Friday, February 27, 2015

The Strange Library

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:
  • 1Q84
  • After Dark
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Piercing
  • The wind-up bird chronicle

Check our catalogue here for these titles

1 comment:

Steph said...

Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library is everything its title suggests. This darkly phantasmagorical glimpse inside the genius and perhaps madness of Murakami’s mind is both breathtaking and disconcerting.
Murakami’s schoolboy hero, on a quest for knowledge visits his local library. There he, is captured by the library’s evil and elusive director who plans to eat the juicy brains of this inquisitive hero. Cared for by a mysterious sheep man and an ephemeral waif of a girl, the hero plans his escape his ‘brain eating’ captor.
This novel has you on the edge of your from start to finish, and if you’re not careful enough you may just fall right off at the end. Accompanied by whimsical and at times ironic pictures, this is a mind bending short story about the quest for knowledge, self-confidence and love. Murakami’s The Strange Library is a must read for fans of the Japanese author’s work and a great introduction into the writings of one of the 21st centuries most talked about authors.