let’s review: hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world

hard-boiled“But like a boat with a twisted rudder, I kept coming back to the same place. I wasn’t going anywhere. I was myself, waiting on the shore for me to return.”

I finally read a full-length Murakami and I’m not sure why I didn’t read one sooner. All the rumors are true: Murakami spins out incredibly inventive stories with radical writing and mind-bending musings, leaving the reader with the fuse of his idea-bulbs still burning bright. In Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, an ambidextrous-brained high-tech data processor, the unnamed narrator, is taken to a subterranean headquarters in the flipside of Tokyo to complete a top-secret data-scrambling mission for an old neurophysiology professor. What follows is a wildly imagined, vividly dreamy trip down a rabbit hole of unicorn skulls, dreamreading, hungry librarians, shadow separation, Bob Dylan staring at the rain, and the quest for a satisfied mind. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World explores themes of duplicity and reckoning with back-and-forth possibilities and wholly innovative narratives that are so bizarre yet altogether lovely, like reading a dream from which I do not wish to wake.

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