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Haruki Murakami Writing Styles in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Point of View

The novel is related from the first-person, limited, point-of-view by two distinct narrators who each develop a related but distinct narrative subtext. The principle timelines of the two narrative subtexts are roughly equivalent and span a period of several days. Events in the two narrative structures occur generally contemporaneously with each other and the two principle narrators—the Narrator and the Dreamreader—are in fact two aspects of a single individual's consciousness. This has a curious effect on the narrative structure in that the second narrative development, presented in the even-numbered chapters, details the experiences of a narrator who is in fact omniscient because he is the actual creator of the entire setting; however, the act of creation was subconscious and the narrator therefore erroneously perceives himself as possessed of limited vision.

The point of view utilized is highly appropriate to the novel and...

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