The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Book Review by Navina Anand

This book by Matt Haig was recommended by my friend Subhadra Jayaraman, a certified bibliophile. I am yet to dislike one of her recommendations. This book  was #1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller list and also was a winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction 2020. I read it on audible which is my go-to format these days.

The central premise of the book is “ Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets”. The book starts off a bit dark with a woman contemplating suicide and then takes off into a flight of many fantasies. 

 A powerful premise, the book stirs in us so many familiar thoughts , feelings and, travels down paths that are very familiar to us. It tries to answer questions which many of us have had throughout our lives. It makes us rethink our regrets and helps us envision the idea of alternate universes. It is deeply philosophical and yet funny at the same time with a great story telling style. If you are looking for a book that strides fiction and non-fiction in an easy breezy tone, this is the book for you. 

The audible narrator Carey Mulligan is fantastic . She enacts all the characters in a wonderful manner complete with voice inflection and accents. It was a total pleasure to listen to her. The advantage of having a fantastic narrator in an audible book is that it feels like you have the movie, with audio, running inside your head. Such a delight. 

After reading(listening to ) this book, I found out that Haig has written 72 books including books for children! I am definitely putting his other book “How to Stop Time” on my bucket list !

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