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  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

I've decided the word for Murakami's books is "atmospheric." Like with A Wild Sheep Chase, all of the final scenes became incredibly vivid for me, and I just felt totally immersed. It was fantastic. Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Compelling at times, tedious at others (especially in the pseudo-scientific explanations), Murakami's writing is at least rarely boring. His novels always get me to thinking and I had a very intense dream while reading it. Worth a read if you like Murakami. 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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Author Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949 in Kyoto, Japan, and most of his youth was spent in Kobe. Murakami's parents both taught Japanese literature. Murakami studied at Tokyo's Waseda University. He opened a coffeehouse/jazz bar in the capital called Peter Cat with his wife, Yoko. He later turned to writing full time following the publication of his first novel in 1979, Hear the Wind Sing. Murakami received national recognition for Norwegian Wood and is considered by many to be an important figure in postmodern literature. His fiction is described as humorous and surreal, and the themes of alienation and loneliness are often present in his works. Several of his stories have been adapted for the stage and as films. Murakami has also written nonfiction, including works dealing with the Aum Shinrikyo subway gas attack, as well as a collection of essays about his marathon and triathlon experiences, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. He has translated into Japanese literature written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, Truman Capote, John Irving, and Paul Theroux. Murakami has received numerous literary awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize for his novel Kafka on the Shore and the Yomiuri Prize for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. In January 2009 Murakami received the Jerusalem Prize. His title 1Q84 made Publisher's Weekly best seller list for 2011.

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