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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

23 reviews

liyaeshetu's review

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emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

4.0


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epeolatrist's review

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dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

What a unique little book. Murakami is my best friend's favorite author and she has been encouraging me to read his work for years now. The Strange Library was my first Murakami experience. I found it while browsing my own local strange library and was attracted to the short length and interesting accompanying photographs/illustrations. I figured that a great gateway to Murakami could be a short piece that would introduce me to his work and allow me to test the waters.

While I do feel like I experienced the story as part of a confusing and erratic fever dream, I really did enjoy the writing. I am excited to read more of Murakami's work after trying this little story.

*PS: I work in a library and I can confirm that every branch has a basement in which an old man looking to eat your brains lives.

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dexkit10's review

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adventurous sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5


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madisone's review

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

This book confused me so much, but I’ll be damned if I don’t give it at least 4 stars. I’m going to have to reread this soon to really understand the symbolism, but the first time around it’s a quick, confusing, and somehow quite enjoyable read.

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droggelbecher42's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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hayleyvem's review against another edition

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mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0


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jenmcvay's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.0


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lindseyhall44's review

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dark mysterious

4.0

This is quite possibly the strangest short story I have ever read…but I loved every minute of it!

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jessereadsthings's review

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fast-paced

3.0

Huh. 

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magicofservice's review

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dark emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

4.75

This book is so sad but such a good read. It seems to be intended for like middle grade but it is a great read for kids and adults alike. 

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