Fantasy / Magical Realism / Short Stories
Synopsis: ‘All I did was go to the library to borrow some books’.
On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake.
Led to a special ‘reading room’ in a maze under the library by a strange old man, he finds himself imprisoned with only a sheep man, who makes excellent donuts, and a girl, who can talk with her hands, for company. His mother will be worrying why he hasn’t returned in time for dinner and the old man seems to have an appetite for eating small boy’s brains. How will he escape?
200words (or less) review: What can I say about this?
It’s a very strange unique little book indeed. It’s probably a story that needs to be mulled over and re-read – will you enjoy it the very first time you read it? Yes. At least I think you will.
It’s so fascinating, different and a bit creepy.
You might not want to go into a library immediately afterwards.
Then again you might.
Visually the publishers have also made this book a work of art. So really there isn’t any reason not to pick this up. When you do tell me because I would love to talk to someone about this at length.