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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
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Apr 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: i-don-t-even-know, fantasy, japanese-literature
Read from April 05 to 11, 2012

My second visit with Murakami, and I must say I haven't read a book this quickly in quite some time.

I noticed how the main character (who, like all other characters, remains unnamed and yet perfectly identifiable) seems to invoke the interest of all he comes across. Everyone gravitates toward him, strikes up a conversation, and try almost desperately to keep him around longer, which is a truly fantastic feat, especially where Japanese strangers are concerned. Perhaps he really is that charming~ who am I to say? For as much as the book totally absorbed me in, maybe it's not so unrealistic.

I really admire Murakami after this one~ dream-like, imaginative, cognitive, finding significance in the minute details one has been trained to overlook.
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