Tuesday, May 01, 2012

HARUKI MURAKAMI - "Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World" - "1Q84" book review at Scene 360

1) "How could he do that?"

I'm talking of course about the HARUKI MURAKAMI book "Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World".

I've been reading it on and off, as I did with the JG BALLARD book "Crash", over an extended reading period of years. I've virtually taunted myself to finish this book (my least favourite of all the Murakami books) time after time. It's a big book with a Murakami-patented split narrative about skulls and memory or silence and encryption.

And what does the writer do with his ending of such a profound story? He has the hero turn around from a clean narrative resolution, he argues with reason and logic how he ought to finalise his narrative then he literally turns his back on it. The 3-act structure common to most western books is left unresolved.

I don't know whether I truly love or truly hate Murakami.


2) my 5/5 book review of Haruki Murakami's three-book exercise in "stark (and rivetting) mundanity" 1Q84 has just gone live at Scene 360 magazine.


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