By Haruki Murakami
During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly artistic novel, Japan’s preferred (and debatable) fiction author hurtles into the cognizance of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the top of the area draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator within which a split-brained facts processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and diverse thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to incredible impression. What emerges is at the same time cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply critical meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.
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The instant I switched off my flashlight, the yellowish beacon riveted to a pinpoint stop. It then swung around in an arc to describe two large circles in the air. " Nonetheless, I stood poised on guard and waited for them to move. Presently, the light began to come toward me, waving through empty space like a giant glowbug coupled to a higher brain. I stared at it, right hand clutching the knife, left hand on the switched-off flashlight. The light stopped its advance scarcely three meters from me.
It was unthinkable that they, having done all that, should slip up now. The only possibility was that they had intentionally placed me in this particular situation. They wanted the elevator's motions to be opaque to me. They wanted the elevator to move so slow I wouldn't be able to tell if it were going up or down. They were probably watching me with a hidden TV camera now. To ward off the boredom, I thought about searching for the camera lens. But on second thought, what would I have to gain if I found it?
Nothing to it. Done in a flash. Three-thousand seven-hundred-fifty yen? Something was wrong. I'd made a mistake somewhere. My palms began to sweat. In three years of counting, never once had I screwed up. This was a bad sign. I shut my eyes and made my right brain and left brain a blank, in a way you might clean your glasses. Then withdrawing both hands from my pockets, I spread my fingers to dry the sweat. Like Henry Fonda in Warlock, where he steels himself before a gun fight. With palms and fingers completely dry, both hands dived into my pockets to do a third count.
Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami