Thursday, October 14, 2021

Book Bites: The Midnight Library

The Midnight LibraryThe Midnight Library by Matt Haig
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“The Midnight Library” is a paint-by-numbers rehash of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It follows suicidal Nora Seed as she peeks at the lives she may have lived. Except we rarely get to experience Nora’s emotions along with her; her repetitive lives are all “tell” and no “show.” There are clumsy lectures on the multiverse and chess. There’s a droning, Hollywood-style montage. The inevitable ending feels hollow and unearned to the point Haig’s book reads more like a bad self-help title.

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