Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Murakami
OK, I"m implementing a moratorium on murakami for the next year. This one was good. It wasn't great, and the genera wasn't quite me. I like science fiction, but this was a little to much more me. INKlings living under the city, muting all sound, encrypting information by running it through your subconscious... all a little extreme.
The story is fairly straight forward. It seems to be two separate stories being told in alternating chapters, but it's really the mans conscious and subconscious self living simultaneously. The main character is written well, but all supporting characters lack any depth at all. His girlfriend, the scientists he works for, the daughter of the scientists (yes, yet ANOTHER underage object of desire... oh Murakami...), all have only one purpose to the story. They fill that role well, but there is nothing more to them as people living in the same world.
And, the ending was a bit disappointing. You're told how the story will end maybe 100 pages from the end, and there are no more surprises. It ends exactly how you expect it to. This is why it took me two months to read just the end... yawn.
So yes, Murakami is a good writer, and I generally like his plot lines. This one was just a bit off for me and a break is needed.