teaches her and us that life is meant to be lived and that is the only perfect way to live. There will always be sadness and despair but there will be happiness and euphoria as well. It teaches that without one, the other is completely meaningless.
This was my first book by Haig and I loved reading it and highly recommend it.