Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
The narrator, like the narrator of A Wild Sheep Chase, is a mensch--an ordinary fellow aspiring to decency and self-respect, an individual laboring under the illusion of free will. Information is the key to this society in this unnerving tale of technological espionage, brain-wave tampering, and... show more
The narrator, like the narrator of A Wild Sheep Chase, is a mensch--an ordinary fellow aspiring to decency and self-respect, an individual laboring under the illusion of free will. Information is the key to this society in this unnerving tale of technological espionage, brain-wave tampering, and science-fictional fear and loathing.
Publish date: November 17th 2010
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Asian Literature
, Magical Realism
, Japanese Literature
In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan’s most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a de...
Eh, I use the tags "science fiction" and "fantasy" very loosely with this novel. As with all of Murakami's works, it skirts the edge of this and that. It is difficult to follow if you are not paying attention, moreso when you are trying to pay attention to an audiobook as it turns out. There are t...
An early and not very good work by Mr. Murakami. Everything is here to see what he would later do, but this fell flat for me. An easy and straight forward story to read but if you are not up for insight into existential thought it may not be right for you.
I thought this book was going to play out like a sci-fi movie with a little action thrown in, but the potential for action came and then quickly fizzled out. I guess I should've expected it, since the novel is mainly about the mysteries of the mind and its relation to reality. The main character, ho...
The first HM book that didn't draw me in and engage me. It has that familiar weird charm and hey this book even has an ending that I'm going to pass as a satisfying resolution (Murakami is often happy to leave loose ends reeeaaallly loose).I still really enjoyed HM's writing and it kept me intereste...