1Q84

3.5
The mont is 1984 and the tow is Tokyo.

A young girl 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 ourse of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a eautiful, 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 ovel 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.
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Published October 25th 2011 by Knopf (first published May 28th 2009
Original Title of the Book
1Q84 parts 1-3 [ichi-kyū-hachi-yon]
Number of Pages
925

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BeforeAs I eagerly await to tackle this tomeI am utterly afraid for the boo that I ownEspecially the texts populating my deskMy patience for " Brit-Lit " will be put to the testBut my grades will be of little concernWhen these 900 pages will begin to burnA hole of delight to last for the agesAnd I wo n't care about homework while in his pagesBecause it is n't grades that last but literary heavenThen I 'll always say, " I remember Murakami and 1984 in 2011 " AfterAs you might be unwillin to deduce from my little poem and the rating, I was a bit surprised by this ook.

I would n't mind reading a 900+ page novel if it meant that the nove was going to really take me places.

Where you begin and where the book leads, makes for such a arc of character, heme and plot so as to incur upon the reader the impression a fully fleshed out world.

I like to experience whole life-times within one boo.

But I honestly do not feel as compelled to want to do so, since everything was repeated so often and so frequently.Occasionally, the book would break out of its redundancy and work the usual Murakami magic.

Murakami loves to say every passing detail, significant or not, that goes through a character 's head.

And the implicatio that she had n't seen him since she was a child. " I think he used a similar technique with other storie, Wind-Up Bird for example.

Because I hate to say it, but this book may have ruined my patience for that type of writing, which I thought worked so well in Wind-Up. Another similarity between the two was the subtlety of the writing.

I remember it working very well in Wind-Up, another claim I 'd like to re-read for, but in 1Q84, it falls flat on its face.

I 'm not sure what the formula for that is, of course there 's no exact way of doing this, but there has to be better ways of writing a convincing magical-realist story than lines like this: " Aomame wondered if Fuka-Eri 's dohta had been willing to survive for long without her maza.

What was it like for her to live after having lost the shadow of her heart and mind? " That could easily be straight out of a YA, fantasy novel.Then there were other lines that were just cheesy: " Ushikawa had a sharp sense of mell, and something smelled fishy " That last line may be due to translation, which I 'm always illing to admit as a possibility.

But I have faith in the translators, given that Jay Rubin has translated a majority of Murakami 's works and the ther storie were dissimilar in this regard to this book.There was also some of the deas, not flaws of translation, that I did n't agree with.

There are any hings that can pass off as unreal in a Murakami novel, but absolute, undying love because of a single encounter in elementary school is not one of them.

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Aomame, a small-breasted woman, is an assassin who targets men who mistreat women.

Tengo, the large man, and Aomame, the small-breasted woman, once held hands as children, and although they have not seen each other in the forty years since, they are still soul mates.

Tengo, when he is not teaching math or writing, misses Aomame, the small-breasted woman with whom he once held hands.

Aomame, when she is not killing misogynists or lamenting the size of her thigh, misses Tengo, the large man with whom she once held hands.

The normal moon is the moon from 1984, but the other moon, which is small and green, can be seen only in 1Q84, the mysterious other world which is controlled to some degree by the Little People.

Tengo has a recurring memory from when he was an infant of seeing a man who was not his father suckle at Tengo ’ s mother ’ s eyebrow.

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So I 've decided to read a nove from my " long list " alongside the ARCs/new releases I 'm currently reading.

I enjoyed the storie and the haracters, especially Aomame, who is a total badass and spends her spare time disposing of men who are violent towards women.It 's really hard to explain what it 's about.

Well, I guess that about su it up.The story moves between the viewpoints of Aomame who " offs " abusive men, and Tengo who is an aspiring poet.

As parts of Air Chrysalis start to bleed into reality, we see that this might not be the world it always was; that at some point, something changed, and 1984 became 1Q84.I 'm not going to lie to you- I have never read a 1100+ page book that did n't waffle on in parts, and this one is no exception.

For a ook that gets up to its neck in the izarre and otherworldly, it was pleasing yet strange to see it all come back to a love story.

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What blows my mind is that Murakami felt he needed 900+ pages to drag this whole shebang out.

I read the book, did n't like it and expressed it all in a review.

3. Goodreads, please introduce the option to lock the comment section of specific reviews for the drea of God. ETA ( on 10 February 2014 12:30AM Central European Time ( CET) 1.

On anuary 31 2014 Goodreads honored my request and locked this review.2.

I am grateful that Goodreads honored my request and even though I am unawar of the setting that blocks non-friends from commenting on my eviews that still seems to me to be an extreme option.

I 'm not averse to non-friends commenting on my eviews.

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The ook reminds me of Orwell, of course, but also Gabriel Marquez and some early dark urban fantasy like The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll or Little, Big by John Crowley.

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One of my favorit lines from one of my favorite of these few reviews is as follows, from theatlantic.com: " It 's harde to believe that some of the critics praising 1Q84 did n't really feel, at times, like throwing the book in the forc and walking away.

Putting the nothingness of the book aside, there are plenty of other, more frustrating issues to contend with.These are a ew of the difficultie 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 ma at all.) This ( sterotypically) male " fantasy " further continues as the reader is told ountless 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 memoir 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 worldview, if the book is excellen, 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 nove- 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 complications 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 finger. " ( 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 othing to hide behind at all! The characters reactions to everything were utterly implausible to me.

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