This is our last week with the theme of escape fiction.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami is indeed a strange tale. If you enjoy escaping into an imaginary world where anything is possible then this may be the book for you.
A schoolboy stops on his way home from school at an unnamed city library to find books on a subject that just popped into his head, tax collection in the Ottoman Empire. The adventure begins when he is directed by the librarian to Room 107. He makes his way downstairs through a gloomy corridor to the basement where he meets a scary old man who takes him to the sheep man who has been told to imprison him the library for a month until he memorizes three thick books. Shackled with a ball and chain he plans is escape, encouraged by a pretty girl that only he can see who flits in and out of his cell. Murakami's story is both suspenseful and fantastical.
We'd love hear what you thought of this imaginary tale by leaving a comment below. Perhaps you've read one of Murakami's other books, what did you think of it?
Some of Murakami's other titles include:
- After Dark
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
- Norwegian Wood
- The wind-up bird chronicle
Check our catalogue here for these titles