The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami 

★★★★☆ (4/5)

A quirky little story, with dense symbolism (if one is looking for it). Narrates the tale of a curious young boy who is sucked into the “evil” world of adults, who keep on demanding more from him. His innocent eagerness to traverse the unknown lands hidden in books is soon coerced out of him as the adult world insists on cramming information from books as opposed to reading for pleasure and quenching personal thirst for knowledge.

  • She looked as if she were reading the right-hand page with her right eye, and the left-hand page with her left.

  • Indeed, inside the door was as dark as if a hole had been pierced in the cosmos.

  • “So that’s why he wants me to spend a month cramming information in there, to suck it up afterward?”

  • The sheep man has his world. I have mine. And you have yours, too. Am I right? “That you are.” So just because I don’t exist in the sheep man’s world, it doesn’t mean that I don’t exist at all.

  • The sheep man had disappeared without a word to me. Just as the morning dew 

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