The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is probably to be my favorite book of this year. While it is true that the year has just recently begun, and I am in no way a pessimistic person, I just can’t imagine a book being better than this one in my TBR list. This is how amazingly impressive it was.
A person was like a city. You couldn’t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don’t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.
The Midnight Library tells the story of middle-aged Nora. She feels fed up with her current life due to a long row of disappointments and devastating events, so, full of life regrets, she decides to commit suicide. Right after her suicide attempt, she wakes up into a dashing library full of thousands of books, and meets her old high school librarian. The old woman claims that she is the keeper of the Midnight Library, a place between life and death, where every single other possible life Nora might have lived based on her past choices can now become her new present existence.
There begins the long and exciting story of Nora’s trials to find the perfect life for her, a life that will cure her depression and will make her realize exactly what she needs her life to be like in order to be really happy. From following her past talent and dream into becoming an Olympic winning swimmer, to being married to a dashing former friend that have once upon a time invited her to a coffee, there are thousands possible lives that Nora will have to go through in order to realize what being alive is really about.
“We only need to be one person.
We only need to feel one existence.
We don’t have to do everything in order to be everything, because we are already infinite. While we are alive we always contain a future of multifarious possibility.”
I have always thought that when I was going to read this book I am going to love it, but nothing could have prepared for the magic of this masterpiece. I truly loved visiting all of Nora’s possible lives, each brought a closer understanding for the protagonist about what life should be like.
Regarding the ending, although there are mixed opinions about the outcome of The Midnight Library, I truly believe the life she has chosen to be the best and right one for her. We only have one life, and just like in the emblematic movie that I watch every single Christmas, it is our very life that makes and unmakes the wonder and sadness from every person’s existence that we touch.
At its core, The Midnight Library is a magical realism allegory about being happy with ourselves. We are the sum of all of our life choices, and every single regret of a different life can be overcome with our capacity to lower our expectations and just rejoice in the present. As long as we are alive, everything is still possible. There are thousand of chapters that are still to be written, and we are our own authors. Where there is hope, there is life.
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