Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 17, 2010 - 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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User Review  - Estramir - LibraryThing

I've read 14 Murakami's to date, this is probably my favourite. It has all the familiar elements, lots of beer drinking, cooking, and music, an 'average Joe' central character who is slightly lost ... Read full review

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User Review  - yvonnea - LibraryThing

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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Contents

Elevator Silence Overweight
1
Golden Beasts
12
Rain Gear INKlings Laundry
18
The Library
37
Tabulations Evolution Sex Drive
44
Shadow
58
Skull Lauren Bacall Library
66
The Colonel
83
Holes Leeches Tower
230
Shadow Grounds
242
Meal Elephant Factory Trap
250
Power Station
275
Encyclopedia Wand Immortality Paperclips
282
Musical Instruments
291
Lake Masatomi Kondo Panty Hose
297
Hole
313

Appetite Disappointment Leningrad
89
The Wall
106
A Map of the End of the World
117
Frankfurt Door Independent Operants
124
Woods
143
Whiskey Torture Turgenev
152
The Coming of Winter
167
End of the World Charlie Parker
174
Dreamreading
182
The Death of the Beasts
199
Bracelets Ben Johnson Devil
204
Gray Smoke
222
Fares Police Detergent
319
Shadow in the Throes of Death
330
RainyDay Laundry Car Rental Bob Dylan
337
Skulls
347
Nail Clippers Butter Sauce Iron Vase
353
Accordion
366
Lights Introspection Cleanliness
371
Escape
379
Popcorn Lord Jim Extinction
387
Birds
397
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Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese writer. His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Jerusalem Prize, among others. Murakami's fiction is humorous and surreal, focusing on themes of alienation and loneliness. He is considered an important figure in postmodern literature. The Guardian praised Murakami as "among the world's greatest living novelists" for his works and achievements. Murakami is the author of 1Q84, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Men Without Women and many more.

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