Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Something quick, yet intense from Haruki Murakami. Art and literature combined, making for one enjoyable reading experience.



The Strange Library

by Haruki Murakami
Bond Street Books (2014), Paperback, 96 pages

If you are an avid reader of Murakami’s books, you will agree that on the one hand, this is not what one expects from Haruki Murakami, but on the other, it makes perfect sense that he would write a twisted, yet artistic little book such as the Strange Library. It is a short read, lasting about 40 minutes, as many of the pages are filled with these very cool illustrations.

The story is basically about a teenaged boy who encounters an evil old librarian who tricks him into a reading room (cell) in the basement, which is at the far end of a labyrinthine web of corridors. There is a girl who comes and goes as if by magic, and a sheep man who receives as well as gives pain, and of course, the old librarian. If I said any more, I would be spoiling the fun.

That said, this is a whimsical piece of horror-fiction that will appeal to all ages. The illustrations are quite beautiful, and the short story is well written and intelligent. It’s as if a piece of art, and a creepy fairy tale met in a dark hall and fell in love. Highly recommended.


Thugbrarian Set-List: OFF! First Four EPs.

Recently, I put together a vintage stereo system, using 1980s Technics components. The component that has been getting the most use is the Turntable. On it this week has been OFF!- First Four eps. This is the only real Hardcore Punk band around anymore. This is a great collection of 4 7″ records in a cool box. OFF! Everyone should hear it at least once.

Off Punk Rock


March 19, 2015 · 7:28 pm

4 responses to “Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

  1. Love this. Thanks for sharing! If you’re ever interested in some other awesome book reviews and musings, be sure to follow. Thanks!


  2. I may have just squee’d a little when I saw that you had an OFF! record at the bottom of your post… I was eyeing off a copy of this in my local record shop, which stocks pretty much only punk, hardcore and a bit of metal… but I couldn’t afford the prices!

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