The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry, Siân Reynolds (Translator)

17282187I was looking for a short, quick read to get me from one book to another. When I opened the book and read:

“To all those men and woman who will always find a place for themselves in a library more easily than in society, I dedicate this entertainment.”

I was hopeful that The Library of Unrequited Love was the book for me.

One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight. She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that she takes as an opportunity to pour out all her frustrations, disappointments, discontentment, but also her hopes, dreams and feelings. She vents to this stranger more than she’s ever done before. And thus begins her incredible 100-page monologue.

I’m impressed that in just a few pages, Divry was able to make us feel for this woman and connect with her. At the same time, I am disappointed that Divry focus on the old stereotype of librarians. That being said, I enjoyed the book, which really is more of a short story. It took less than two hours to read. It severed its purpose of getting me from one book to another. I don’t know if I would recommend that you buy it but definitely worth a check out from your local library.

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