Wirklich real sieht keine der beiden Welten aus. Das hard-boiled Wonderland stellt Tokyo in einer fernen Zukunft dar. Beide Parteien agieren wenig zimperlich, wenn es um das Erreichen ihrer Ziele geht. Um den Shuffel-Prozess zu starten, muss er sich eine bestimmte Wortkombination in Erinnerung rufen. Die zweite spielt in einer ganz anderen Welt. Hier gibt es keine verfeindeten Organisationen, die mit Gewalt gegeneinander intrigieren.
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Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in fight, searching the skies for dreams. I was never able to quite connect with the characters or the plot on an emotional level. Part of the problem is that Murakami attempts to blend so many different literary genres and only partially succeeds here. Is this a hard-boiled detective novel, or a sci-fi novel? Is it a romance novel or dystopian fiction? And, to make matters more confusing, Murakami threw some fantasy in here for good measure, along with a dash of cold war spy thrillers.
Another issue with the Hard-Boiled Wonderland portion of the book, are the random references to Western culture sprinkled throughout the book. References are made to films, film stars and musicians for no reason other than to reference them. These references do nothing to further the story in any way, yet paragraphs and even pages are given over to them. So was Murakami.
And yet, this book is fascinating. I could not put it down. Murakami promises much in this work. And, to be honest, he delivers much. Perhaps too much. And we do end up at venturing to the end of the world. Along the way we encounter unicorns, gangsters, mad scientists, chubby girls clad in pink, subterranean monsters, seductive librarians, dream readers, mysterious forests, and the hallucinogenic effects of music between the mind and the sub-conscious mind.
There is tremendous interest his manhood and it keeps popping up at the most inconvenient moments. Where Murakami best succeeds is with the End of the World portion of the book. In this world people surrender their shadows, extract and read dreams and live in fear of a mysterious wall.
Yet even in this drab world, the characters we encounter are no less colorful. Upon finishing the book I was bothered with the lack of an ending. Characters disappeared for no reason. Plots were dropped as quickly as they appeared. The book was overwritten and in need of editing, and still the ending was rushed. This was only my third Murakami, and second full-length novel of his. So, I am still quite new to his work. While I found the book to be utterly fascinating, I am certain it is far from his best work.
In the end, I do recommend this book. Even second rate Murakami is better than many writers best efforts.
Hard-boiled Wonderland und das Ende der Welt – Haruki Murakami
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Hard-boiled Wonderland und das Ende der Welt