The Library at Mount Char
The Library at Mount Char tells a strange, terrifying yet touching story of a woman learning to be a god and regaining her lost humanity.
Does what a person experiences cause him to lose his humanity?
A new one has been added to the list of books that should be read again and again, which is the second time I have read the book The Library at Mount Char. I read it when it was first published. I was impressed at that time, but when I read it for the second time, I was more impressed with the book and it definitely became one of the books that stuck in my mind. I love books that combine with the universe and fantastic elements, and from another perspective, it makes one shudder to think that the book has a grain of truth. A book that I will not hesitate to take out of my library after a wall has passed and enter Carolyn’s world.
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. After all, she was a normal American herself once.
That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.
Twelve children, twelve catalogs, twelve librarians…
The story is about twelve children living in America and their lives with a man they call Father, who knows all the secrets of the universe. But this is no ordinary life in the way you think it is. These twelve children are governed by the Father in an unimaginable way of the universe, and we read that the twelve children have different abilities. These twelve children try to fulfill their duties to the universe by being matched with the twelve catalogs under the control of the Father.
An important rule; No one is responsible for anyone’s catalog at the Father’s command. Everyone is responsible for their own catalog no matter what. And the tasks written in this catalog are mind-bogglingly difficult and brutal. While the children are raised under the patronage of the Father, the Father suddenly disappears and this situation gives birth to the adventures of the young people in search of the Father, which is also the subject of the story.
During this time, although we, the readers, have a hard time understanding something in the first pages, as the pages progress, we get to know the characters and get into the story, trying to understand what’s going on. It’s a really intense book. An event that would seem strange when seen in real life is presented in the book as if it were something that should be so plain and simple that after a while, it seems like an ordinary thing for animals to be able to talk. So much so that when Carolyn, who is interested in linguistics from the twelve catalogs, meets Steve, who was not chosen unlike herself, and gets involved in the event, her normality also normalizes us.
Carolyn realizes that she is in a different sense without realizing it, with the events she has experienced with Father and eleven other people and the changes her soul has given. So much so that he does not even realize that he has lost his humanity as a result of his experiences. All of this sets Carolyn apart from other people, making her the deepest character in the book. Through Carolyn, we see the lives of the characters, and through Steve, we see how human life makes a difference on these choices.
At the end of the book, we get answers to all questions about the secrets of the universe, why all this happened, who these children are, and the Father’s disappearance. Some details, especially the Library, seemed a little skimpy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a book you wouldn’t want to end.
The Library at Mount Char definitely has the potential to be a book that can be presented in series, both in terms of my understanding and its fiction, rather than a single book.