The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry, Siân Reynolds (Translator)
Hardcover, 92 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by Maclehose Press (first published 2010)
Original TitleLa cote 400
ISBN 0857051415 (ISBN13: 9780857051417)
One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight.
She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes. Two things shine through: her shy, unrequited passion for a quiet researcher named Martin, and an ardent and absolute love of books.
A delightful flight of fancy for the lonely bookworm in all of us… (less)
My first thoughts about the book were not very good, it was quite a different type of read than I was used to. But as I kept reading, the book got better and better. A librarian goes to work one morning and finds a man who was locked in the library overnight sleeping in the basement where she works. She wakes him up and begings talking to him. It was one sided conversation and it took me a while before I started really enjoying what I was reading. She tells the man, a researcher named Martin, all about her job and how much she loves books but she’s not a fan of her co-workers or the library patrons.
The book is only just over 90 pages so it can be read in one sitting. I ended up loving this book and would like to read it again sometime. It was very intertaining and the librarian really grew on me.
If you like short quirky books, take a chance on this one. I’m glad I did.