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May meetup - 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland/The End of the World', by Haruki Murakami

  • May 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Another Murakami! :-)

Readings.com.au says:

"A narrative particle-accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami’s international following. Tracking one man’s descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy. The result is a wildly inventive fantasy and a meditation on the many uses of the mind."

The nomination runners-up were Joan Lindsay's Australian classic 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', and 'Absurdistan' by Gary Shteyngart. 

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  • Heather

    Hi guys, I'm so sorry for the late notice, but I'm going to have to cancel tonight. My brother has developed a severe migraine and needs me to take training at out karate dojo tonight, so I can't leave him in the lurch. I hope this doesn't stuff you around too much, Megan.
    It's really disappointing, as I was looking forward to hearing what everyone thought of the book! It was my first Murakami and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Magic realism is probably my favourite genre, so this was right up my alley. I'm curious to know how the interpreter affected his prose, though, as I found the writing to be a bit lacking at times and know he's used a few other interpreters for his other, more famous works. Still, I loved the two story lines and couldn't put it down once I started it, so will definitely give his others a read!
    We bought The Rosie Project on Audible yesterday, so my husband and I are looking forward to getting stuck into it and discussing it with you all next month!

    May 8, 2014

  • Tim R.

    Travelling again - I leave for Oman tonight - so won't make it to this one. However I've started reading The Rosie Project and it's excellent! So looking forward to June.

    May 7, 2014

  • Megan

    Hi all, Murakami seems like a good chance to eat tasty Japanese food! I've booked for 16 people at Sushi Masa, which is my favourite Japanese place, right in the CBD. Their food is great, authentic and affordable The restaurant is fairly small; on the plus side this means we'll probably have it mostly to ourselves. However, it will be a little cozy and will be numbers-sensitive.

    So: I've booked for 16 (current RSVPs on 1 May). Please please PLEASE update your RSVP if it changes between now and 8 May, as I will need to confirm numbers on the day with the restaurant, and extra people coming (or just plain not turning up) is going to cause problems for the rest of us, and for the venue.

    May 1, 2014

  • Mara M.

    I found this quote on my desk calendar for today. I think it could be appropriate for this month's book. "Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing enywhere along the route." Sister Elizabeth Kenny

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Colin R.

    Hi,
    I have a speech to a rotary club to give on this night now so will have to decline. Pity. I wanted to talk about this book, but there you are. There will be plenty more.
    Have already downloaded the Rosie Project. Will start reading very soon.

    April 14, 2014

  • Heather

    Hi guys, is my husband allowed to take part too (he's a bibliophile like me!)? He hasn't created a Meetup profile yet but is keen to be part of this group, so I've RSVP'd for the both of us. If not, I'll make him create a profile tonight!

    March 14, 2014

    • Megan

      Hey Heather, your husband is welcome to come along as a guest if he wants to suss us out :-) But if he's going to come along regularly, it would be good for him to have his own profile to RSVP under. Hope that helps! :-)

      1 · March 14, 2014

    • Heather

      Thank you! I'll make him sign up tonight, anyway!

      March 14, 2014

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