Monday 17 August 2020

Book Review: The Strange Library by Murakami Haruki (Literary Fiction/Magical Realism)

Title: The Strange Library
Author: Murakami Haruki
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Publication Date: 2014 (2001)
Literary Fiction/Magical Realism
Bought Copy

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.


The Strange Library is a fun, quick read that I finished within half an hour. I liked the blend of text and illustration, and there was enough magic and suspense to maintain the tension and sense of unreality throughout. This book may lack the depth of Murakami's usual, full-prose, adult works, but it's still a great little tale that will please fans of his writing and could also be a good introduction to his works for younger readers.

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