Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

byHaruki Murakami

Kobo ebook | November 17, 2010

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In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan’s most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.


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Author Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949 in Kyoto, Japan, and most of his youth was spent in Kobe. Murakami's parents both taught Japanese literature. Murakami studied at Tokyo's Waseda University. He opened a coffeehouse/jazz bar in the capital called Peter Cat with his wife, Yoko. He later turned to writing full time follo...
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Title:Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the WorldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 17, 2010Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307777693

ISBN - 13:9780307777690

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic postmodern classic - made my head spin!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another magical Murakami journey What's amazing about Murakami is how his books can be so easy and so hard to read at the same time. I think it's a gift. Or probably the result of lots of hard work. Hard-boiled Wonderland & the End of the World is my fifth Murakami and the hardest and the easiest so far. What's easy is a story - or in this case two parallel stories - that pull you in from the start and keep propelling you forward to find out what's next. The suspense is amazing. What's hard is keep tied to the story as a reader. That because so many weird and wonderful things happen you can keep wondering what it all means. Each of the two stories alone is a great read. But the they are bound together is purely masterful.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very cool interesting. needed a second read to fully understand and appreciate it all. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His best This is my fav M novel - all the qualities that make his writing unique tied up in a couple hundred pages.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun This is a fun book if you're looking for a bit of adventure :)
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing After completing Haruki Murakami's 'Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World', I realized that the characters had no names. Even though this is a weird point not to notice, everything sounded very normal. The characters were referred to as their description. For example, the chubby girl, the Gatekeeper, and the librarian. It was actually a very good thing that there weren't any names, because otherwise it gets very confusing if so many characters are being introduced at the same time. I thought about it and realized that this novel can only be classified under the genre 'fiction'. The four-hundred page novel kept me interested from the first few pages to the very end. There are two stories that are occurring at the same time. Every odd chapter is about a thirty-five year old man that works in the System, and shuffles data as a career. One day he secretly gets an assignment from a famous scientist that left the System, and his life starts changing as he discovers shocking truths. The chapters that have an even number are about a man that cannot recall his past. He comes to a town that has an extremely high wall all around it. The Gatekeeper says that if he decides to enter the town, he can never leave, and he must give up his shadow. The man has no where else to go, so he has no choice but to enter the town. The Gatekeeper separates his shadow from him, because without a shadow he can never leave the town. What will happen if his shadow dies? While I was reading the odd-numbered chapters, I kept on wondering what would happen next in the other story. Then when I was finally on the even-numbered chapter, I would again wonder what would happen in the other story. It’s a very creative way to write, because it always keeps you wondering what will happen next. Read the novel to discover the shocking truth as to how the two stories are related. Now, I can't wait to read Haruki Murakami's other novels!
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it more than once Surreal science fiction fantasy--or literary genre mash-up, as there's quite a bit of noir in there too. The translation is excellent and very readable--apparently Murakami has a regular translator who really understands his wordplay and sense of style. Although most of the book is whimsical and humourous, it also carries a big emotional payload, addressing big questions about identity and the unconscious.
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better the second time! An absolutely fabulous read, it's even better the second time through. An excellent choice for anyone who is new to Murakami's works, it is definetly his best and most interesting work so far.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A riveting read A surreal and suspenseful wild ride in the underground of both Tokyo and consciousness. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2003-06-19