Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Tuesday Book Review


Five-star review of Hard-boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami

 Very interesting book. Two stories told alternately, each in a different setting. The unnamed protagonist of the story set in a modern Japanese city has more fantastical adventures even than the also unnamed protagonist who recently arrived in the kind of walled village that often appears in fantasies. Echoes of one story appear in the other. Both have a library and librarian, both have skulls, to be precise, unicorn skulls. Slowly but surely the relationship between the two stories becomes apparent and so does the fact that Murakami is talking about the human mind. But the writing is clear and humorous and that makes the book easy to grasp and enjoyable even when it goes into absurd science fantasy or difficult scientific concepts.   

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