HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

La fin des temps: roman by Haruki Murakami
Loading...

La fin des temps: roman (original 1985; edition 1994)

by Haruki Murakami, A (A)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
6,408121600 (4.14)220
Member:indiepollo
Title:La fin des temps: roman
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Other authors:A (A)
Info:[Paris!, Editions du Seuil, dep.leg 1994
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:None

Work details

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (1985)

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 220 mentions

English (110)  French (4)  Spanish (3)  Dutch (2)  Italian (1)  German (1)  All languages (121)
Showing 1-5 of 110 (next | show all)
This is like the show *Lost*, interesting beginning, horrible stretch to the end. Eventually, there is little meaning at the end. I think Murakami had a wonderful idea, but he got lost at the end. There is some lingering philosophy at the end, but the plot holes and the convenient mysteries aren't that forgiving.

I can't believe I just compared a Murakami book to *Lost*. ( )
  TJWilson | Jul 24, 2014 |
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3803095/



As much as I really enjoyed this, I also had no idea what the heck happened for most of it. The near future Tokyo with the brain data-scramblers and the End of the World town with unicorns. Eventually I saw how the two story lines came together and it was all interesting but then what happened? The main character (no one had a name), does he die? Is he just in a state of unconsciousness? Or the character in the town, if he had escaped, would that mean it wouldn't happen? What is the shadow, is that the part of the brain in the real world? Was I supposed to understand the accordian? But I ended up, strangely enough, really liking it. It didn't bother me that I wasn't actually understanding much of it.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
I first read Hard-Boiled Wonderland . . . back in 2003, at which time I listed it as one of my Best Reads for that year and would probably have given it 5 stars if goodreads had existed 7 years ago. This time around, I still really enjoyed the novel, but with a few reservations. Here's what I wrote back in 2003: The central character here is a “calcutec” whose conscious self becomes uncoupled from and supplanted by his unconscious self due to some experimental machinations by the Professor. The plot is inventive, or I should say both plots are inventive. Strange as they are, I found all of the characters in both worlds to be fully realized. I like one reviewer’s description of the Wonderland narrative as at first fast-paced like an adventure novel while the End of the World narrative is static, dream-like. As both stories progress, speed reverses so that Wonderland slows down when the narrator lives out his last day in the mind that he has always known to be his waking consciousness while the End of the World speeds up. Murakami’s is a fresh take on the old cliché, “I’m losing my mind” or “I’m going out of my mind.”

This time around, I was much less convinced by the character of the Professor with his garbled theories, his ethics-free experiments in consciousness engineering on human subjects and his annoyingly transcribed speech anomalies (this last may be a translation problem, but it drove me nuts). In contrast to the professor, who runs away from every mess he creates (at first to an underground lab and finally, to Finland)the calcutec/ dreamreader, the "hero" of both tales, decides to take responsibility for the End of the World, with its inhabitants and its beasts that resemble unicorns, that his core consciousness created.

The lesson learned might well be that memory is the key to the mind and that love (and music)just might unlock (lost) memory.




( )
  Paulagraph | May 25, 2014 |
A good friend recommended this novel to me. I loved the title because it sounds so nonsensically avant-garde. Hard Boiled Wonderland...tells two very different but essentially connected stories: the unnamed narrators of the Calcutech and the Dreamreader. The Calcutech lives in 1986 Japan. He's a 35 year old divorced man who works for The System, a sort of all encompassing governing bureaucratic body all dystopian worlds have.

One day, the Calcutech gets a job from someone known as The Grandfather to do a process known as shuffling, which isn't on the level legally. After he does shuffle the data, his life will never be the same.

The Dreamreader lives in a town surrounded by a massive wall where the inhabitants want for nothing. The only drawside: people who enter the town must forsake their shadows. A shadow equates to one's mind. Once the shadow dies, the mind dies and everything associated with it.

This was my first Murakami novel and I'm really glad I listened my friend. Hard Boiled Wonderland was really good. It was a fast read but I was sad when it ended. Murakami painted such beautiful and intricate worlds. I loved the fringe science of the Calcutech's world and loved the simplicity of the Dreamreader's.

Hard Boiled Wonderland was dark and I applaud Murakami for that. Such a tale cannot have any mushy happy endings just endings. I liked his lack of names for his characters. It sure limit the confusion with such an array of characters. Identity was fluid. What's in a name, anyway? ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
A good friend recommended this novel to me. I loved the title because it sounds so nonsensically avant-garde. Hard Boiled Wonderland...tells two very different but essentially connected stories: the unnamed narrators of the Calcutech and the Dreamreader. The Calcutech lives in 1986 Japan. He's a 35 year old divorced man who works for The System, a sort of all encompassing governing bureaucratic body all dystopian worlds have.

One day, the Calcutech gets a job from someone known as The Grandfather to do a process known as shuffling, which isn't on the level legally. After he does shuffle the data, his life will never be the same.

The Dreamreader lives in a town surrounded by a massive wall where the inhabitants want for nothing. The only drawside: people who enter the town must forsake their shadows. A shadow equates to one's mind. Once the shadow dies, the mind dies and everything associated with it.

This was my first Murakami novel and I'm really glad I listened my friend. Hard Boiled Wonderland was really good. It was a fast read but I was sad when it ended. Murakami painted such beautiful and intricate worlds. I loved the fringe science of the Calcutech's world and loved the simplicity of the Dreamreader's.

Hard Boiled Wonderland was dark and I applaud Murakami for that. Such a tale cannot have any mushy happy endings just endings. I liked his lack of names for his characters. It sure limit the confusion with such an array of characters. Identity was fluid. What's in a name, anyway? ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 110 (next | show all)
He has become the foremost representatives of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical and highly stylized, set at the juncture of cyberpunk, postmodernism, and hard-boiled detective fiction.... Murakami [is] adept at deadpan wit, outrageous style.
added by GYKM | editLos Angeles Times Magazine
 
Murakami's bold willingness to go straight over the top [is] a signal indication of his genius... a world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks.
added by GYKM | editWashington Post Book World
 

» Add other authors (28 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Haruki Murakamiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birnbaum, AlfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Camp, Marion Op denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortmanns, AnnelieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, Maxim deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
The elevator continued its impossibly slow ascent.
Quotations
But on the phenomenological level, this world is only one out of countless possibillities. As you create memories, you're creatin' a parallel world
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Publisher series
Information from the Catalan Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
From Library Journal
The last surviving victim of an experiment that implanted the subjects' heads with electrodes that decipher coded messages is the unnamed narrator of this excellent book by Murakami, one of Japan's best-selling novelists and winner of the prestigious Tanizaki prize. Half the chapters are set in Tokyo, where the narrator negotiates underground worlds populated by INKlings, dodges opponents of both sides of a raging high-tech infowar, and engages in an affair with a beautiful librarian with a gargantuan appetite. In alternating chapters he tries to reunite with his mind and his shadow, from which he has been severed by the grim, dark "replacement" consciousness implanted in him by a dotty neurophysiologist. Both worlds share the unearthly theme of unicorn skulls that moan and glow. Murakami's fast-paced style, full of hip internationalism, slangy allegory, and intrigue, has been adroitly translated. Murakami is also author of A Wild Sheep Chase ( LJ 10/15/89); his new work is recommended for academic libraries and public libraries emphasizing serious contemporary fiction.
- D.E. Perushek, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679743464, Paperback)

Japan's most widely-read and controversial writer, author of A Wild Sheep Chase, hurtles into the consciousness of the West with this narrative about a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters--not to mention Bob Dylan and Lauren Bacall.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:33 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

The last surviving victim of an experiment that implanted the subjects' heads with electrodes that decipher coded messages is the unnamed narrator. Half the chapters are set in Tokyo, where the narrator negotiates underground worlds populated by INKlings, dodges opponents of both sides of a raging high-tech infowar, and engages in an affair with a beautiful librarian with a gargantuan appetite. In alternating chapters he tries to reunite with his mind and his shadow, from which he has been severed by the grim, dark "replacement" consciousness implanted in him by a dotty neurophysiologist. Both worlds share the unearthly theme of unicorn skulls that moan and glow.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
7 avail.
890 wanted
6 pay2 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.14)
0.5 1
1 14
1.5 8
2 47
2.5 22
3 243
3.5 108
4 670
4.5 119
5 694

Audible.com

An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 91,668,876 books! | Top bar: Always visible