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Only hard at the beginning
on 4 September 2015
As a huge Murakami fan, I'm disposed to think of him as a genius who can do no wrong. Initially, this novel left me fazed, not knowing what was happening and what I should think about it. Certainly, it is confusing - no names, no background, just strange happenings. Hm.
I persevered. 'Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World' unfolds and repays the reader for their perseverence. We have a dual narrative, short chapters that propel the reader forward and keep one guessing and speculating. The usual personality quirks of the male character are on show, love of jazz and 60s music, food, intriguing and intelligent women, ennui and lack of direction.
Though not of the first rank of Murakami's writing, the gathering pace and grasp of plot, of a narrative on today's society, are compelling. I'm convinced that fans will enjoy this novel, but please do persevere. It's worth it