1Q84: Books One and Two

The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the xpressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a consequence of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her firs job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a playwright. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experienc and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true? Both Aomame and Tengo notice that the world has grown strange; both realise that they are important to each other. While their stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, the two come closer and closer to intertwining.
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Published October 27th 2011 by Harvill Secker (first published May 29th 2009
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1Q84 Books 1-2
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Not just any men though; Aomame herself did not know why, but ever since the time she was sixteen, she had been attracted to men with thinning hair.Right.Do you get the balding thing now?

Not o.k. Tengo, not o.k.But then, I have read that the age of consent in Japan is what I would consider alarmingly low.Murakami, you like breasts and you like to imagine in women a certain way..

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I finished reading 1Q84 ( surely the blockbuster novel of 2011) almost a mont ago, but I wanted to collect my thoughts before I put fingers to keyboard.

I ’ ve kept thinking about the storie and how each event fits in the overall structure of the ook, how entertaining and intricate the world created is and how I can picture in my head a world that doesn ’ t exist…or does it? The ARC copy I read comprised of Books 1 and 2 ( Book 3 will be published in the UK on 25th October 2011, I ’ m uncertain of an Australian release date).

The cover pictured gives quite an insight into the main symbo of this book.I don ’ t want to spoil the story for others – it ’ s highly original and will keep you reading all through the night but be prepared for almost anything to happen: religious cults, strange sightings of the moon, an older woman out for retributio, missing ersons, murder, love, ex and all sor of people – from big to small.Murakami must be lauded for his bility to think of such an intricate plot – almost every detail is leading you further into the tal and almost nothing is there by chance.

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Murakami made me love literature again when I was 16 years old and enjoy again those reading moments before going to sleep, but this book seemed insufferable to me.

I don ’ t think I ’ m gon na read the second and last part ever { or at least in the first ew months }- ESP- { Aviso: solamente he leído los Libros 1 y 2 tal como está editado 1Q84 por Maxi Tusquets } « Conviertes lo que has visto en palabras y lo reconstruyes.

De esa forma confirmas tu sitio en el mundo como ser humano. » Es el primer y único libro de Murakami que no me ha gustado.

Murakami hizo que volviera a amar la literatura cuando tenía 16 años y volver a disfrutar de esos momentos de lectura antes de irme a dormir, pero este libro me ha parecido insufrible.

No pasó nada de eso.Me encantó el personaje de Aomame desde el principio por ser un personaje diferente a lo que estoy acostumbrada en las obras del escritor japonés, y me gustaba mucho ver representada una asesina a sueldo, feminista { aunque ella no se considerara como tal }, una mujer fuerte e independiente y diferente a los personajes femeninos del autor.

No ha dado respuestas a la mayoría de preguntas que plantea la novela, y la conclusión de los mundos paralelos no llegó a engancharme.Os parecerá una tontería, pero este libro me ha roto el corazón.

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“ If you ca n't understand it without an explanation, you ca n't understand it with an explanation. ” An oft repeated phrase throughout the las two ooks of what has been described as Haruki Murakami 's magnum opus by an overly enthusiastic reviewer desperate to get a quote on the cover of the ook, and one that obviously works as a message to the reader confused by the inadequac of explanation for events throughout the novel.Being only two thirds through the ovel at this stage I can not provide a full response to the text, I would have preferred to buy each book individually for psychological reasons more than anyone, the size of this novella is intimidating, but this is the wee of reading big books and so I finally built up the ourage to tackle 805 pages and such is the casual and playful nature of Murakami 's prose in this contex that I hardly noticed how heavy the book itself was.

On face value 1Q84 is an exact replica of his other works and at the same time nothing at all like what has come before.

He touches on the same theme, in true Quentin Tarantino fashion his sexual fetish is made obvious, the bleeding together of reality and fictio, the dislocated lives of his rotagonists but most prominent is the reason that this is his most romantic work since Norwegian Wood, that special somethin of agical and tortured romance you seem to only find in the stories of Haruki Murakami.

I frequently realised that I was X number of pages in and not much had actually happened, plot development was minimal or the direction was vague but these are not bad things when part of a tal told by Haruki Murakami, especially one told in such vivid detail.

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I 'm sad to report that I did n't so much love this novel.

I am however proud that I can now boast that I can read a 900 page book.

I 'm not going to spoil things, but after slogging through 900 pages you expect some fireworks at the beginnin.

I did n't hate the book, but do n't think it at all lives up to his earlier stuff.

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