March 19

Book Review – The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

March 19, 2015

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami—a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.

A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination.

I heard about this book from another blogger, and I was totally intrigued. Initially my library didn’t carry it, but the other day I was pleasantly surprised when I came across it in the new releases section.

This was a very short read that was nothing like what I expected. Ultimately, I think what happened is that Murakami took a dream he experienced while hopped up on Nyquil and turned it into a book :). It’s actually a little tricky to write a review on, but I’ll give it my best shot.


  • The cover, the graphics, and the font are all unique and eye-catching. You definitely want to read the actual book and not an electronic version.
  • This is a super short read that takes less than an hour. It would be a great book to take on a plane or while you are waiting for an appointment.


  • I think all of the symbolism can be figured out by plugging the concepts into a dream analyzer app :) .
  • I don’t really love that the library is made to be an evil place.

Overall, this is a very different kind of read. This isn’t a book where you will get drawn in and left wanting for more, but if you want a quick and unique read, then definitely give this a shot.

Have you read The Strange Library? What did you think? Have you read any other books by Murakami that you would recommend?

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Posted March 19, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review


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