Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

  • Started on: 2011-03-13
  • Finished on: 2011-03-15
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): Magical Realism


One of the more weird Murakami’s I have read, this book is more science fiction than surrealism/magic realism. The concept is very theoretical, very fantastical, but the story was very enjoyable. The book contains two stories, told in alternating chapters. In one story the main character is working with data, encrypting it with his mind. He meets a professor and the assignment he is one turns out to be the strangest and most life changing yet. In the other, the main character is trapped in a town, and he doesn’t really know what happened and how he got there. In the end, the two stories meet.
A very cool and unique story, I really liked it all, the writing, the premise, the characters. Another great book by Murakami.