The Strange Library by Haruki MurakamiThe Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Strange Library

byHaruki MurakamiTranslated byTed Goossen

Paperback | December 2, 2014

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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, bestselling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.
HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.
Title:The Strange LibraryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.38 × 5.51 × 0.33 inPublished:December 2, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385683146

ISBN - 13:9780385683142

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A fun little book that gives you that "what did I just read?!" feeling - but in a good way! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique book This was a unique book and a fast read. It was fun flipping through while reading the story.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expensive, but Fun Very Murakami, an interesting read
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This was such a good read it is small considering the price of the book but the style of the book was interesting. The story was interesting the illustrations were good and once I started I couldn't stop reading but like I said it is short and I wish it was longer especially with the price of the book but if you are a Murakami fan like me and want to read all his work then this is a nice addition.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique. A wonderfully whimsical read. It should be noted that this is pretty short, especially for the price, but the uniqueness of the physical book itself justifies it for me.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute This was the cutest thing I have ever read. It was cute and dark with lovable characters that did not need much background. The ending threw me off a little bit however, and confused me. I reread it again and I understood it completely. It made me love the story even more.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Atmosphere This book really sets the scary mood. It leaves you feeling hopeless and claustrophobic. It's every child's nightmare basically. Being held hostage inside a library basement that is a huge labyrinth and to top that off there is a creepy old guy that wants to devour you. You on the other hand just want to go home and see your mother who is waiting for you to come home for dinner. The concept is great! The reason I give 4/5 stars is that this book is WAY too short and is a bit pricey. This concept could have probably been expanded on a lot more greatly and in detail. It could have been a great novel but instead it's basically a short story.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for Murakami fans A quirky little book, and I loved reading every minute of it. The illustrations were beautiful and definitely contributed to the overall ambiance of the story. If you're a Murakami fan and are wanting to read all of his works, definitely add this one to your list!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic i cant write a proper review without giving away too much of the story. however, i can say that i've recommended this book to many people and they have all loved it.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from rip off for 10.99 l cant believe an author wud get that kind of money for 3 chapters of reading they need to put in the preview just how short the book is .yes its an interesting read but only if u paid 2.99.kobo needs to clarify how many pages and chapters more clearly.especially the novellas.kathy reitch has a book out that does the same thing abot 4 chapters of reading and its finished.buyer beware
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive for what it is Cute, but a little on the expensive side for a 20 minute read. Worth it if you're a fan of murakami.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Peculiar Read "The Strange Library" is the collector's keepsake to add to the library of every Haruki Murakami fan, and a delightful gift to a reader who can appreciate a well-told imaginative short story in a creatively packaged edition. When translation of "The Strange Library" was announced with a release of just mere months after his most recent novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage", it was like Christmas came early for me. As with most Chip Kidd-designed Murakami covers, "The Strange Library" had a unique look and feel to it, and it won me over as I delved deeper into the story - a fairy tale, urban legend of sorts, one that mothers would tell their children to scare them good into behaving. It's quite unlike Murakami, yet, so very Murakami at the same time. A solitary boy, a mystifying girl, a sheep man and a bird, all entwined in a fantastical, simplistic plot - all nods to past Murakami works. The accompanying illustrations are visually impactful, and add much value to the reading experience. Give this man his Nobel already. Haruki Murakami's contribution to both Japanese and contemporary literature is far and beyond.
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Editorial Reviews

"This Murakami could hardly get more Murakami." ―Daniel Handler, The New York Times Book Review"A fairy tale that reads at times like a grim blend of Kafka and Lewis Carroll, with a touch of whimsical erudition in the vein of The Phantom Tollbooth. . . . Around the corner of every frightening turn is something delightful." —The New Yorker "[A] charming, surreal story. . . . whether he is writing for adults or children, [Murakami] remains a suspenseful and fantastical storyteller." —The Washington Post“An odd and beautiful thing. . . . It had me enthralled.” —The Independent (UK) “Japanese master Haruki Murakami’s short fantasy tale The Strange Library . . . takes readers on a wondrous journey.” —Elle  “Readers will get caught up in the world of the strange library . . . full of characters and images both awfully weird and utterly down to earth, transforms as you read it, becoming a living, nearly talismanic exercise in how to lift yourself out of the realm of the ordinary and allow the sentences to carry you into an alternate universe. The mysterious pleasure of it all is the payoff when you read Murakami. Some scholar may explain it to us all one day, diagram the roots of his work in the Japanese storytelling tradition, in fable and myth, the special effects he imports from American literature. For me, now, I'm just enjoying basking in the heat of this hypnotic short work.” —NPR Books“Like much of Murakami’s work, it’s simultaneously whimsical, meandering and sinister: a surrealistic tale . . . shot through with brutality, punishment and loss.” —The Telegraph (UK)  “This dryly funny, concise fable features all the hallmarks of Murakami's deadpan magic, along with splashes of Lewis Carroll and the brothers Grimm.”—Publishers Weekly“At once beguiling and disquieting—in short, trademark Murakami—a fast read that sticks in the mind.” —Kirkus Reviews