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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage… (original 1985; edition 1993)

by Haruki Murakami

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Title:Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International)
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Info:Vintage (1993), Paperback, 416 pages
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (1985)

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If only the INKlings were in it more! ( )
  LisaFoxRomance | Apr 6, 2014 |
Complex and strange. ( )
  alienhard | Mar 26, 2014 |
This was a beautiful book. Murakami seems to write hyperfiction without the links and nodes and all the rest. However, I may be biased in reading him this way, since I discovered him through a hyperfictioneer (like a Mousketeer without the benefit of the cool hat).
But this book has all the elegiac tones I tend to associate with hyperfiction, and is funny and imaginative and is a real trip.
I loved his characters, especially the main character, who, from the very start, was entertaining, different, and the situations into which he was thrust a great ride. ( )
  mhanlon | Feb 17, 2014 |
Murakami's book basically is two stories with alternating chapters. The first is a futuristic, high-tech (hard boiled!) still somehow mystic crime-chase story. The other is a strange story of a city rounded by a high, impermeable wall, where the citizens have no shadow. The two storylines remain separate through the book but at the end it turns out that the outer and the inner world are the same nevertheless. Password: unicorn. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Feb 14, 2014 |
Murakami continues to awe me with his imagination and ability to allow his readers to suspend reality and be immersed in his world. This is perhaps the most complex of this author’s writings that I’ve read to date...it required me to read the first 50 or so pages twice to get the gist of the story which is actually two stories in one told in alternating chapters, which, with perfect sense, mesh beautifully at the end. I absolutely loved this book but if you have a literal mind that requires everything to mirror total reality (whatever that is) stay away from this book as you probably won’t enjoy it. ( )
  mlbelize | Jan 27, 2014 |
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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.
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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.
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Birnbaum, AlfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The elevator continued its impossibly slow ascent.
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But on the phenomenological level, this world is only one out of countless possibillities. As you create memories, you're creatin' a parallel world
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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
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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.

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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)

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