The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami with Ted Goossen (Translator), Chip Kidd (Illustrator)

77 pages first pub 2001 (editions)

fiction fantasy magical realism mysterious medium-paced
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"All I did was go to the library to borrow some books." On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it ...

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Moods

mysterious 81%
dark 63%
adventurous 37%
tense 28%
reflective 15%
sad 11%
challenging 8%
emotional 8%
funny 8%
lighthearted 5%
hopeful 2%
relaxing 2%

Pace

fast 80%
medium 15%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 57% | A mix: 25% | Character: 14% | N/A: 2%

Strong character development?

No: 61% | It's complicated: 22% | N/A: 8% | Yes: 8%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 31% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 30% | N/A: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 36% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 13%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 51% | Yes: 22% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 6%

Average rating

3.51

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