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Hard-Boiled, Not Half-Baked March 12, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Books, Reviews.

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World skyrocketed Haruki Murakami to fame outside Japan, and with good reason. On one level, it is a thriller that straddles the fine line between contemporary fiction and science fiction/fantasy. On another, it is an existential treatise that explores such topics as life, consciousness, and immortality. That and it is peppered with enough of the weirdness characteristic of Japanese fiction to make it entertaining, intriguing, occasionally predictable and perhaps ultimately bittersweet. In short, it is as good a read as one can find out there right now, as difficult to describe as it is enjoyable.



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