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Words of a Bibliophile

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Alfred Birnbaum, Haruki Murakami

I thought this book was going to play out like a sci-fi movie with a little action thrown in, but the potential for action came and then quickly fizzled out. I guess I should've expected it, since the novel is mainly about the mysteries of the mind and its relation to reality. The main character, however, seems rather too accepting of the bad things that happen to him. The book is split into two alternating parts as described in the title, and it would be interesting to discuss the symbolisms in the End of the World sections and how they relate to the Hard-Boiled Wonderland parts — I wasn't really able to catch some of them.