Review: Haruki Murakami’s “The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”

by writereaderly

Warning: Cover dysphoria!

Warning: Cover dysphoria!

From the range offered on the Unread Bookshelf, this seemed to be the furthest opposite to my last read on all fronts. An earlier Murakami, it reads as twin, interleaved novels — the sci-futurism of the Wonderland and the mysterious utopia of the End of the World — until you and the characters become aware of their interconnections. Quirky, tightly plotted, generically (as in ’genre’) witty duplications, I’d go for ’bizarre’ and ’interesting’, and even recommend it. Lucky the slightly ’artistic’ (read: autistic) hero had those librarians to save him from assorted fates worse than death; it’s a wonder this book hasn’t become a banner for the profession.

Where it came from: Opshop
Time and manner of reading:
A couple of days of generally intrigued reads
Where it went: Farm bookshelf
Reminds me of/that: Borges, Boris Vian, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas
Who I
d recommend it to: Seekers of the curious and philosophical
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley