Information is everything in Hard-boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine to create a novel that is surreal, beautiful, thrilling and extraordinary.
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Strange characters. strange story. lots going on but no real point to anything. it did keep me interested to anything the end though.
sometimes Mr murakami tells incredible stories and sometimes he rambles incoherently. either that or there are important nuances lost in the translation from Japanese to English. this was a very bizarre, very disjointed, and at times moderately misogynistic story about a guy losing his mind. I don't know, maybe I just missed the brilliant part, but it's definitely not a favorite.
Quite an unusual story. I don't know what to make of it, as a matter of fact. I've re-read the last chapter and the story is still very opaque to me. Kind of seems like a metaphor for mental illness.
Definitely. I got forced into reading this book by a book club - I hate sci-fi, or anything "not real," this however transcended genres and felt like a fun adventure that constantly was making me think.
I liked how real and relatable the main character felt.
Hearing the two different reading styles was a constant reminder of what world you were in. Helpful and also creative
I liked the shadow - he was sassy.
Loved this book!
Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.
I liked Hard-Boiled Wonderland more than the End of the World. What I liked least about it was the typical "oh I'm so literary let me write about a bunch of superfluous sex because that's how you know I'm literary" bullshit Murakami pulls.
Not more Murakami.
They were competent performances.
Sure. I mean, Murakami isn't a terrible writer, he's just not as good as some people. This is a good story, but not a great one.
Yet more fantasy fiction that has pretensions to literacy. Which is fine. As far as stories go, this one was not terrible, but not exactly great either. The narrative structure was fairly cool, and there were some great scenes, but overall Murakami was being his usual slightly-better-than-mediocre self.
I love Murakami. I think this is up there with The Wind up Bird Chronicle for me. Having two actors read each voice made the distinction between them even more stark, one sounded young and modern and the other older and more solemn. How the mystery of both parallel worlds unfolds and the descriptions are totally riveting. Had a surreal experience running at dawn through a park as the second narrator described the Town and the unicorns, I felt like I could see the scene in front of me as the sun began to tint the sky and the trees. Not your typical novel and go for a runner
It may not be Murakami's best but it has moments of classic Murakami strangeness and a consistent vision. Dual narration is an interesting choice but would have been better with Rupert Degas doing both characters.
I liked the idea of 2 narrators but one of them was just too much. Felt like he overpowered the story.
unexpected original storyline...and unicorns...everything I never knew I wanted...great book I highly recommend to those looking for a journey in Japan and the end of the world
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