It’s definitely strange – not just the library, but the story. Good strange, though. I let some time pass before reviewing this, but it still remains clear and interesting in my mind, in an almost fable-y way.
It’s theoretically a children’s book, but in the same breath as The Little Prince or Alice In Wonderland is – very consumable for adults, with a whole other realm of possible interpretation if employing a higher level of thinking. It can be a simple story of a young boy who becomes trapped in a strange library but an even stranger brain-eating “man”, or it could be a semi-conscious fantasy symbolic of shame, fear, illness and the aftermath of childhood trauma. I’m not just being a literary annoyance when I say that, (“maybe the sky is blue because the sky is blue not because of the author’s melancholy, Mrs English Teacher” springs to mind) – the imagery has multiple meanings at every turn, and is frankly too strange for it to not be multifaceted. My first Haruki Murakami as well, which is arguably a strange one to start with – perhaps Norwegian Wood will be next.
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