The Strange Library

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2014 - Fiction - 96 pages
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From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.

Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination. The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library, the book is like nothing else Murakami has written. Designed by Chip Kidd and fully illustrated, in full color, throughout, this small format, 96 page volume is a treat for book lovers of all ages.

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User Review  - nkmunn -

I'm not sure what I thought of the story - it was complemented but at the same time overwhelmed by the book itself which was a treasure to hold and read - just the right size - not too tall and not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fliss88 -

The Strange Library is a strange book! I'm sure there is something I'm not getting behind this tale as the Murakami books I've read so far have not been whimsical. Hmmm, a strange one indeed. Read full review

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The library was even more hushed than usual.

My new leather shoes clacked against the gray linoleum. Their hard, dry sound was unlike my normal footsteps. Every time I get new shoes, it takes me a while to get used to their noise.

A woman I'd never seen before was sitting at the circulation desk, reading a thick book. It was extraordinarily wide. She looked as if she were reading the right-hand page with her right eye, and the left-hand page with her left.

"Excuse me," I said.

She slammed the book down on her desk and peered up at me.

"I came to return these," I said, placing the books I was carrying on the counter. One was titled How to Build a Submarine, the other Memoirs of a Shepherd.

The librarian flipped their front covers back to check the due date. They weren't overdue. I'm always on time, and I never hand things in late. That's the way my mother taught me. Shepherds are the same. If they don't stick to their schedule, the sheep go completely bananas.

The librarian stamped "Returned" on the card with a flourish and resumed her reading.

"I'm looking for some books, too," I said.

"Turn right at the bottom of the stairs," she replied without looking up. "Go straight down the corridor to Room 107.

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