Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Paperback)
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DescriptionA narrative particle-accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami's international following. Tracking one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy. The result is a wildly inventive fantasy and a meditation on the many uses of the mind.
- Published: 01 February 2010
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780099448785 ISBN 10: 0099448785
- Sales rank: 1,462
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Reviews for Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Between Two Worlds
This is by far one of the best books I've read. Not just by Murakami, but in general.
It follows two narrations and what seems to be two protagonists. The stories do not intertwine that often, if at all. At some points you can see the connections but Murakami keeps the world separate all until the last 100 ish pages where you finally start to put two and two together and you realize just how closely interconnected they are.
What I especially loved about this book was the Calcutec's narration which is so easily flowing, simple and yet at the same time complex and smooth. As we have grown used to, he too is a character detached from the society (just like a lot of Murakami's characters are) but this does not make him any less unique.
The second narration is slightly different and the whole idea behind it gives you the chills. Somehow, there is always a feeling of unease when you read about the life in the Town, once you delve deeper into what it could be like. If you imagine yourself in such a world... At least for me, there was this odd feeling and somehow I was even glad that Murakami's writing was able to cause that within me.
Overall, the book is definitely worth reading and I am sure that if you choose to do so, you will enjoy every page of it.
I gladly give it 5/5. by Sara
Two stories book
This book as others of Murakami, has this sequence of 2 stories interspersed, one of that is about a guy who is a Calcutec, and start a work with a "Professor" and the other one is a guy who go to a fortified city and has to resign to his shadow... it's very creative and with many symbolism. by Angela Cortes