The Strange Library

By Haruki Murakami

This is a short book everybody could read in ten minutes or less. Its words are typeset in about 20 font or more. I discovered it from one of the bloggers I follow in my bid to expand my reading. The story is about a writer or someone who went to return a book to a librarian – finding her doing what librarians do – scanning a huge volume of books-. Upon presentation, his book was stamped and checked and – nothing was said-. And because nothing was said, he said what someone says to a librarian, “I want to borrow a book”. , because of a dare, naming a title, knowing it never exists, a name that came off his head, a book on tax collection during the Ottoman Empire. Books that sounded considering interesting or informative and as relevant to the present time as it was in the past, and should’ve been written by anyone for that matter. Directed and found without difficulty is room 107 located in another part of the building. Now with the volumes on hand, he is readying to check it out, only to be told that the books are for internal use only and cannot be taken home. Which means that the reader has to stay and read it inside the reading room. When he showed signs of returning them instead of borrowing, there came a pressure he cannot refuse to do what he wants to do. So he stayed on the condition that he’ll do it in thirty minutes because he has to come home for dinner with his mother waiting for him. There were a lot of twists and turns that prevented him from doing what he wants to do. He has been so worried all along about his mother who must have been waiting for him at dinner table. When finally after all the twists and turns and with the help of some personalities, he was able to escape this labyrinth (my word) inside a library and come home finding his mother serving hot breakfast on the table.

And I am also surprised why I keep on using him in this review when in fact except for mentioning an old man and a young lady, the gender of the writer or the story teller was never mentioned in it. I could’ve used her as well. Since this is a very short book, I recommend reading.

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