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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
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Apr 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, contemporary-fiction
Read in April, 2009

Engrossing and thrilling. A light sci-fi premise defies the laws of physics to support a massive, twisted ball of parallel universes. There are two stories in this novel, and they never meet - or never diverge. And the main character is exactly the type of sappy sarcastic bastard that I can identify with.

"I always say - a prejudice on my part, I'm sure - you can tell a lot oabout a person's character from his choice of sofa.... There are people who drive luxury cars, but have only one second- or third-rate sofas in their homes. I put little trust in such people... Procuring a good sofa requires style and experience and philosophy. It takes money, yes, but you also need a vision of the superior sofa. That sofa among sofas." (45)


"That's what the mind is. Without the mind, nothing leads anywhere." (185)


"I thought about getting a haircut before the end of the world." (302)

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