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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  39,974 ratings  ·  5,826 reviews
From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami—a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.
Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination. The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plo
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Knopf (first published 2001)
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A rich and delicious snack that defies categorisation.

It has elements of Kafka, Borges, Roald Dahl, Hillaire Belloc and Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, with a dash of Orwell (but one digit out). It looks like a beautifully designed and illustrated children's book, though it's rather dark for small children, and YA feels wrong as well.

I think it's a book for adults who like slightly sinister tales and want to recapture a taste of the frisson of fear they relished when young.


The story is a fairly s
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haruki
لا.. لاااااا لا✖ كلمة قصيرة لابد ان تهتف بها في وقتها و مكانها
ا"لقد فقدت حذائي..و لن أتمكن من رؤية امي مجددا "و
كم تختلط اولويتنا عند وقوعنا في فخ لا فكاك منه

قصة خيالية..ساخرة..رمزية...مجنونة عن تلك المباني الحبيبة الماضية في طريق الانقراض

هل ترقد كل مخاوفنا تحت احب الأماكن إلى قلوبنا ؟
هل لابد للمعرفة من التجرد..التفرغ..العزلة؟

طفل يتم حبسه في غياهب مكتبة عامة حتى يحفظ 3مجلدات عن الضرائب العثمانية..و بعدها سيتم التهام مخه
اعتبرتها فورا قصة رمزية عن الثانوية العامة المصرية📖
بكل عبثيتها و جبر
Huda Yahya

لكل عشاق الكتب
هذه قصة ستمنحكم الكوابيس

هذه هي اللعبة..
مكتبة أم متاهة أم سجن..؟

أنت كعاشق كتب ‏
تتوقع قصة تكمن غرابتها في بديع الأشياء التي ‏
ولابد سيصادفها بطل القصة

تتوقع جنيات خرافية تملأ الأركان وحراسا لمكتبة الكون ‏يؤدون التحية للقراء

مهلا ... مهلا
موراكامي يكتب الواقعية السحرية بأسلوب مختلف تماما

وهذه القصة مثال جديد لعين على ذلك


‏ ولد صغير كتب عليه أن يُعذب بالقراءة
أن يكون سجنه مكتبة

لا تقل لي وما أشهاه من سجن..‏
فإن كان عليك القراءة غصبا وقهرا ‏
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hmmmmmmm..........My first Haruki Murakami story turned out to be a really dark and weird reading experience, but the more I think about it, perhaps I do get it.

I think a grown man (see shoe illustration) is reliving a sad childhood memory.

I think the setting in the bowels of THE STRANGE LIBRARY represents loneliness.

I think the nasty ogre with scary eyes means to show us fear.

I think the starling represents worry and loss.

I think the sheep brings memories of kindness that absorb pain, and

I thin

Ahmad Sharabiani
Fushigi na toshokan = The strange library, Haruki Murakami
Originally published: November 1982. Short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, bestselling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و یکم ماه سپتامبر سال 2014 میلادی
عنوان: کتابخانه عجیب؛ هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: بهرنگ رجبی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1393؛ 90 ص؛ مصور؛ شابک:
“Mr. Sheep Man,” I asked, “why would that old man want to eat my brains?”
“Because brains packed with knowledge are yummy, that’s why. They’re nice and creamy. And sort of grainy at the same time.”


I have a confession to make ... The Strange Library is the first work of Haruki Murakami I've ever read. There, I’ve said it. One of my best friends, Srđan, kept pushing me to read something of Murakami's. To Srđan, Murakami is a mythic figure ~~ I'm certain he makes the sign of the cross every time the
Rinda Elwakil
في عدد من الصفحات لا يتخطّي الثلاثين، يلخص موراكامي اسوأ كوابيس القراء و يضعها حيز التنفيذ

ماذا إن كان عشقك قاتِلك؟

ماذا إن فُرضت عليك القراءة فرضًا و صار إتقانك لما تقرأه سبيلًا لنجاتك؟
ماذا إن وجدت نفسك -بعد زيارة اعتيادية للمكتبة- مُحتجزًا تحت إمرة عجوز رهيب مختل يطلب منك أن تجيد قراءة ما بيدك و إلا ؟

القصة رمزية لا شك، مقبضةبعض الشئ

اثارت الخوف بأوصالي.

فقط ابعدوا تلك القصة عن الأطفال و من لا زالوا يتحسسون طرقهم في عالم القراءة، تحرّي أن يعرف أحد بمكانك عند ذهابك لمكتبة عامة، و إن وجدت عجوزًا عاب
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Murakami's magical side
Shelves: murakami, fun, art, whimsical
Why did something like this have to happen to me? All I did was go to the library to borrow some books.

Haruki Murakami has a fascinating ability to break open the natural world and let loose all the magic that we hope and suspect is lurking right under the surface. The Strange Library is a cause for celebration in the Murakami ouveur, even just for the simple fact that its existence signals that the well-respected novelist has achieved a superstar status in the world of reading; even more wort
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature

الكتب دى هتاكل لك دماغك
الواد فلان الكتب بوظت دماغه
شوفتى البنت دى قلعت الحجاب و فسخت خطوبتها بعد ما قرأت كام كتاب بوظولها مخها

دائما أمى تقلق على و أنا أقرأ و تناشدنى أن أرحم عينى و كأنى أعذبهما لا أمتعهما بينما لا تقلق على بتاتا و أنا ألعب أو و أنا نائم
ثم و فى المساء التالى أيضا ... الفتاة الغامضة ظهرت مجددا. هذه المرة جلبت لى سجقا مطهيا على الطريقة الفرنسية و سلطة بطاطا و سمكا محشوا سلطة براعم الفجل. هلالية كبيرة و شايا أسود محلى بالعسل. مجرد رؤية كل هذا جعلنى جائعا.
مجرد ذكر الطعام و أصنافه تصرخ
Mutasim Billah
“Ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don’t know something, go to the library and look it up.”

The Strange Library is a children's illustrated novel written by Haruki Murakami. The story centers around a boy who finds himself imprisoned in a labyrinth-like library. The book centers around strange, dark themes and words for a children's book. Some regular Murakami-esque features are present here in their full glory.

The moral

It is hard to tell what the moral of this strange tale i
Chihoe Ho
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Strange Library" is the collector's keepsake to add to the library of every Haruki Murakami fan, and a delightful gift to a reader who can appreciate a well-told imaginative short story in a creatively packaged edition.

When translation of "The Strange Library" was announced with a release of just mere months after his most recent novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, it was like Christmas came early for me. As with most Chip Kidd-designed Murakami covers, "The Strange
B Schrodinger
This time (unlike the last) the call came in the morning while I was eating a banana. Christmas breaks were over, my partner was back at work and I still had a month before I had to teach again.

"Happy New Year Brendon", came the distinctive voice.

"And to you Moriko", I replied.

"Oh Brendon, you remembered. I am Moriko. It means 'child of the forest'."

"Moriko I haven't even taken 'The Strange Library' out of it's plastic cover yet. Your research skills are still good, but your timing seems to be
فايز غازي ,Fayez Ghazi
- المكتبة الغريبة، قصة قصيرة جداً تتأرجح بين الواقع والخيال فحين تبدأ الأحداث على مسطّح ملموس يقوم موراكامي برشّ بعض السحر في الأرجاء ويُداخل العوالم ببعضها ويأتي بفتاة مسحورة من هنا وانسان خروف من هناك ويجمعهم في عالم واحد ثم يفرقهم ثم يعود الى الواقع المعقول فيخفيهم فلا تعرف اذا كانوا حلماً او واقعاً او خيال طفل او ردّة فعل نتيجة حادثة ما!

- القصة بظاهرها عن ولد خلوق يحب المطالعة، يتعرض لأحداث غريبة في مكتبة عامة، لكن ببطانها فهي تحمل الآف الإحتمالات والتفسيرات، بالإضافة الى الإحالات التي تحمله
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
what a strange little book. i think i enjoyed the illustrative presentation of the book more than the story itself, but it was a quick intro to murakami and i am looking forward to reading his other works.

3 stars
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I just did not get what this book is all about. Is this a children's book? Is this to scare children to go to libraries to read? Is this something like Antoine de St. Exupery's The Little Prince? However, I cannot think of any hidden message of the book. While reading, I was waiting for any of the characters to utter endearing lines like those spoken by the Little Prince or the fox in St. Exupery's classic. None.

The only good thing about this book is its unique and attractive look. The cover has
Susan Budd
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated by dreams. As a child, I found it curious that the very same people, places, and things that I encountered in the real world could be so strangely distorted in the dream world. It was the experience I have come to know as the familiar rendered unfamiliar. Stranger still was the opposite experience. The places I had never been that felt so familiar.

In the dream world, everything is slightly askew. The rules of reality don’t apply. Two people can be one and one can b
Manuel Antão
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Thoughts on Translation: "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami

Published December 2nd 2014

My first Murakami experience.

I’ve always avoided Murakami. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I don’t read Japanese. Or maybe it’s because I’m very particular about the use of stream-of-consciousness and magic realism in a story. Saramago is to stream-of-consciousness what Borges is to magic realism. José Saramago is for me the Nirnava when it co
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016

And ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don’t know something, go to the library and look it up.


OK! That’s sound advice. I should know: I once had four different library cards in my pocket, before I even heard of these things called internet and cable television. But this is Japan (have you seen those super weird game shows they love so much?) and this is a Murakami short story, so a library visit can take you to unexpected and bizarre (dark) places.

A young boy interested in h
Amira Mahmoud
Jan 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
أقسم أن قراءة تلك القصة القصيرة _ المتناهية الصغر _ كافية لجعل هؤلاء الصغار بل والكبار يفرون هربًا من أمام المكتبات ويرتعدون لمجرد ذكرها
قراءات الأطفال من أكثر القراءات التي يجب أن تكون على درجة عالية من الانتقائية
ذلك أن كل ما يقرؤه يشكل وعيهم ويؤثر في لاوعيهم ونفسيتهم
أن تقدم لهم قصة قصيرة برسوم كاريكاتير من أجل إرعابهم فقط
دون أن تٌقدم لهم قيمة ما، درس ما أو على الأقل تجعلهم يفكرون بشكل أفضل
أو حتى إمتاعهم فقط دون أفادتهم
وتتركهم هكذا معلقين بنهاية غير مفهومة
نحن اعتدنا على النهايات الموراكامية ال
Coos Burton
Es justo el tipo de historia que precisaba leer. Me encantó, un clima completamente siniestro y perturbador, y lo remata con un sórdido final. Les comparto mi video-reseña más completa: ...more
Araz Goran
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب, قصص

قصة مجنونة بقلم موراكامي..

حتى المكتبة في عالم موراكامي تبدو ضرباً من الجنون واللامعقول ،هنا حيث حافة الهاوية الضبابية بين الواقع وبين الهبوط نحو الخيال ..

الترجمة كانت سيئة للأسف، لم تُعط للقصة حقها..

Kamal Sabry Shaker
كيف يُدخلك موراكامى متاهته الخاصة فى 30 صفحة
جزء مهم جداً من عظمة وأهمية أى كاتب أنه يقدر يعيشك أحداث رواية ويدخلك فى قلبها - تتعاطف مع هذا وتكره ذلك وتنكر هذا وتتقبل ذلك - فى أقل عدد ممكن من الكلمات فما بالك بأحداث غرائبية كعادة موراكامى وفى قلب مكتبة يحتلها عجوز قاسى القلب يجبر طفل تنتظره أمه على قراءة 3 مجلدات فى شهر ويربطه بكرة حديدة فى غرفة بقبو المكتبة وكل هذا فى 30 صفحة.
حقيقةً موراكامى قادر على التلاعب بأفكارك والإيقاع بك بين براثن كلماته حتى تظن أنك تغرق فى عالمه حدث ذلك معى فى روايته الط
Hrachia Mirzakhanian
قبل از هر چیزی بگم کل زمان خوانش این کتاب به ۱ ساعت نخواهد رسید، چیزی در حدود ۹۰ صفحه که دقیقا نیمی از آن عکس می باشد. پس حتما به همه کسانی که کتاب داستانی دوست دارند توصیه اش میکنم.
داستان ظاهرا به صورت رئالیسم جادویی نوشته شده است که با تمامی علت و معلول های خاص خودش دنیایی واقعی ساخته و البته عنصر خاصی که جادویی و غیر طبیعی می باشد نیز دارد.
داستان پسری که وارد کتاب خانه ای میشه تا کتاب هایی که قرض گرفته رو برگردونه و یه سری کتاب جدید بگیره اما اتفاقاتی اونجا براش میافته که ماجرا مطابق میلش پی
Doug H
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This illustrated "storybook" seems a gift to Murakami fans who may have been disappointed by the realism of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki.

Weird and wonderful, it reads something like Hansel & Gretel Get Trapped in The Black Lodge from David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Don't expect a novel or even a novella here though. It's definitely a short story and it can be read in an hour. But what a fun hour! Very "condensed soup Murakami", it's chock full of his trademark surrealism (an underground world, a Jungian
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a story! It hit me so hard in the end.
I can understand what the author is trying to convey through this short fantasy/magical realism book.
I can feel the fear, the uncertainty, the relationship with the strangeness of reality, the unexpected inevitable turn of events and some memories that would never leave.
It's so beautiful. I kept wanting for more but the book ended so fast 🙄
Raya راية
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Raya راية by: Nahed.E

"منذ أن كنت صغيرًا كانت أمي تقول لي، عندما تجهل شيئًا ما.. اذهب للمكتبة وابحث عنه"

يا إلهي هذه قصة الرعب الثانية التي اقرؤها عن المكتبات، بعد قصة "شرطي المكتبة" لستيڤن كينج! والآن عرفت لما لا أحب أمناء المكتبات، لطالما كانوا أناس أشرار في نظري، لا يحبون مساعدة أحد، ولا إعارة الكتب حتى! فقط يريدون أكل أدمغتنا وتعذيبنا!

قصة مخيفة حقًا ومرعبة جدًا. كم نكره القراءة حين تصبح إجبارية!
راودني الشعور بالخوف من المكتبة، حين زرت قسم المراجع والدوريات في مكتبة الجامعة قبل مدة، وهو موجود في الطابق الأرض
Amr Mohamed
هاروكي ده عامل دماغ وهو بيكتب او نقرء له واحنا محششين اكيد ما هو مينفعش الناس كلها مش عارفة قاصد ايه من القصة
مظنش ان يكون قصده بس ان القراءة يجب ان تكون حب معرفة وليس بالغصب او الحبس

ايه قصده من الخروف والعصفورة والكلب
لازم هاروكي قبل ما يموت يكتب وصيته ويقول قصده ايه من كل قصصه القصيرة
Sarah Churchill
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Such an unusual story and presentation. I'd say this is one for fans of Neil Gaiman's work, because it's just enough dark oddness to make you uncomfortable, but with a bit of magic in there too.

Dropping in to the library on a whim to find something out on his way home from school, our main character is led to the depths of the dungeon where he's held captive, along with some very usual people.

The presentation adds a whole lot to the experience here, with illustrations and reproductions of old b
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
A very odd little book.
What to make of it? I'm not really sure. Is it really about a library? Somehow I doubt it as Murakami is never "about" any single thing.

A young boy goes to the library after school looking for specific books (on Turkish tax codes of all things). The librarian offers to find them but then the strangeness begins. There are so many conditions to reading the books that life itself is imperiled.

Is this a fable of childhood fears? A fable of fears of institutions with strange
Ian "Marvin" Graye
The Garden of Forking Corridors

I had just finished "The Garden of Forking Paths". I was about to start some Kafka, but I wandered into a $10 bookshop to see if there was anything that I could read in between. I looked at the front table. Nothing. Inside I wondered about a book about Heidegger. I went back to it twice, but decided I had enough Heidegger for the moment. I resolved to be virtuous and save my money for another occasion. I had one last look at the front table on the way out, and
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