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Murakami himself stated that Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is his favorite among the books he wrote. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The narrator is assigned quarters and a job as the current “Dreamreader”: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

By using this site, you agree to the Sas of Use and Privacy Policy. These “beasts” passively accept their role, sent out of the Town at night to their enclosure, where many die of cold during the winter.

Retrieved from ” https: The narrator grows to love the Librarian while he discovers the secrets of the Town, and although he plans to escape the Town with his Shadow, he later goes back on his word boiped allows his Shadow to escape the Town alone.

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Jay Rubinwho has translated many of Murakami’s later works into Englishsaid that Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is his favorite Murakami novel and that it “is just a shock after reading the black and white, autobiographical fiction that is such the norm in Japan. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Residents of the Town are not allowed to have a shadow, and, it transpires, do not have a mind.


The “end of the world” has much in common with The Castle by Franz Kafka. Write a customer review.

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A strange and dreamlike novel, its chapters alternate between two bizarre narratives—”Hard-Boiled Wonderland” a cyberpunk -like, science fiction part and “The End of the World” a virtual fantasy-like, surreal part.

He goes to the Library every evening where, assisted by the Librarian, he learns to read dreams from the skulls of unicorns.

In both narratives, none of the characters are named. First US edition cover.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Rubin interviewed Murakami several times between and and has translated several of his novels. The English translation by Alfred Birnbaum was released in According to the scientist, to the outside world this change will seem instantaneous, but in the Calcutec’s mind, his time within this world will seem almost infinite. Views Read Edit View history.

Birthday Stories The Strange Library Amazon Boilee Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The even-numbered chapters deal with a newcomer to “The End of the World”, a strange, isolated Town, depicted in the frontispiece map as being surrounded by a perfect and impenetrable wall.

The relationship between the two groups is simple: Works by Haruki Murakami.

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Murakami has often referred to his love of Western literature and particular admiration for hard-boiled pioneer Raymond Chandler. The narrator is in the process of being accepted into the Town. He works in a laboratory hidden within an anachronistic version of Tokyo’s sewer system.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: His Shadow has been “cut off” and this Shadow lives in the “Shadow Grounds” where he is not expected to survive the winter. The story is split between parallel narratives.

This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Each is instead referred to by occupation or a ded description, such as “the Librarian” or “the Big Guy. The Calcutecs work for the quasi-governmental System, as opposed to the criminal “Semiotecs” who work for the Factory and who are generally fallen Calcutecs.

The “End of the World” narrative is one of the inspirations for Yoshitoshi ABe in creating his Haibane Renmeioriginally produced as a manga and later adapted as an anime series.