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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

My favorite Murakami book

Although Windup Bird Chronicles is better known, I enjoyed this book much more. There are parallel stories here, told by story-tellers with different voices (or is it one story-teller?). Uncertainty here is well worth the mental effort to work things out. If you're con...
Although Windup Bird Chronicles is better known, I enjoyed this book much more. There are parallel stories here, told by story-tellers with different voices (or is it one story-teller?). Uncertainty here is well worth the mental effort to work things out. If you're confused at first, press on! This is a quick read, and ultimately, a satisfying one.

I would recommend any of Murakami's books. I understand there is another to be released quite soon. I can hardly wait!

posted by UgandaJim on June 18, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

desirable addition to any science fiction collection

Haruki Murakami, one of Japan's most popular writers and author of A wild Sheep Chase, pits man against mind in a tale of two parallel worlds, one devoid of 'self', the other trapped by its demands. As the two stories develop they gradually reveal a degree of interdepe...
Haruki Murakami, one of Japan's most popular writers and author of A wild Sheep Chase, pits man against mind in a tale of two parallel worlds, one devoid of 'self', the other trapped by its demands. As the two stories develop they gradually reveal a degree of interdependence perhaps unexpected. The narrator is a middle-aged man, post family and divorced, led on a journey of self-actualization. Due to the sole success of an experimental program installed in his brain that can safeguard data, he finds himself a pawn in a complex power play for the key to this invaluable technology. Life as he knows it takes on new meanings as he comes to terms with an End of the World scenario. Murakami creates an accessible and entertaining vehicle to pose the question of one's influence over our own memories, desires, and our external world of 'reality'. The superficial symbols of pop-culture, treks through dark underground tunnels, and age-old myths the likes of unicorns and walled cities often invoke parallels of a political rather than psychological nature impeding on the story's ability to create a truly deep exploration of the quest for self. On the whole, it is a desirable addition to any science fiction collection.

posted by Anonymous on March 6, 2001

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