Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami's deep dive into the very nature of consciousness.
Across two parallel narratives, Murakami draws readers into a mind-bending universe in which Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is a novel that is at once hilariously funny and a deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.
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by Haruki Murakami
"This audio version of Murakami's 1991 dystopian novel is extremely welcome, even if not completely successful. Murakami is aiming for a mash-up of futurist and fantasy tales, narrated by a nameless and mostly emotionless "Calcutech" worker who has been scientifically altered (he discovers halfway through the story) so that he can perform a mysterious computerlike function called data shuffling. It appears that he is the experiment of a brilliant rogue scientist who claims to be trying to save the world with the help of his plump, pink-garbed granddaughter. The level of Murakami's invention is dazzling, but the characters, intentionally robbed of memory and passion, leave Kirby Heyborne little choice but to play them as bland and flat, even in terrifying jeopardy. You see the problem. B.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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