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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Themes

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The dominant theme of the novel deals with an investigation into the nature of consciousness. Indeed, the novel's two narrative threads are constructed entirely around the theme. The odd-numbered chapters detail the experiences of the Narrator as he lives out the last several days of his life. The even-numbered chapters detail the experiences through the altered perception of the Dreamreader. It is interesting to note how many elements in the two narrative threads occur more-or-less simultaneously. For example, as the Narrator sings a particular song in Tokyo, the Dreamreader is suddenly able to recall the note sequence of a song—the two songs are of course the same melody. While the Narrator feeds birds in a Tokyo part, the Dreamreader watches birds in the woods. Additionally, as the Narrator sits in a rented car on the Tokyo waterfront and slips into the sleep of...

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