The Strange Library

The Strange Library


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ISBN-13: 9780385354301
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 201,057
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.


Tokyo, Japan

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1949

Place of Birth:

Kyoto, Japan


Waseda University, 1973

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The Strange Library

By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen

Random House LLC

Copyright © 2014 Haruki Murakami
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-385-35430-1


The library was even more hushed than usual.

My new leather shoes clacked against the gray linoleum. Their hard, dry sound was unlike my normal footsteps. Every time I get new shoes, it takes me a while to get used to their noise.

A woman I'd never seen before was sitting at the circulation desk, reading a thick book. It was extraordinarily wide. She looked as if she were reading the right-hand page with her right eye, and the left-hand page with her left.

"Excuse me," I said.

She slammed the book down on her desk and peered up at me.

"I came to return these," I said, placing the books I was carrying on the counter. One was titled How to Build a Submarine, the other Memoirs of a Shepherd.

The librarian flipped their front covers back to check the due date. They weren't overdue. I'm always on time, and I never hand things in late. That's the way my mother taught me. Shepherds are the same. If they don't stick to their schedule, the sheep go completely bananas.

The librarian stamped "Returned" on the card with a flourish and resumed her reading.

"I'm looking for some books, too," I said.

"Turn right at the bottom of the stairs," she replied without looking up. "Go straight down the corridor to Room 107."


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The Strange Library 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
baishuwei More than 1 year ago
The writing of Murakami is paired with illustrations that add their own storyline, the result is unlike any book I've seen. It tells a simple tale but it's mighty powerful. Fans of Murakami will appreciate how sparse his style can be, yet still be his style
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like everything I've read from this author, the problem for me with this book is that I felt the story belongs in a book of short stories, the book has a nice design but the story is very short to have its own book.
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