Reading Response – Book Report/Review Example
Analytical Response: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami The story presents dark themes in the library, filled with fear and death until when a semi-shadowy girl slides through the bars into the boy’s cell with food. At this moment a feeling of hope begins to develop in the boy. Although, the memories of the bald headed librarian still haunt him in addition to the dreadful memory of the dog that attacked him in his childhood. The girl brings hope to the boy who had no possibility of ever escaping. He knew he would die in the cell as promised by the librarians.
The boy believes the girl is beautiful as compared to other characters in the novel who seem ugly and scary. “She was so pretty that looking at her made my eyes hurt” (Murakami 28). The girl also appeared innocent and reliable as the boy described “She appeared to be about my age. Her neck, wrists, and ankles were so slender they seemed as if they might break under the slightest pressure” (Murakami 28). The boy believed that the girl was an angel sent to rescue him. “Her long, straight hair shone as if it were spun with jewels” (Murakami 28). He felt as if he can trust the girl who was the exact opposite of the other characters.
In conclusion, the girl introduced the theme of love, care, trust and magical escape. This is evident in the way she came into sight. Her personal traits and general appearance envisioned pure trust which made the boy believe that the time of his escape had come. In a real life, I have learnt that liberators are associated with sincerity and trust. In the novel, the girl’s character demonstrated an innocence that everyone can trust than the suspicious brutality of the librarians.
Murakami, Haruki, The strange library. New York: Knopf, 2014, Print.