By Haruki Murakami
During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly creative novel, Japan’s most well-liked (and arguable) fiction author hurtles into the cognizance of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the tip of the realm draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator within which a split-brained information processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and numerous thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to amazing impact. What emerges is at the same time cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply severe meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.
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