One of my favorit lin from one of my favorite of these few reviews is as follows, from theatlantic.com: " It 's ard to believe that some of the critics praising 1Q84 did n't really feel, at times, like throwing the book in the ir and walking away.
Putting the nothingness of the book aside, there are plenty of other, more frustrating issues to contend with.These are a handfu of the roblems I personally had with 1Q84: Aomame comes across as a flat, two-dimensional character whose main purpose is to serve as ( an older male) fantasy.
This would not be an issue if it appeared to serve any purpose towards her character development- but it does n't.
( To clarify again- Aomame does n't particularly want to have sex with the other gir at all.) This ( sterotypically) male " fantasy " further continues as the reader is told severa times how she is attracted only to much older men with receding hairlines, and proceeds to detail each of these sexual encounters.
Aomame is in no way empowered by the depiction of her sex life, instead she is an object- a pornagraphic object, again apparently designed for the titillation of the reader.If it 's in the best interest of the essa in question, I am perfectly ok with reading about bigoted characters, or even books written by riters with an obvious agenda that clashes with my own philosophies, if the nove is ood, and provokes thought.
There is the " older married girlfriend " who serves no purpose other than to be a sexual object for Tengo ( she does n't even have a name); there is the police woman who befriends Aomame and constantly wants sex with her though she is self-declared " completely straight " ( and appears to serve no other purpose in the ook- she is n't grappling with her sexuality, this is n't an exploration of multifaceted queerness or a critique of the heteronormative structures that this character exists within, she simply is there to have girl-on-girl sex without the omplications of actual character development); and even with Fuka-Eri more attention was spent on the shape of her breasts than on her merits as a person or writer.
( view spoiler) [ I will also admit that I grew very, very tire of every conversation she had with Tengo being punctuated by lines such as " she said to him, massaging his scrotum in her hands. " ( hide spoiler) ] As with Aomame 's segments, the sex all truly appears to serve no purpose, and is crudely written at that, meaning it all comes across as both needlessly pornographic, and incredibly boring, two things good writing- and good sex- should never be.
When Tengo is not having dull sexual encounters with his older married girlfriend, he mostly wanders around not doing anything.
After he had finished reading the book out loud and in minute detail, Tengo made dinner and went to bed.
But that was fine with Tengo because he liked sex with his older married girlfriend very much.
He did n't even mind that sex with his older married girlfriend was a sometimes a distraction from his writing work.
I 'm retty confiden that if all the moments of needless, boring repetition were removed, the boo would come well under the 500 page mark- but then the appalling details and lack of plot would have something to hide behind at all! The characters reactio to verything were utterly implausible to me.