Jan 18, 2015

The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

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...


A librarian from the geography section finds a reader who's been locked up in the library over night and she starts to talk to him. She's speaking about her job, her life, her personality, the things she finds important and everything she notices. Besides that she's talking about her favorite visitor, a researcher named Martin, and her big passions, history and books. 
I loved this monologue. The book is short, but it consists of one very long paragraph. It's very original and I enjoyed this clever librarian's words so much. She has some excellent points of view and a fabulous and eloquent way with words. I read this book in one go and enjoyed every minute of it. Sometimes it's like a rant, then the librarian is sensitive and observant and at other times she's telling honestly about her self-image. Everything was threaded together so well and the author never even missed a single stitch. I liked the admiration the librarian has for Martin and the words she uses to describe him. Apparently it's a one-sided love, but as there's no dialog or interaction I will never find out if it's true or not. I loved that and I was thoroughly intrigued. This book is perfect for any book lover and I'm glad I received it as a gift as it's absolutely fabulous!


  1. I enjoy a book where you can imagine your own ending. I remember when I was younger having books where you choose the way the story took.

    What a lovely idea being locked in a library. Would rather a book shop though.

  2. That sounds like an interesting an interesting read!


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