Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

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*I received my copy of this book from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review.*

Title: The Strange Library

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2014 (originally 2005)

ISBN: 9780385354301

The Strange Library

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination.

The Strange Library is a fun and quirky little story that is more a piece of artwork than anything else. The story finds the young protagonist, an innocent boy, trapped in a the nightmarish basement of his library, with a keeper who refuses to let him go and who threatens to eat the boy’s brain. It’s written in typical Murakami fashion so if you’re a fan of this genius writer, you’ll enjoy this story as well. He’s paired with designer Chip Kidd to great a lovely little collectable. The story is accompanied by eerie and whimsical images that follow the plot. The images enhance the threatening nature of the story. They are too close or very strange. It’s fun and it’s beautiful and overall, it’s a quick and enjoyable read. I can’t say that I own any other book quite like this one. It’s a fine addition to my library.

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