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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International) Paperback – March 2, 1993
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Boy was I stunned by it. One of the best books I've read in a long time and probably one of the best novels I've read that's been written in the last 20 years.
Beautifully written (and translated) it spoke to many different sides of me. The novel brilliantly fuses a number of different cultural genres (science fiction, mystery, film noir, fantasy, magical realism, "cyberpunk") into a mix that, amazingly, works very well. Try to imagine a collaborative effort by Garcia-Marquez, William Gibson, and Walker Percy and you almost might be able to envision what this book feels like to read. Who else but a Japanese author could make such an intriguing pop culture cocktail?
Besides being a genre-bender, the premise of the book and the questions that it raises concerning the relationship between humanity and technology, the soul and the mind, and the individual and society are quite thought provoking.
Did I mention that the book is very funny at times too?
This is unlike any other book you'll ever read. Definitely worth checking out IMHO.
This novel was weird but refreshing. I thought it was pretty clever of Murakami to almost write two books in one, the first being a cyberpunk adventure and the other a strange surreal fantasy. But it worked. Don't worry, these two stories within a novel do have a purpose in being joined together, even though you might not understand all the "physics" talk when explanations are given. You get the gist of it. Harold Bloom once said that what gives a novel its lasting greatness is that it has to be strange.Read more ›
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This was my intro to Murakami. He's now one of my favorite authors.
Very visual book with interesting consepts turned into fictuous scenery.Published 8 days ago by Hokkanen Ilpo
When it comes to Murakami, I am never entirely sure where to begin my review. There is so much to say, yet also so little that can capture the quality and content of his writing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jordan
Perhaps I must read it a second time to understand how Murakami drew me in. At one point I went back to see how the novel began. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Michael L. Sternad
this is one of my all time favourite books! I LOVE it, hahaha!!
admittedly the story is not for everyone. it suits readers with a certain mix of qualities. Read more
Amazing story. Truly unique and captivating. I was sad when i finished it but look forward to his other works.Published 27 days ago by Mary Jane
I'm a huge fan of Murakami's and it may make all the difference in what order you read him in. But after reading "Wind Up Bird Chronicle" first, everything else he's... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jason M Lustig
Murakami has a beautiful way of writing that richly paints a portrait that elicits tone, theme, and emotion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lauren Sharp