Book Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami 

Translated from the Japanese by Ted Goosen

Published by Harvill Secker in 2014

Pages: 74

Rating: 5/5


‘All I did was go to the library to borrow some books.’

My reaction:

Firstly, I’ll say, do not be swayed by the length of this book. I don’t tend to read a lot of novellas but this most definitely is possibly the best one I’ve read. 

My second Murakami book, an equal favourite. From the first page I was transported to the mystical library, the writing is so beautiful and vivid one cannot help but feel one is there too alongside the main character.

What followed is an utterly enchanting, bewildering, spooky and crazy read, filled with a questionable old man and a sheep friend that we don’t quite know how he got to be how he is. We also meet another character, a girl, who is quite intriguing and of course each character adds their own element to the story. 

Dotted throughout with illustrations that aid the storytelling, The Strange Library is about as enchanting and effective as any novella gets, and I’ll definitely be reading this time and time again. 

Everyone, you need to read this book, it’ll totally stay with you. 

And that concludes my review, til next time, happpy reading,


Note: I’m restructuring my reviews, I want to write shorter ones I think so I’m just doing a general sypnosis and my reaction. Would love to know what you think! 🙂

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