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On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library pops into the library, wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. This is his first mistake. Led to a special 'reading room' under the library by a strange old man, he finds himself imprisoned. His mother will be worrying why he hasn't returned, and the old man seems to have an appetite for eating small boys' brains. How will he escape?

©2014 Haruki Murakami (P)2014 Random House

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"The best novelist on the planet." (Observer)

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Beautiful imageries by Murakami

Having experienced Murakami's writing , this book doesn't fail to take you through the mysterious journey he pens down of the boy and the strange library he visits.
A short, yet impactful read!

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loved the story.

As the title goes, the whole story is really strange and mysterious. The boy went to library and the found a lot unusual about it. It's quite a short story and I don't feel like writing anything about the story as I may end up giving you spoilers. This is my first book by Murakami and now I know he is such a great hit.

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Very disappointing

a story that goes nowhere of interest, as though he has reduced or removed all his characteristic wit and charm for younger readers... but why?

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