A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim Science fiction, detective story and post modern manifesto all rolled into one rip roaring novel, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami s international follo A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim Science fiction, detective story and post modern manifesto all rolled into one rip roaring novel, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami s international following Tracking one man s descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan unicorn skulls and voracious librarians John Coltrane and Lord Jim Science fiction detective story and post mod
This is your brain an egg This is your brain on Murakami an egg sprouting arms and legs and attempting to hump other eggs while doing the Electric Slide and attempting to save the world to a killer soundtrack If you like Murakami, you ll like it, although it doesn t blend the two twisted sides of Murakami s writing as well as a book like Norwegian Wood or Kafka on the Shore In each of those novels, the reader gets transitions within chapters, and his talents for myth telling in both the mystical [...]
Maybe you ve heard it said before in every joke there is a grain of truth Well, as many of you may remember, I ve been known to pick on Jay Rubin now and again for what I perceive to be his clunky translations of Murakami s flawless prose Because it couldn t possibly be that Haruki is a clunky writer Get that thought out of your head right now So I like to kid poor Jay and make him the scapegoat, but the I think about it, the validity I find in my little quips You see, dear reader, MY top thre [...]
And I couldn t be any other self but my self Could I There is always a possibility.In the summer of 1962, a poet wrote a song that would later become the last hymn to be heard as the end of the world approached That is the song I chose to be my companion while writing another non review a song that is being followed closely by the mellifluous gusts of wind that break the silence of this monochromatic night Being my first Murakami, quite frankly, I didn t know what to expect This is, without a do [...]
Whew, blew me away The influences from Orwell and Kafka are clearly here Existential meditations, amazingly imaginative, the multitude of interesting and important thoughts that can sprout from the reader s mind The whole thing is pure genius That s the way it is with the mind Nothing is ever equal Like a river, as it flows, the course changes with the terrain Typically, Murakami works his way through your subconscious, toying with recognitions of the past and future, in that magical state much [...]
This is a complex novel, one that required two reads for me It tells two stories in alternating chapters In the first we meet a mild mannered data processor, only all his processing is done inside his head See he can do this thing, or he had this thing done to him that allows him to access both hemispheres of his brain simultaneously yet separately He gets recruited for some top secret government project led by some mad scientist type, who lives holed up in a cave under a waterfall with his buxo [...]
In the unlikely event that Haruki Murakami s name on the cover is not in some way a quality label to you, guaranteeing profoundly outlandish scenarios and magic, he threw in the term wonderland to make sure everyone knew what to expect Does the story deliver on all the promises this wonderful title embodies Yes.I decided to re visit this book after having read it around 3 years ago before my reviewing habit kicked in because I remembered it being an instant favorite but didn t remember why exact [...]
Right BrainUpon the fields, yet of no snow,frolic an acquiescence we yet to sow,brilliant beasts, their golden fleece ready to unfurl,trod this place, the end of the world.Upon this fantasy, comes one of twounnamed narrators who works in lieuof status, volition vagueness washes his mind,all Kafkaesque, he becomes a dream reading blind.On a lost elevator in the counterpart planeall events are concurrent and faintly the same the dyadic complement of the twin consciousis a tech savvy tokyoite obses [...]
The Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World gets my vote the most unique and frustrating book in the Murakami catalog I got the feeling that there s a little bit of the fan in Murakami in this text his love of PK Dick, Vonnegut, etc seems present, and I imagine passages of the book were great fun to write as a tribute, if you will, to his influences However, the cold, metallic neurophysiology, whether accurate or not I don t know much about brain chemistry, so I can t say one way or the [...]
You re taking a shower Two streams fall onto you at the same time One stream is cold and revitalizing while the other is hot and soothing One s heat fills the room with a foggy mist while the other clears your head driving it awake with its coldness Each one supplements the other and the effect creates an experience complete than had the two not been together An icy torrent showing how crystal clear things are, and a scorching torrent enveloping things with a blanket of moisture, both drive tog [...]
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I m sorry this one didn t get on my radar sooner It s quintessential Murakami, blending genres in his signature weird and wonderful way fantasy, sci fi, noir, fable, magical realism This novel from 1985 gives us a dystopia and a utopia for the price of one In the former, our unnamed, thirty something male protagonist works as a contracted Calcutec in Tokyo, a human encrypting device for the sanctioned espionage group, the System Their main enemy in the Infowar are the Semiotecs, which serve the [...]
I d previously read two Haruki Murakami novels, A Wild Sheep Chase, and After Dark, his earliest and most recent that have been translated into English, respectively After hearing about how he was one of Japan s most beloved authors, I was really underwhelmed by those two offerings Sheep was almost too bizarre to really appreciate, and After Dark was short and enjoyable, but nothing special After reading Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, however, I suddenly Got It.The title refers [...]
This is an OK Murakami My 8th and still counting I will always admire his imagination, creativity and passion in writing He will always be in my Top 10 Favorite Novelists list But I am rating this as an OK book Not my favorite Murakami The reason It just did not excite me.Since I became an voracious reader and that happened partly because of , I only religiously watch two shows news whichever I catch upon coming back home at night and American Idol Reading Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of t [...]
Glass eyed, marbled prison stare,Functionless form that with willWould coldly rend limb from limb.Toothy gates, e er sealed againstWhat would gnash and tear, stronglyAflow with the crimson bloodOf a savaged savage god.Dooby, dooby, do.No exit, the maze.The jazz, it plays.Dress yes, no stays.Eat meat, greens graze.Tunnel tied dust interludes abound.Fat girl wrangled.Grandpa mangled.Outside dangled.Inside strangled.Such are the days when the spring winds down.
keep in touch twitter vivliovision Some books are fast and some are slow, but no book can be understood if it is taken at the wrong speed Mark Van Doren enpedia wiki Mark_Van Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is captivating novel comprised of two disparate narratives, which bleed into each other The gradual convergence of these story lines, although it does not exactly pull an attentive reader up short, does have some dramatic effect on the perception of the story as a whole In oth [...]
I cannot provide a succinct and excellent summary of the plot of Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World than Michael has provided Nor would I wish to try to describe the plot It is classic Murakami, which means that several disparate elements are fused together in a surreal totality that somehow works This may have to do with the mind s attempt to fuse together disjointed pieces, filling in any logical gaps with its own concoctions, than the intention of the writer Yes, Murakami suppl [...]
Each time I read a Murakami novel, I realise just how much I love him By far my favourite author, I adore the lengths he goes to to describe everything in precise detail His books are definitely made to be read slowly and to savour so that you can drink in all of the minute details There is no other author who writes in such a beautiful way, sometimes you can go for pages and pages with nothing really happening but you read on as the writing is incredible Such a unique author I will never ever g [...]
Eh What the hell was that My first thought upon finishing this, my first Murakami book A few hours later it hit me like a delayed reaction that I just read something very cool In retrospect Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is no weirder than something like PKD s Ubik or China Mi ville s The City and the City but it does have its own brand of weirdness and whimsy The plot and narrative style of this book is like a combination of PKD s reality bending shenanigan, Neil Gaiman s whims [...]
A hard one to sum up it s futuristic and surreal with two separate threads that eventually come together to make a cohesive whole It took me a while to get into it but I did eventually warm to the characters in both storylines told in alternating chapters and I found the ending skilfully crafted and satisfying With Murakami you re not always sure where it s all going, but the journey s always an interesting one.If I were to liken it to anything I ve read before it would be Man in the Dark, in th [...]
Illustration by E K HarperTerminei O Impiedoso Pa s das Maravilhas e o Fim do Mundo uma viagem fant stica a dois mundos e a duas narrativas que se desenvolvem em paralelo e em cap tulos alternados, percorrendo cen rios futuristas e fantasmag ricos, repletos de s mbolos e simbologias.Uma escrita perfeita, l mpida e po tica, inventiva e alucinante, com m ltiplas refer ncias m sica, literatura, filosofia, ci ncia, ao cinema e a tudo o que a imagina o ilimitada do Haruki Murakami abrange Sonhos e me [...]
Unicorni , mura invalicabili Tokyo, caos e vite parallele Questo rappresenta il romanzo di Murakami, tra il fantasy e il romanzo realistico Immersi in atmosfere oniriche , personaggi paradossali , paesi strani e creature bizzarre La storia scorre su due binari , il primo mondo il paese delle meraviglie che in realt rappresenta la grande Tokyo Troviamo il protagonista, senza nome , che svolge la mansione di Cibermatico ed a causa di questo lavoro che verr coinvolto in una folle ricerca sottoterra [...]
Some people, myself included, just don t completely get Murakami His storytelling style is in turns psychedelic and wildly unrestrained, but also carefully directed It works for some people, and it falls miserably short for others There is so much contention on what Murakami s best and worst novels are One person will claim one novel completely turned him off Murakami, while others will point to that same novel as what drew them to Murakami in the first place.What I can really draw from all the [...]
Stepped at times past the wavering border of absurdity for me Most of the time Murakami hangs onto just enough plausibility and his brew shines and goes down smooth That old Murakami magic I wait for, that unexplained lucidity rising to the surface But this time he barely missed I rooted for him, out loud Come on baby you can do it you re almost there pull me into the story When a writer like him barely misses a lot of pieces shatter on the floor and it becomes work for me to paste them together [...]
A story to remember Murakami is a great storyteller I thoroughly enjoyed his two parrallel narratives He makes the unbelievable, believable I don t even care that after finishing the novel, he leaves me with the feeling that I need to reread this book once or twice to fully understand and appreciate it.
STORY Golden Beasts Calcutecs Dream readers Breached encryption systems Consciousness Sentient Shadows Unconsciousness Scientists Libido Infra nocturnal Kappas End of the World Is this making sense yet WRITING STYLE No That s OK I didn t think so either It s guess it s supposed to be bizarre and surreal I have to give it to the man, though Murakami is the only writer so far to hold my interest while simultaneously throwing me in the middle of a lab maze I ll certainly read from him if only to g [...]
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My last status update for this book claimed that it redeemed itself in the end, but I m having second thoughts about that, hence the 2 star rating.My two stars should not put anyone else off this It s a reflection of the sense of disappointment I have overall when something doesn t live up to its early promise In some ways, an average book that turns out to be average has an advantage over a high potential book that disappoints Since this is my first Murakami, the 2 star rating also doesn t ref [...]
I have a long history with Murakami I first read him about eleven years ago I read The Elephant Vanishes, and loved it Then I read a couple I don t remember the order Dance Dance Dance, A Wild Sheep Chase, South of the Border West of the Sun, maybe a couple I loved them all Then I tried Wind Up Bird Chronicles and I just hit a wall I had finally overdosed on Murakami I couldn t get into it no matter how I tried, even though I didn t see anything objectively wrong with the book It was just as g [...]
I m speechless, and I can bet professor didn t cut my sound off, but that s a whole other story, except that it actually isn t.This is Murakami at his best I ve now read the majority of his major works, being this, doubtlessly, his foremost Well, I won t lie, saying that I didn t roll my eyes out of exasperation and annoyance whilst reading the first chapters with all of these particularly unfamiliar characters The basic thoughts of oh my god not this I m a middle aged guy caught in the middle o [...]