The Strange Library

Why did something like this have to happen to me? All I did was go to the library to borrow some books.

Murakami the strange library review

The strange library

Title: The Strange Library
Author: Haruki Murakami
First Published: 2005
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.62)
I would recommend this book to: Readers who like strange reads.
The Beginning: The Library was even more hushed than usual.

A boy goes to the library one day after school. Instead of just borrowing books the usual way, he’s led to a special room. He feels uncomfortable, but is too polite to say no. Next thing he knows, he’s locked into a room by an old man who wants to eat his brain after feeding it books.

Why do I act like this, agreeing when I really disagree, letting people force me to do things I don’t want to do?

What a creepy read this little book turned out to be. The Strange Library is weird in a Hansel and Gretel meets Alice in Wonderland kind of way. The story is classic fairy-tale with a horrifying and claustrophobic atmosphere. My edition had the most beautiful pictures and drawings that made the reading experience quite amazing. These visual elements made a simple but weird story even more special and dreamlike.

Murakami the strange library graphic

4 thoughts on “The Strange Library

  1. Jeg er så fascineret af Murakami og hans fortællerstil. Den her lyder absolut som et must read for mig, mon den fås på dansk? Det må jeg lige undersøge 🙂

  2. I actually hadn’t heard of this book of his before- I’ve always wanted to read a book by Haruki Murakami, but I’m not sure where to start. This sounds like my kind of fairytale-like novel. 🙂
    Excellent review!
    ~Litha Nelle

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