But, hey, this kind of thing’s going on in libraries everywhere, you know. More or less, that is.
Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library
- “The girl’s silken body glinted in the light of the razor-thin crescent moon. I was spellbound.”
- “Hey,” said the sheep man. “What is it?” “You forgot the shoes, didn’t you?” “Yes, I’ve forgotten them,” I replied. Thanks to his question, however, the shoes that I had managed to forget walked right back into my mind.
- “The tricky thing about mazes is that you don’t know if you’ve chosen the right path until the very end. If it turns out you were wrong, it’s usually too late to go back and start again. That’s the problem with mazes.”
- “The world follows its own course,” he said. “Each possesses his own thoughts, each treads his own path.”
- “And yet these lessons will prove fruitless. Human libraries, the monster will learn, contain for him only alien literature.”