hardboiled wonderland and the end of the world

May 25, 2006 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

and so i have successfully reached the end of the world.

or rather, 

i have just finished reading murakami's hardboiled wonderland and the end of the world.

and the novel ends at the end of the world.


before i begin my review, i just want to talk about the strange manner in which i am slowly but surely acquiring a small murakami shrine at home.

i started off a long time ago wanting to read norwegian wood.

so i went to the local foreign bookstores in search of norwegian wood.

but alas it was out of stock.

so instead i acquired kafka on the shore.

which i liked very much too.

and then i thought, hey, maybe i should get acquainted with kafka too.

and so i popped by the local foreign bookstore again in search of a kafka book.

i bought metamorphosis and it has since been gathering an inchthick of dust on my cluttered desk at home.

so i decided it's not working, i should seek out norwegian wood once again.

and so i went to the bookstore in search of norwegian wood and this book which i needed as a prop.

i left the bookstore with the prop book 

as well as hardboiled wonderland and the end of the world.

and that's how i acquired the book and my soon-to-grow murakami shrine.

on to the review.

i liked it very much indeed.

but some parts really lost me, like when the professor started to explain in (pseudo) scientific/mathematical/theoretical/biological jargon what his brain functions were like, i must admit, i must have gotten lost in the 3 switches that made up his brain functions.

but it was beautiful, how murakami described the workings of the mind.

and it was beautiful, the analogies to life.

i also liked how he talked about our shadows, heavy and burdensome, sharing portions of our memories with us, having "mind", and chaining us to the ground.

i also liked the "perfect" world where there is "everything" and "nothing" all at the same time.

and i think that end of the world is somewhere utopian where we sometimes dream of, think of, imagine, but never really dare to live in forever.

because we can't relinquish "mind" and memories.

and hardboiledwonderland shared the same narrative structure as kafka on the shore.

two parts of the book written in alternate chapters, two worlds finally coincide and collide such that the two parts become a cohesive whole again.

after conquering kundera, i shall now seek to conquer murakami.

next up, norwegian wood.


PS: i wish i could end off with some quotes from the book but i have unfortunately left it in the office. will post some other time.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. maicie  |  May 25, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    kafka’s metamorphosis sounds familiar. think it was used as a lit text for yr3/yr4 lit majors in nus.


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