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?