The Library by Sarah Stewart is a paean to readers everywhere in the world. It will be cherished by all readers and understood most by them. I picked it up on a whim; however, I am so glad I did. The Library is one of those books that you will finish in less than five minutes, and yet you will go back to it again and again.
The book tells the story of shy, bookish, Elizabeth Brown and her life-long affair with books, where nothing else or no one else is needed. She only buys books and reads and reads and reads some more. As time passes she accumulates so many books that she decides to turn her house to a public library, where people can read for free and the written word can be cherished.
I read The Library at such a time when the concept of libraries is dying. I don’t see one in my city or that many in my country for that matter and that is sad. The Library is a beautifully illustrated book as well and by none other than David Small, who is her partner and understands the essence of the story completely.
I have thought many times to open a library; however I cannot bear the thought of my books not being handled well by some readers. May be that perception will change someday. The Library touched by heart because of its simplicity and the fact that I could relate to it so well. All I can say is that The Library should be read by every book lover as it makes you see books for what they are – priceless.