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“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
Presently I am 2/3 of the way into this book having read well over 1000 pages. At this point I am struggling to finish . What started out to be so intriguing and fresh, has become frustratingly slow and extremely repetitive . I feel this story would benefit greatly from some major editing. As the story progresses I feel instead of thickening, the plot becomes more and more diluted .
Without a doubt there is some very imaginative writing here. The author has a real gift for 'writing between the lines', for seeing the unexpected. However, for me, the story has lost momentum and has not lived up to my expectations.
I've read every word that Murakami has written. I've loved each one. But 1Q84 is the "Moby Dick", or "The Count of Monte Cristo", or the "Slaughterhouse Five" of his work hitherto. When it was over, I was completely gutted. Sublime. A modern masterpiece.
Hands down amazing!
Great read. A little slow at first but picks up and keeps you hanging on with the suspense. Loved it!
- Category: Literary
- Published: Oct 25, 2011
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 1184 Pages
- Language: English