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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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Murakami's lightning prose more than sustains the elaborate plot of this thriller, set in a Tokyo of the near future.
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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.” –The Washington Post Book World
“He has become the foremost representative of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical, highly stylized, set at the juncture of cyberpunk, postmodernism, and hard-boiled detective fiction. . . . Murakami [is] adept at deadpan wit, outrageous style.” –Los Angeles Times Magazine
“Fantastical, mysterious, and funny . . . a fantasy world that might have been penned by Franz Kafka.” –Philadelphia Inquirer
“Rich in action, suspense, odd characters and unexpected trifles . . . [a] provocative work.” –The Atlantic
“Murakami’s gift is for ironic observations that hint at something graver. . . . He is wry, absurd, and desolate.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review
“[A] mix of American fun and Japanese dread.” –Esquire
“An intertwining DNA model of seemingly contrary elements . . . a combination of Kafka’s castle, Borges’s library, and the Prisoner’s TV village.” –Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Off the wall . . . hilariously bizarre . . . splendid . . . a remarkable book . . . Alfred Birnbaum . . . has captured the crazed, surreal feel of Murakami’s Japanese.” –The Times (London)
“His novels . . . are set on fast-forward: raucous, slangy, irreverent.” –Details
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I'm 76. I've worked for almost forty years with dying folks and those experiencing catastrophic loss. These last few years my fairly constant companion, death, has come intimately into my own life. Dear ones, close, have died. And I too have little deaths often, as my body, and worse, my mind loses this, that, and sometimes the other thing.
So I began the book examining my own grief and mulling through the past, balancing, opening, letting go.
As I read, each chapter seemed to keep pace with my moment, sometimes leading, sometimes following. I spend so much of my time speaking to balance and rhythm as it relates to lifecycles. And here I was in a gentle dance with the words, the specifics of story and memory, and a sense, somehow, of healing.
As with all of his books, I hated for the words to end. But this time, I felt not a sense of loss as I read the last line, but a feeling of peace.
I would like to thank Haruki Murakami for all his books, but would especially like for him to know how powerfully "Hard-Boiled-Wonderland At The End Of The World" interacted and affected my moment.
About my individual reading, I am a third year in college duel majoring in philosophy and international literary and visual studies. From my studies, I have grown especially fond of Murakami's work. It is particularly unique-- a real snapshot of Japanese modern fantasy undertoned by a sort of commentary on western idealism.
In the end, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is perhaps my favorite of Murakami's work (I've read most of them). It truly represents Murakami's style. Murakami's masterful use of imagery, symbolism, and metaphor makes for a great reading. The supernatural elements of the work are just as great and fantastical as you are probably imagining.