Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 17, 2011 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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 deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.

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I rarely read fiction, much less "non-realistic" fiction, but I was taken with this book. His descriptions are compelling, and the book was mesmerizing, even if I had to get over the fact that nothing exactly made sense. Read full review

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A few months ago if I anyone has said to me that I would get huge enjoyment and a whole lot of things to mull over in my mind from a book where I did not really understand what was going on for at ... Read full review

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