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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
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Feb 03, 09

Recommended to Artnoose by: Pittsburgh dystopian science fiction club
Read in January, 2009, read count: 1

This is the first book I've read for my dystopic science fiction book club. I'm not sure if I enjoyed it so much because it's amazing or if it just resonated with me at this moment, like the sound of a dream being tapped out of a unicorn skull.

It took me over half the book to realize that this is really two books in one, each one with a different running header (a term introduced to me by my housemate). I do like books that jump back and forth, whether between stories or in time. These ones start as seemingly disparate narratives that come closer and closer to each other as the book progresses.

Is there an alternate world created by your unconscious mind? Is such a closed system even possible? And if so, what would it look like?

And if you had twenty-two hours left to live, what would you do?

favorite quote, page 392:
"Fairness is a concept that holds only in limited situations. Yet we want the concept to extend to everything, in and out of phase. From snails to hardware stores to married life. Maybe no one finds it, or even misses it, but fairness is like love. What is given has nothing to do with what we seek."
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01/30/2009 page 124
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Jim Hi Noose,
I love this book. I've read short story and novel Murakami has written, with the exception of his first two novels not commercially available in English. If you want to borrow any of them let me know, because they are all sitting on my bookshelf.
Jim


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